How to Ensure a Stroke Victim’s Safety in the Bathroom
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For a person with a mobility issue, a bathroom can be a very dangerous place. Due to its often slippery and wet surfaces, bathrooms present hazards that are far more difficult for a person with a disability to avoid. This is especially true for stroke victims. Unfortunately, the once-easy task of getting in and out of the bathtub can be extremely cumbersome. So, quite obviously, a “safety first” approach is necessary.
“The bathroom is the most dangerous part of the house for anyone with physical disabilities,” confirms The Internet Stroke Center, “It is difficult to move about on small, slippery surfaces, and falls onto hard tile can cause significant injury. Stroke survivors may need considerable personal assistance to complete the most basic activities of daily living. Fortunately, there are many approaches that make it easier and safer to use the bath, sink or toilet.”
As a caregiver to loved one who has suffered a stroke, you face quite the challenge. However, it’s not one that cannot be overcome with some help. It’s just very important that you follow some best practices for helping your loved one in and out of the bathroom. Helping with the safe transition into and out of the bathtub, for example, is one of the most important tasks you’ll be faced with on a daily basis.
What Is the Safest Way to Help a Stroke Victim into the Bathtub?
In most cases, stroke victims require mobility solutions such as wheelchairs or walkers to get around. According to StrokeAids.com, helping them to make the transition from their mobility aids to the bathtub can be assisted by grab bars. “Grab bars are very useful when the person is getting into or out of the tub,” insists the site, “A person who has strong upper body strength should be able to grab the bars when they are moving or standing so they have more support.”
StrokeAids.com also highly advocates for the placing of no-skid bathmats outside of the shower to help prevent falls. Falls, as you may have guessed, are among the top concerns of a stroke victim. Not only are stroke victims more likely to fall than the average person due to their diminished balance and stability, but they are also a lot more likely to seriously injure themselves by falling.
What Other Solutions Can Make for a Safer Bathing Experience?
The website also points out that a transfer tub bench would be helpful when transferring a stroke victim to and from the tub. “It is used for sitting and sliding into the tub, without having to actually step into the tub,” explains StrokeAids.com, “The stroke patient only needs to lift her legs over the side to enter the tub. This type of product often is used with a hand held shower, because the person is seated as she showers.”
A shower chair is also a viable option for someone who is having difficulty with balance and/or standing for long periods of time. It allows him/her to safely sit during the bathing process without worry of falling in the tub. As well, “a foldout bath bench can be used in either a walk-in or roll-in shower to enable easy transfers from a wheelchair or a walker,” informs The Internet Stroke Center, “This provides a place to sit rather than stand, which lessens the likelihood of a fall.”
What Solution Provides the Safest Bathing Experience for Stroke Victims?
The site goes on to point out that a roll-in shower will eliminate the danger that comes with having to step over the side of a conventional bathtub. The team, here at Forward Day, couldn’t agree more. It’s the very reason we’re so proud to offer our Shower Bay portable showers to individuals who suffer from debilitating mobility issues. Stroke victims have particularly found the convenience of eliminating wet bathroom transfers completely. By using the Shower Bay wheelchair shower, the stroke patient is able to do transfers where they and the caregiver feel most stable and confident (Bedside to shower wheelchair, chair to shower wheelchair, etc). By getting rid of dangers and scary transfers in a wet environment, the user eliminates any anxiety they may have had of a shower slip or fall and they are able to remain seated, roll in, and really enjoy their relaxing shower time. Their Shower Bay shower is one of the best parts of their day!
Shower Bay can be assembled in any room of the house so that entering the often-dangerous bathroom in order to bathe is unnecessary. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org