You close the door and slowly turn around. A quick glance around the bathroom leaves you feeling both relieved and anxious. While you appreciate the privacy, you’re acutely aware of the difficulties all around you. Where you once simply saw a toilet, tub, and sink, you now see sitting, tripping, slipping, and fumbling. You lean against the sink as you contemplate peeking out the door to ask for help. Enjoying privacy in the bathroom shouldn’t be this overwhelming. And it doesn’t have to be! Strategically placed assistive devices can stabilize and support you, conserve your energy and extend your reach, helping you regain confidence behind the closed bathroom door. Read on to find out how inserting the right devices into your hygiene activities can help set you up for bathroom independence.
There are many ways to ensure your toilet is the safest seat in the house. A raised toilet seat, like the Nova Toilet Seat is a must have for people who lack stability or strength as it reduces the distance you must travel when sitting down and standing up. An alternative for people who want a more streamlined look, is to install a comfort height toilet. Regardless of your seat height, grab bars – either freestanding or mounted – will provide additional stability by giving you something secure to hold on to while using the toilet.
The disability friendly Toilet Support Arms are a great aid if a user needs support when using the toilet. People with reduced mobility can use the toilet arms to hold on to while sitting down and as an aid to get into standing position again.
Sitting down is only half the battle for people who have limited reach or range of motion as both can be a barrier to getting yourself clean. One solution is to pick up a pair of tissue tongs; another would be to convert your standard toilet into a bidet. A range of bidet seats are available but if you want to treat yourself to next level luxury, might I suggest the stylish and innovative Eko Jetwave.
In an ideal world we would all have barrier-free tubs and showers. However, the reality is most people need to work with less accessible bathing setups. If your feet will be hitting the surface of your tub or shower, you need to invest in a quality bath mat. The ENKOSI Shower Mat provides a non-slip surface for even the largest tubs. Grab bars are also a must for people at risk of slipping and falling. Check out this tub-mounted rail or this freestanding support pole that can be used inside or outside of a shower or tub. For those unable to stand to bathe, a tub transfer bench and/or bath seat is highly recommended. The Ropox Shower Seat is a standard bath chair, but for people interested in the latest in bath seat technology check out the Bellavita Bath Lifter.
For increased safety while showering, an automatic soap dispenser is also a must as it eliminates the need to fumble with wet bottles and bars.
Now that you are safely toileted and cleaned, how do you finish the job? There are thousands of grooming aids available and endless tips and tricks, so I will just highlight a few.
Shaving can be made safer and easier with a couple of innovative devices. The first is a made in Canada razor extension handle, that eliminates bending and reaching while shaving hard to reach places like legs and armpits; and the second is a weighted razor cuff that helps to steady shaky hands while working on your beard, moustache or sideburns.
For those with limited mobility, strength, endurance and range of motion, an electric toothbrush is your best friend! They are widely available and can accommodate almost any budget. For the flossers out there, Flossaid has a neat dental floss holder that allows people with limited dexterity to hold and use that finicky floss.
As a Canadian, dry hair isn’t always about style; so for those cold winter days when you don’t dare leave the house with wet hair, check out this hands-free dryer stand perfect for those with limited endurance, mobility and range of motion. However, for those also interested in taming their unruly locks, you’ll want to pick up a long-handled brush or comb allowing you the extra reach needed to get you looking your best. Bathroom set ups are as diverse as the people who use them. There are endless ways to ensure yours is as safe as possible for you and your loved ones. This article is meant to give you an idea of what is possible and some of the products available to help you achieve comfort and independence in your bathroom. Check out evika.io for more devices to help you keep you confident behind a closed bathroom door.
The Hands Free Hair Dryer Stand allows you to style your hair without having to struggle holding a bulky hair dryer. Slip your hair dryer into the holder, position it and let go for hands free hair drying! People with arthritis who have difficulty holding a hair dryer will find this stand helpful.