The bathroom is one of the most inaccessible rooms in the home. Small cramped spaces make caregiving difficult and unsafe, especially for persons in the late stages of dementia. However, making the bathroom wheelchair accessible – with room to maneuver – makes caregiving easier and safer. It can also help you care for the person longer at home – and with greater ease.
Important fall and burn issues can also be addressed by remodeling your bathroom to include non-slip flooring, grab bars, and anti-scald protection.
Making the bathroom comfortable can go a long way in reducing the stress of bathing and grooming. Depending on your budget, you’ll want to look into heat lamps, radiant-heated floors, and comfortable seating.