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Stats Show Bathroom Slips And Falls Are Top Causes Of Injuries For The Elderly

cause of Injuries for the Elder

We all use the bathroom every day. It’s the place where we all freshen up and get ready for our days each morning. The commonplace and often mundane acts of brushing our teeth, washing our faces and combing our hair all take place in the bathroom. Of course, showering is another bathroom activity that we all take for granted as a regular everyday task. With the regularity of our bathroom visits, most of us assume that there is never a reason for concern in the small room.

And yet, statistics show that the bathroom can be the most dangerous room within the home. As Nicholas Bakalar reports for the New York Times, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that, each year, approximately 235,000 people over the age of 15 visit emergency rooms because of injuries they suffered in the bathroom. About 14 percent of these individuals are hospitalized.

Injuries Increase with Age

Injuries Increase with Age-Santa Cruz, CA

Of all of those injuries, approximately; two-thirds occur during bathing or showering. And, as you may have guessed, the older we get, the more likely we are to incur such injuries. “Injuries increase with age, peaking after 85, the researchers found,” informs Bakalar, who goes on to note that problems with getting on and off the toilet seem to be a common cause of injury among the elderly.

Covering the same CDC report in the Los Angeles Times, Marissa Cevallos highlights the fact that the vast majority of injuries in the bathroom (81 percent, to be exact) occur because of slips and falls. Pointing to the slippery nature of bathroom surfaces, she notes that it’s no surprise that the bathroom can be a dangerous place. Interestingly, Cevallos also highlights that the CDC’s findings included the fact that women were more likely to be hurt than men.

Safety Precautions Can Reduce Senior Falls

Safety Precautions Can Reduce Senior Falls - Santa Cruz, CA

NewsUSA confirmed similar results found by a National Institute on Aging (NIA) study. Also citing slippery surfaces as a culprit, researchers determined that more than a third of seniors over the age of 65 slip and fall each year – 80 percent of those falls occur in the bathroom. “Knowing how to get in and out of tubs and showers properly and equipping homes with necessary safety precautions can reduce senior falls, keep them out of the emergency room and possibly extend their lives,” they remark on their website.

NewsUSA also cites research from the CDC that reveals that “1.6 million older adults seek emergency care each year for fall-related injuries, fractures or head trauma. In addition to potentially losing their independence, seniors 65 years old and up have a 25 percent chance of dying within six months to a year if they fall and break a hip.” The website lists a number or preventative measures to take including installing grab bars, non-slip rubber mats and bright lights in bathrooms.

Protect them from Slips and Falls

Protect Bathroom Slips and Falls-Santa Cruz, CA

It also notes that both the NIA and the American Geriatrics Society recommend custom handicap showers or baths for seniors in order to protect them from bathroom slips and falls that cause serious injury. At Forward Day, we’re proud to introduce the Shower Bay portable shower to seniors all over the country. We confidently stand behind our handicap accessible showers as guaranteed slip and fall preventers!

The Shower Bay can easily be snapped together in any room within the house allowing a wheelchair user to safely enter and exit in order to enjoy a thorough and full shower with running water. Best of all, the concern for slips or falls is eliminated. If you have any questions about our Shower Bay portable showers, please don’t hesitate to contact us to ask them. Give us a call at 1-877-223-8999 or email us at info@showerbay.com.

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