Increasing safety and security for Dementia clients in the bathroom
|Dementia can diminish the awareness of danger and so this can make the bathroom a confusing and dangerous place. People with dementia have an increased risk of falling and so the design of a bathroom must take into consideration the safety of the individual.
It is advisable to remove locks from bathroom doors, as they may be unfamiliar and can cause distress if a person cannot leave the bathroom. Removing the locks also allows quick access in case the individual has fallen.
Avoid shiny, reflective floors where possible. They can be perceived as being wet and so cause a person with dementia to feel anxious or move unsteadily. Likewise, flooring with flecks or small patterns should be avoided as these could be seen as dirt and so bring the risk of unsteadiness and falling when a person attempts to clean them up.
Keep essential items within reach, if the toilet roll is kept within sight and easy reach it enables independent toileting.
Contrasting colours are recommended, coloured toilet seats increase visibility and can make it easier for a person to position themselves before sitting down, whilst contrasting grab rails on the walls make them easier to locate and hold on to when required.
Using a specific colour or style of face cloths and towels allows the individual to recognise them as their own, ensure they are kept in the same location to promote a good routine.
Traditional fixings and fittings are ideal, modern style flushes and taps can cause confusion as to how they work and thus make a person anxious or distressed. Temperature limiters are available to ensure water does not get too hot to prevent scalding, contact a plumber or bathroom supplier for these features.
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