Bathroom safety railIt may be the smallest room in the house, but the bathroom is the most dangerous one in the home.

This is due to a blend of complex activities (occupations), restricted space, humidity and its wet environment – the combination of which can lead to accidents and injuries.

Occupational Therapists (OTs) can help design safety features for bathroom layouts and also choose the appropriate products to meet the client’s needs, avoiding potential injuries.

When designing a bathroom, a client’s unique goals should be prioritised. OTs need to involve their clients in the decision-making process regarding layout and products, while clearly explaining why certain design features or specific products are being recommended.

Below are six tips to safer design in the bathroom, from the simple to the complex:

1. Flooring

Always recommend R10 (1) rated slip-resistant flooring, reducing potential slips and falls.  Remember that slip-resistant flooring does not always have to be ‘lino’; there are some excellent R10 rated tiles which can create a less institutional look.

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