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Making the Bathroom Safer for a Person with Alzheimer’s

People with Alzheimer’s may need help with daily tasks, such as using the bathroom, as the disease progresses. As a caregiver, you can take steps to make the person’s home a safer place and avoid accidents. To help reduce bathroom hazards, consider these tips:

  • Use a plastic shower stool and a hand-held showerhead to make bathing easier.
  • Place nonskid adhesive strips, decals, or mats in the tub and shower to help prevent slips, trips, and falls. If the bathroom is uncarpeted, consider placing these strips next to the tub, toilet, and sink as well.
  • Use a raised toilet seat with handrails or install grab bars beside the toilet to provide support.
  • Remove the lock from the bathroom door to prevent the person with Alzheimer’s from accidentally getting locked inside.

Explore more bathroom and home safety tips for a person with Alzheimer’s.

Published by Chrishun Brown

Communications Manager for the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center

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