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Home safety in the bathroom

Many accidents happen in bathrooms, so check the safety of the bathroom that you will use for home care. Best safety improvements are:

* Shower chair

* An open-plan or walk-in shower stall with a low curb

* Nonskid flooring

* Grab bars

BATHROOM SAFETY TIPS:

* Cover all sharp edges with rubber cushioning

* Install medicine cabinet lighting, so mistakes area not made when taking medicine

* Remove locks on bathroom doors

* Use nonskid safety strips or a nonslip bath mat in the tub or shower

* Put a grab bar (instead of a towel bar) on the edge of the vanity.

* Remove glass shower doors, and replace them with unbreakable plastic or shower curtains

* Install ground-fault interrupter (GFI) electrical outlets and use only electrical appliances with a GFI feature

* Set the hot water thermostat BELOW 120 degrees

* Use faucets that mix hot and cold water, or paint hot water knobs red

* Insulate (cover) hot water pipes to prevent burns

* Install toilet guard rails, or provide a portable toilet seat with built-in rails.

Some items that make the bathroom safer and more comfortable for those in your care can add a touch of pure luxury, such as overhead heat lamps, and heated towel racks.

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