Jul 18, 2018 by Suzanne M. White
Older adults use the bathroom multiple times throughout the day and at night. Since nighttime toileting can lead to slips, trips, falls, and serious injuries, Comfort Keepers of Flemington, NJ suggests the following nighttime toileting safety tips.
One of the easiest ways to make nighttime toileting safer is to invest in nightlights. Comfort Keepers suggests LED nightlights because they are far brighter and longer lasting than other options. It’s a good idea to add nightlights to hallways and other areas of the home to make it safer for seniors to walk to the bathroom in the dark.
Grab bars are designed to make it safer and easier for senior citizens to move from one position to another. They are a bathroom essential for older adults with limited mobility. Grab bars can be simply installed by screwing fasteners into wall studs. It’s important that they are checked frequently to ensure they are sturdy enough to support older adults.
Seniors can easily slip and fall on bathroom floors in the middle of the night. Although it may seem like rugs can solve this issue, older adults can trip on rugs as well. If possible, installing slip-resistant floors is well worth the time and investment.
Comfort Keepers recommends motion activated toilets for older adults because they can help them stay focused while they are in the bathroom. The toilet should be near a grab bar or handrail so that older adults can keep their balance while they are sitting on the toilet or rising up from it.
To sum up, adding plenty of lights, installing grab bars, ensuring slip-resistant floors, and adding a motion activated toilet can all help keep your senior loved one safe while they are using the bathroom at night.
For more information on in-home care services, or to learn the many ways Comfort Keepers® of Flemington, NJ can help your senior loved stay safe during the night, contact us at (908) 806-2220 or Toll Free at (877) 806-2220. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.