(Please print this page for your personal safe keeping)
- Is the floor non slip and are the rugs or area mats non-slip as well?
- Are handrails or grab bars installed in the bathtub, shower, by the toilet and along the walls to provide extra support? Are they at the proper standing and sitting heights? (Make sure they are properly installed so they do not fall out).
- Are there nonskid rubber mats or nonskid strips or decals in the bottom of the bath and/or shower?
- When required, is there a raised toilet seat or a higher toilet to provide for easier sitting and standing?
- Are there liquid soap dispensers in the shower and by the bathtub?
- Is there a transfer bench if needed by the bath or shower for a person in a wheelchair? Is there a chair if needed to place in the bathtub, shower or by the sink?
- Is the bathroom conveniently located in the home? Is it on the same floor as the bedroom?
- Is the sink 27-30″ in height, with no cabinet underneath to provide easy access for a wheelchair?
- Are the faucets knob-type or double lever or cross knob? It is important to use single lever faucets to make gripping and turning easier? (You may elect to install a non-scald device so that your loved one cannot be burned from hot water.)
- Is there telephone access in an emergency from the bathroom?
- Other Reminders:
- Be careful when using bath oils and lotions on the feet.
- Always clean up all water on the floor promptly.
- If there are sliding doors on the bathtub, consider replacing them with a shower curtain so that it is easier to enter and leave the tub. Likewise, if you must step into the shower stall, consider replacing it with a flat entrance.