Try and put yourself in the shoes of your loved one. Balance and stability can be an issue, vision may be compromised. Wet floors make the bathroom slippery and high pile rugs make it difficult to navigate. Tile or wood flooring (wood being the softer of the two in case of a fall) are good choices -- no tripping hazard and easy to clean. Recommendations for indoor/outdoor carpeting are okay if your elder does not have accidents. The more porous the surface, the harder it is to remove odors.
Another fall prevention tactic is to install grab bars to provide more stability around key places such as the shower and toilet. These are relatively inexpensive and you may be able to install them yourself.
Consider the fact that your elder’s skin is thinner, thus more fragile and more susceptible to burns. Faucets with paddles or levers are easier to control than ones with knobs. You can install an anti-scald device to prevent water from reaching temperatures that are hot enough to burn the skin. You can also turn down the temperature of the hot water heater.
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