Make sure the path from your bedroom to the bathroom is well-lit and free of clutter Wear non-slip shoes or slippers If you feel dizzy or unsteady on your feet, talk to your family doctor The techniques listed below are recommended during early healing and are generally in place for six to eight weeks following your surgery.
Grab bars and non-slip mats should be installed where possible, to make getting in/out of the shower easier and safer. When bars cannot be installed and if space allows, you can use your walking aid (walker, crutches or cane) for more support.
Stand close to and face the shower door, and move your walker behind you. Then step into the shower stall with your operated leg, by using your walking aid and grab bars for support.
Then step down with your non-operated leg, using your walking aid and or grab bars for support. To watch a video clip on how to safely get in and out of a walk-in shower stall, please see below.
Note: These instructions for getting in and out of a standard bathtub are for patients who are allowed to weight bear as tolerated (WHAT) following surgery. If you have any concerns at all, you can sponge bath in the early days after your surgery.
Grab bars and non-slip mats should be in place where possible, to maker getting in/out of the bathtub easier and safer. If you do not have, or are unable to install, grab bars in your tub enclosure, it is strongly recommended that you get an add-on-tub rail.
To watch a video clip on how to safely get in and out of a standard bathtub, please see below. A bathtub transfer bench lets you sit while bathing for more safety and comfort.
If you have any concerns at all, you can sponge bath in the early days after your surgery. Grab bars and non-slip mats should be in place where possible, to make getting in/out of the bathtub easier and safer.
To safely get into a tub using a transfer bench, follow these steps : Place your hand on the back of the chair or use the add-on tub rail for support.
Instead, you should use a hand held shower hose, and have someone turn on/off the water. You can also use a long handled sponge and soap on a rope to avoid bending forward too much.
To safely get out of a tub using a transfer bench, follow these steps : To watch a video clip on how to safely get in and out of a bathtub using a transfer bench, please see below.
To watch a video clip on how to safely wash your hair at the sink, please see below. Maybe your aging parent or elderly loved one is using a wheelchair and is having difficulty transferring onto a bench or seat in the shower.
Remember to put the brakes on when transferring in/out of the chair and when showering. Of course, the issue of privacy arises when you have to evaluate if a window in the shower or the bathroom is actually a good idea in the first place.
The answer is almost always yes and the remaining concern is what type of window and what proportions to choose. Having a full-height window in the shower is amazing as long as it doesn’t compromise your privacy.
You can basically enjoy a nice warm shower while looking out the window without feeling totally exposed. Ideally, a large shower window or glass wall would open up the bathroom to a private garden.
Perhaps a skylight can be an option, or perhaps you could opt for a long, horizontal window just under the ceiling. It’s high enough to offer total privacy and to let you have solid walls, but it still serves as a source of natural light.
Actually, the idea of a high, horizontal window is pretty awesome and perfect for almost any shower or bathroom no matter the type of style. This bathroom has not one but two showers which help to ensure a symmetrical interior design and structure.
There’s one tall and narrow window at the far end of the bathroom, right at the center of the wall, and it illuminates the entire room, allowing the light to be reflected off the white tiles that cover up the walls and the ceiling. The shower is positioned in the corner, framing the tub which gives the room a pretty symmetrical look.
There are four tiny windows in the shower, high enough to maintain privacy. When it comes down to choosing an option, the decision should be made in relation to the unique particularities of the bathroom and the shower.
That being said, it’s possible to combine two or more of the ideas we just presented, much like in the case of this stylish bathroom which has a direct connection to a garden and a set of clerestory windows. She may not be very fond of people, finding them annoying most of the time, but she still enjoys helping them from the shadows.
Though they are known to be a bit finicky, the steamy environment of a bathroom apparently makes them feel right at home. The less temperamental varieties Dendrobium, Phalaenopsis (pictured above), and Paphiopedilum s like bright, filtered bathroom window light.
Treehugger / Lesley Judith Sansevieria, also charmingly known as “mother-in-law’s tongue” is another completely affable plant that doesn't have a lot of needs. Its pretty curly-cue stalks can grow quite huge, making for a dramatic touch in a bathroom corner.
With their beautiful, reaching fronds, they provide a lot of bang for the buck and will ensure that your bathroom never feels boring again.