The fear of falling and slipping is a major concern for seniors. Naturally, with advanced age comes a decrease in both strength and balance. Not only does this make us all more susceptible to trips and stumbles in our later years, but our risk of serious injury significantly increases as well.
Statistics show that not only are our elderly loved ones prone to falling down, they are regularly visiting the hospital because of these mishaps.
According to the National Council on Aging one-fourth of Americans aged 65 and up experience falls every year. And every 11 seconds, a senior is treated in the emergency room for a fall.
Even more alarming is the fact that older adults die due to falls every 19 minutes. These scary statistics reinforce the need for people to take extra-special precautions in their households when they are caregivers for elderly loved ones.
Some of the Main Precautions That Should Be Taken to Limit the Risk of Falls for Seniors
One of the obvious steps that should be taken is to rid walking spaces of any obstacles. Just about any object lying on the floor can be a tripping hazard. As well, homes should be well lit so that seniors can clearly see what’s in front of them. This is especially necessary at night. A senior’s bedside table should have an easy-to-reach lamp so that he/she can turn it on when getting up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom.
Make the Bathroom a Safer Place
And that brings us to what we believe is the most important precaution to take – making the bathroom a safer place.
As Bryan Stapp points out on Caregiver.com “the bathroom is routinely cited as the most dangerous room in the house for seniors. Countless slips and falls occur in the bathroom, causing a difficult (and sometimes embarrassing) situation for families.” He goes on to point out the various ways in which a shower can be made safer.
Needless to say, shower stalls and bathtubs are comprised of slippery surfaces. Even without the water making the floors slippery, tile and linoleum are already very slick. Stapp recommends that showers be equipped with grab bars, shower chairs and even flexible handheld shower wands. And while taking these measures may help to limit slips and falls.
They don’t guarantee prevention. This is because a senior with mobility issues will still require assistance getting in and out of the tub. Transfers – especially wet transfers – can often lead to be painful tumbles.
Ultimate Solution for Protecting Seniors from Falling
At Forward Day, our experience has proven that there is no safer solution for seniors than a portable indoor shower for the home. Firstly, a portable indoor shower immediately eliminates the need for costly renovations. But more importantly, it saves an elderly individual from having to traverse through various rooms and levels of the home in order to enjoy a thorough bathing experience.
With Shower Bay, No More Slipping and Falling
The Shower Bay portable shower is especially helpful considering that it allows wheelchair users to enter and exit the shower with their shower wheelchairs. What this means is that there is no need for a transfer of any kind.
There is also no need for concern about slipping and falling since the user is able to remain seated for the entire experience. There is no risk of a fall before, during or after the shower!
Let’s work together on making your home a safer place for seniors. 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