When the Bathroom is Too Small: Senior Home Safety Ideas in East Brunswick, NJ

When the Bathroom is Too Small: Senior Home Safety Ideas in East Brunswick, NJ

Home Safety in East Brunswick, NJSenior home safety is vital to ensuring that your elderly loved one is safe at home, that the risk of falls or other accidents is minimized, and that they are at an increased risk of running into trouble when no one is around to help them. There is no such thing as a 100 percent safe home environment, though, but most accidents do occur in the bathroom and the kitchen.

Let’s focus on the bathroom right now. Is there anything that you could do to ensure that the bathroom is safer for your elderly loved one? Absolutely. Grab bars are the first idea. But what about if the bathroom is just too small? Is there anything that you could do to help alleviate the situation?

When a bathroom is small, this can make moving around in it more challenging. Imagine that your father has a walker and he can’t seem to get into the bathroom with it, and close the door safely. He might have to move the walker to the side in order to close the door. This can cause him to lose balance and fall down.

When you’re concerned with senior home safety, think about some of the aspects of a bathroom that is too small from the senior’s perspective. It might not be a big deal to you to walk in, close the door, and use the facilities. However, it could be quite challenging. Some bathrooms are cramped so tight that there is barely enough room to stand and turn around in them. It doesn’t matter whether there is a shower stall in it or not.

If the bathroom is too small, you could consider having the door swing out, rather than in. This might pose a risk to someone in the hallway, but there are ways around that. By have the door swing out, you create about 10 square feet of new space. This should allow plenty of room for the walker.

You could also get half counters. These are new ideas for small bathrooms that essentially provide a narrow sink, but oblong, with counters that are half as deep as traditional ones.

You could also remove the closet, if there is one in the room. Place towels and other items in a cabinet over the sink. These cabinets would also be half the depth of normal cabinets. Just by doing that, you could increase the useable square footage of flooring space by almost 20 to 30.

Then you could add grab bars where needed and that will boost senior home safety in that bathroom.

To learn more about home safety in East Brunswick, NJ, contact Mobility Construction services. We can offer you information about installation and help you to understand the importance of these and other safety features in the home. CALL 888-997-6420

About Jeffrey Wolf

I am the Owner of Mobility Consulting & Contracting Co., of Freehold, NJ.

At Mobility Consulting & Contracting Co., we realize that there is no place like home. Our goal is to treat our clients as we would our own family. We strive to improve the quality of life for you and your family members.

Since 1988, Mobility Consulting and Contracting has been providing wheelchair accessibility evaluations and contracting for homes, apartments, condos, and public work sites with a concentration in the New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania area. Mobility Consulting and Contracting is expanding to Maryland, D.C., and Virginia. Over 20 years serving the accessibility industry. Over 25 years experience in construction and construction management.

Mobility is an all inclusive business that will work closely with each individual customer to ensure the modification is designed to accommodate a specific disability and eliminate accessibility challenges. As your home accessibility specialists we will provide personal attention to your project’s success.
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