The holidays are approaching, and you know what that means — family time! Hosting is a lot of work and we usually prepare things like the bedding or food or plan outings but one thing that is often overlooked is bathroom safety and comfort for aging parents. Both I and my partners parents are in their 70's and 80's. His mom came for a week long visit last Thanksgiving and she left me a few bathroom hints. First was the TP. I buy the super thin Scott 1000 because I feel it's the most environmentally friendly choice. Plus it's cheap and lasts forever. She casually brought up in conversation how much she enjoys a certain brand of super soft TP that has lotion or something in it. I defended my choice in TP thinking it was a contest of who buys better TP, but then I realized, after visiting my aging mother who has switched to super soft quilted TP that there is a reason it's made. Hence, I now stock super soft TP in the spare bathroom.
While visiting, my partners mother also mentioned that she was "scared to get into the shower because of the sloped floor" but found that she didn't' slip at all, like she thought she would. We have since purchased anti slip tape for the floor which should help some but what we really need are ADA security handles for the walls. Most household falls occur in the bathroom so this is where it would be a great idea to have some security measures in place. But we do not want to drill holes in the walls and put in permanent grab bars everywhere. Besides that, they cost about $450 per bar to have them professionally installed. So I found a product that is temporary and can even travel with you. It's the Drive Medical Suction Cup Handle Grab Bar and you can buy it through many online stores like Amazon and Bed Bath and beyond. It's around $20 so it is an affordable solution to buy a few and strategically place them around the bathroom for the next time either of our parents visit.