With the arrival of January comes the beginning of National Bath Safety Month. More than one in three seniors over the age of 65 fall each year and, from this, 80 percent of those falls occur in the bathroom. Due to the multitude and instability of bathroom surfaces, it is important for the security of your loved ones to properly outfit these problematic areas. With these helpful guidelines form Choice Health Management, you can ensure your family will avoid potential injury.
Update Problematic Areas
To guarantee safety in and out of the bathtub, install reachable safety handles by the bathtub, toilet and shower. This should be specialty designed items that will support their weight, as opposed to a towel rack or bar which can cause further injury if used as a grab bar. For stable footing, install non-slip strips or mats in the bottom of the bathtub as well as a stable mat in the entry/exit of the shower. Additionally, make sure a portable phone is always available in the bathroom in the event of an emergency.
Stay Safe in the Shower
According to the CDC, approximately 1.6 million older adults seek emergency care every year for fall-related injuries, fractures, or head traumas. Showers are one of the most at-risk areas to experience such an injury. To combat this, transfer benches and shower chairs offer additional support to avoid potentially dangerous situations.
Keep It Clean
Since bathrooms are at high risk for falls, don’t put anything to chance. Make sure all spills are cleaned promptly and the bathroom floor is clean. Additionally, don’t let décor ideas stand in your way. Clear away any unnecessary items so that there is plenty of space to move around. For added precaution, cover sharp edges of counters and faucets with towels while the bathroom is in use.
Although bathrooms offer a potential increase in injury, these tips can help keep your loved ones safe. However, if you require additional assistance, Choice Health Management offers several services such as assisted living and nursing services to provide maximize care. To learn more about how we can help your family, contact our team today.