Everyone wants to maintain their independence for as long as possible when it comes to using the toilet and there are many ways to make your toileting routine easier as you age.
If you are finding it difficult to get to the toilet in time or sit and stand from the seat without experiencing pain in your joints, we’ve put together some top tips that can help you stay confident and comfortable in the bathroom so you can enjoy independent living.
We understand that discussing toileting routines can be awkward and embarrassing, especially if you are not as independent as you used to be. However, requiring support in the bathroom is common for many people and it’s important you get the best equipment to help you stay comfortable and safe. If you find it challenging to get on and off the toilet, or are experiencing general difficulties with your mobility in the bathroom, here are some aids that may assist you.
Don’t wait until the last minute
One of the simplest ways to reduce the risk of accidents and improve comfort using the toilet, is to visit the bathroom regularly. Try to avoid rushing to the toilet as this can increase your risk of falls. Knowing when to go will enable you to take your time and help you to stay safe, whether you’re at home or out and about.
If you’re visiting a new place it can be a good idea to locate the nearest toilets before you go, or when your first arrive, so you can plan ahead and enjoy your time away from home.
Make simple changes to the home
There are a number of simple changes you can make to your home to ensure your toileting routine remains as smooth as possible. Good lighting is important around the home if you have limited mobility or vision, and it is especially beneficial to have sufficient lighting on the way to the toilet, as well as in the bathroom, to reduce the risk of falls.
If you regularly wake in the night to use the toilet, sensor lights may be beneficial in your bedroom and on the landing to avoid fumbling in the dark and keep your walkway lit up clearly.
Another idea is to move toilet paper and other hygiene products to within easy reach of the toilet. You may need to move your toilet roll holder or perhaps add a small basket close to the toilet to minimise the risk of becoming unbalanced when reaching for the products you need.