Bathroom Aids & Dementia

The key to a good bathroom layout and the right aids can help to maintain independence longer for a person with dementia.

Use careful consideration when someone with dementia is using the bathroom. Below are some helpful tips that can make finding and using the bathroom easier for a person with dementia.

Make the toilet door stand out

Doors that look the same will make harder to find the right door to the bathroom. Using a sticker to highlight the toilet door makes it easier  for someone to find the right door.

Use a contrasting coloured toilet seat

Aging or someone with progressive dementia may find it difficult to rise from low positions.  Raised toilet seats increase the height of the toilet. In addition to this, using a contrasting coloured toilet seat, will help to distinguish it from its surroundings.

Support aids 

When accessing the toilet and/or lowering themselves onto the toilet for extra stability there are many solutions that help to reduce the risk of falls.

Grab rails

Are a simple and effective solutions for reducing falls in the bathroom. We recommend Satin-finished rails in wet environments due to their non-reflective surface.

Toilet aids

Toilet frames are adjustable to fit around most toilet pans. They are light-weight and portable, and free-standing, and can be easily removed when not in use.

Lighting and visibility aids

Think reflection and contrast. Lighting create shadows which can be distressing. Cleverly positioned lighting above a sink and toilet draws attention to these areas helping users to easily find them. Use movement detectors mounted at the door to turn lights on automatically. And keep glare low.

Mirrors and reflection

People with dementia may not recognise themselves. If a person with dementia catches sight of themselves, they may get scared or upset thinking there is an intruder in the bathroom with them. This can cause anxiety and could be avoided by using a reversible mirror.

Above all safety

The main consideration when adapting a bathroom environment for a person with dementia should be the safety of the individual. Sharp edges and reflective material, such as glass and mirrors should be avoided. Limit space slip hazards all increase the risk of injury.