Caring for Aging Parents: How to Prepare Your Bathroom

ASK LAURIE: I’m caring for my 90-year-old father and it’s imperative to transform my shower into a workable space for him. What do I do? - Johnny F, OK

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Comments (8)

  1. Marty Heebner says:

    Laurie – these are SUCH important things to know! Thanks for putting great information out there.

    • Laurie_March says:

      Thanks Marty! I think you're right… so many people need more information on how to safely help relatives age in place. Thanks for watching!

    • DHill1959 says:

      After caring for both my parents for over 18 years, 24/7, YES there are many modifications necessary to make the work and provide the caring and medical needs so much better and safer.
      1. Make bathroom doors wider to allow for wheelchair access to get in and wash hands, arms, face, etc.
      2. Should have lavatory that can wheel all the way under so person can reach faucets while being strapped to back of chair….
      3. Enough space for wheelchair and caregiver to turn around unhindered… [multiple X daily]

  2. Colleen says:

    We need to add a small full bathroom for our handicap daughter. She can destroy things so we need the shower mtoilet and sink to be tamper proof. Any ideas on where to go for this kind of info?

  3. DHill1959 says:

    4. BEST POSSIBLE is having a "WALK IN TUB" eliminates most safety issues, allows for soaking for skin to stay healthy, and most have HAND SHOWERS for washing specific areas… and can be done by caregiver.

    4. Must have room for caregiver to move around behind and have complete reach of patient…

    5. WALK IN TUBS can be used by ambulatory and non-ambulatory patients with aid of HOYER LIFTS and similar adaptable lifting devices to eliminate issues. IN SUCH CASE: the tub should be elevated to allow for passage underneath the tub for the stabilizing legs of the lifting device(s). Thus, just roll the elevated patient gently over the tub and lower them in to it. SAME in reverse to remove from tub.

  4. DHill1959 says:

    My experience: Showers were the most desired by men, however did NOT give much help to their skin on entire body, especially lower extremity, [which we as caregivers had to treat issues around the clock 24/7], and might have been avoided with efficient and proper bathing.

    The results: The hightened mood and general well being of the person is noticeable after a good bath, and in my parent's cases, their haircare and shaving brought them to "bright & alive." A very rich time indeed!

    Some paralyzed patients can utilize the tub with supervision and proper careful maneuvering by their caregiver, with proper medical approval.

  5. DHill1959 says:

    I WOULD DEFINITELY LIKE TO SEE MORE HGTV HOMES WITH THE "WALK IN" TUBS BEING UTILIZED. THEY ARE MUCH SAFER AND CAN BE USED AS SIT DOWN SHOWERS AS WELL.

  6. VADA says:

    I have a shower bench in my tub and a spray hose.I would love a bath .Have a small bathroomroll in and back out .no turn around room at all .lost both legs in a drunk driver accident,so i stay in a wheelchair all the time.

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