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Portable Tub and Shower Safety Items for Geriatrics

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At some point, the child becomes the parent…..

and then…

parent to the parent.

As families enter new seasons of life, homes must adjust to meet the changing needs.

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One area that can be particularly awkward is the hardworking bathroom.

In my home, the guest room has a private vanity, but shares the tub and toilet…

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Jack and Jill style…

with the bedroom on the other side.

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Last winter, this space was sometimes shared by a college-age male and his 84-year-old grandmother.

A situation that could have been awkward……

but was basically effortless (Big…Hallelujah!!) because of….what turned out to be… smart planning.

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First, the bathroom was long overdue for a facelift.  The redo was fresh, clean, and both gender and age neutral.

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See redo here.   This made me feel better even though it did nothing to improve the overall function of the area.

 It was just nice to have a freshened bathroom.

 A little gift to me.  πŸ™‚

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Next, the tub needed to have non-skid and other anti-fall protectors installed.  The problem was….Mom would only be with us temporarily…..and then the bathroom would return to a regular guest room.  Because of this, I didn’t want grip bars and other safety items permanently installed.

When I started shopping for bath safety items, I really didn’t know what was available…..especially portable items…. and didn’t know where to buy them.

Boy, was I in for a nice surprise.

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Only three items were needed….  A chair, a tub mat, and a grip handle.

The professional name for these items is durable medical equipment….so with a name like that…..you’d expect to have to purchase them at a specialty store.  Wrong.  I found these brand name products online through one of the big home improvement retailers…….. at terrific prices AND they were delivered to my door.

The non-skid mat is pretty self-explanatory.  It comes in full tub length or smaller…. for a shower.

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It grips the tub with these amazing little super-duper suction cups.

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At the end of each bath, I rinsed the mat and hung it up to drip dry on a towel bar.  At least once a week, I scoured it with a liquid cleanser that included soap scum remover.  There was never any sign of soap scum buildup or mold/mildew.  Not one single molecule……ever.  Love that!

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The chair required simple assembly, but like the mat……it was drip dry, cleaned everyday (the seat), and never harbored any mold or mildew.  Easy peasy.

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The hand grip came assembled in this nifty box.

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It was simply lifted out of the box and attached to the tub.

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View from inside the tub.

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Placement was then adjusted to Mom’s personal preference.  By using the grab bar between the shower seat and the floor, she did not have to reach for a bar and risk becoming unsteady.  The handle also hit close to her center of gravity…so she could pivot out of the tub with support at her most steady point.

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When Mom returned home, the pieces were cleaned and put into storage in the back corner of the closet.

And the tub area…..returned to its former self.

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We look forward to having Mom visit again.

The tub items anxiously await…….

….along with….

…her loving family.

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Until next time,

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Happy days,

Suz

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  • Reply Ringworld February 10, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Those additions make perfect sense. Temporary but with a lot of common sense. I know about the durable medical equipment but did not see that detachable bar and that is ADA compliant? What about the toilet?

    • Reply thechelseaprojectblog February 10, 2015 at 11:35 pm

      It’s from Medline….not an off brand. I think the serial number shows on one of the photos and could be checked at the http://www.medline.com website. She didn’t require any toliet items. She was able to sit and stand without stress on her knees or any assistance. This set-up was good for us because her gait and balance was very good. Our goal to to put measures in place to prevent a tub slip.

      • Reply Ringworld February 11, 2015 at 5:44 am

        Not stress its to help prevent slipping. Just like the tub aide

  • Reply thechelseaprojectblog February 11, 2015 at 5:55 am

    No..she has arthritis in her knees, but experienced no stress from standing and no instability requiring a hold tool to prevent slipping..happily…we were good.

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