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Making the Bathroom Safer for a Loved One With Alzheimer's


Changes that may need to be made in the bathroom include:
  • Remove the lock from the bathroom door to prevent the person with Alzheimer's disease from getting locked inside.
  • Place nonskid adhesive strips, decals, or mats in the tub and shower. If the bathroom is uncarpeted, consider placing these strips next to the tub, toilet, and sink.
  • Use washable wall-to-wall bathroom carpeting to prevent slipping on wet tile floors.
  • Use an extended toilet seat with handrails, or install grab bars beside the toilet.
  • Install grab bars in the tub/shower. A grab bar in contrasting color to the wall is easier to see.
  • Use a foam rubber faucet cover (often used for small children) in the tub to prevent serious injury should the person with Alzheimer's disease fall.
  • Use plastic shower stools and a hand-held showerhead to make bathing easier.
  • In the shower, tub, and sink use a single faucet that mixes hot and cold water to avoid burns.
  • Adjust the water heater to 120 degrees to avoid scalding tap water.
  • Insert drain traps in sinks to catch small items that may be lost or flushed down the drain.
  • Store medications (prescription and nonprescription) in a locked cabinet. Check medication dates and throw away outdated medications.
  • Remove cleaning products from under the sink, or lock them away.
  • Use a night-light.
  • Remove small electrical appliances from the bathroom. Cover electrical outlets. If men use electric razors, have them use a mirror outside the bathroom to avoid water contact.
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