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JAEET

07:29PM | 09/26/01
Member Since: 09/25/01
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My family is planning a renovation of my
parents' bathroom to increase my father's
accessibility, due to dx of Alzheimers.
We are searching for recommendations
on shower/bathtub combinations, floor surfaces, toilets and grab bars. Anyone out there who has done this with great success?

Matches

12:08PM | 09/27/01
Member Since: 09/01/00
312 lifetime posts
Hi Jaeet,
I have been working in a retirement community for 13 years and 10 years in nursing homes prior to that.Allow me to share with you some very inexpensive ideas which will assist you now as well as down the road.By the way,keep dad at home as long as possible.
The assistive devices you will need are readily available from pharmacies,mail order,and even department stores.Shower chair,grab bars,raised toilet seats,and shower spray hoses are usually what you need.You shouldn't need to make alterations to anything except the tub if there is trouble getting in and out.
Although you don't need it yet,please link up with a nursing home or retirement community as well as a local home health agency.Most individuals in this business will offer advice now with the possibility you'll need them in the future.For example,the devices you'll need at home may cost you nothing depending on medicare eligibility and so on(that part is not my area of expertise).A home health agency or visiting nurse may take a look at the bathroom and make their recommendations as well.
This is all pretty exhausting mentally so please do seek the help of others.You may also wish to visit www.caregivers.com .Best wishes!

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