A Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Perspective, Singapore
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Accessible Bathrooms - Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Singapore
you have an ageing parent(s), regardless if they're staying with you on
they're living on their own, it's best to engage an occupational
therapy or physiotherapy specialist to do a walkthrough assessment of
your/their homes to identify and highlight possible problem areas that
are high risk to causing injuries such as falls. In this article we will
look at accessible bathrooms and toilets.
bathrooms and toilets refers to ease of access in terms of convenience,
safety and comfort. Two areas are looked at: access prior to the
bathrooms/toilets per se, and the physical environment within the toilet
Accessibility Outside Bathrooms and Toilets
area needs to be well lit, be it natural lighting or not. If possible
or necessary, install railings along the walls on both sides of the
access/hallway to the bathrooms and toilets. Remove any loose furniture
or mats such as thin and whimsical tables that are easily toppled over,
remove loose rugs that is easily to be entangled and take note of the
flooring. If the flooring is very slippery/smooth finished, try to wear
proper and adequate footwear within the house. If the entrance of the
toilet has a higher or lower step down/up/over kerb, try to highlight
the kerb with a bright yellow tape to show the depth/area difference.
Accessible Bathrooms and Toilets
safely inside the bathrooms, first ensure that the flooring on the dry
area should be dry, and the wet area should be wet. You can mop the
floor or allow the wind to dry the flooring for you. If you had just
mopped the floor, advise them to allow the floor to dry first. Avoid
having loose rugs within the bathrooms, as well as remove any
unnecessary clutter as well. Install grab bars and rails on the commonly
used area e.g. near the sink, toilet bowl and shower area. If you use
liquid soap or shampoo dispensers, make sure that you have a "catcher"
bowl to ensure no stray soap or shampoo make the floor slipper. Install a
firm and medium-heavy shower chair with arm rests, as well as portable
shower heads. Keep the commonly used items within easy reach too.
are some general advise for you, but if you are cautious and are
concerned about having injuries or falls in the house, it will be best
if you engage your local physiotherapy and occupational therapy group
(if you don't know anyone, check with your family physician; if you're
in Singapore, we'll be more than happy to help you) to both assess your
family member and prescribe a physiotherapy program; as well as to
assess the accessibility of bathrooms.
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