The bathroom can be a dangerous place. When you combine its already-slippery surfaces with the constant presence of water, it’s practically designed to have people slip and fall. Of course, bathrooms aren’t meant to be hazards. However, for both the elderly and those who suffer from mobility issues, a slip and fall in the bathroom can be difficult to avoid.
For Seniors, Any Slip and Fall Is a Major Concern
As reported by the National Safety Council, every 20 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall, and many more are injured. This information comes courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which also reveals that 3 million older adults are treated in emergency departments each year for fall injuries and more than 800,000 patients are hospitalized each year because of injuries due to a fall. Most often, it’s because of a head injury or hip fracture.
Needless to say, protecting the older adult in your home from slipping and falling in the bathroom is of paramount importance. As the National Safety Council informs us, “because the aging process can affect vision, strength, and balance, adults 65 and older are at elevated risk for falls.” So what can you do to safeguard your bathroom?
Bathroom Safety Starts with Clearing the Floor
“Remove all clutter such as plants, hampers and trash baskets that might make it difficult for seniors to navigate this sometimes small and restricted area,” advises Griswold Home Care, “This includes rugs since even those with non-slip backing can present an obstacle for seniors. If you have linoleum flooring, consider replacing it with wall-to-wall carpeting or textured tile.”
Non-slip mats should also be placed in the bathtub. As you may have guessed, the bathtub is the most likely place where a slip and fall can occur. If your elderly loved one isn’t steady on his/her feet, it may be best to place a bath chair in the shower. That way, the senior in your home can sit down while showering, thus decreasing the risk of slipping, falling and causing a major injury.
Grab Bars are also Highly Recommended
Because so many seniors have balance issues, it wise to place grab bars in the bathroom. These are not to be confused with towel racks which don’t have the ability to support the weight of an average adult. A grab bar, as its name implies, gives a bathroom user something to hold on to in order to maintain balance. Grab bars can be installed both inside and outside of the shower area.
At Forward Day, we are greatly concerned about the safety of our nation’s senior citizens. It’s one of the reasons we’re so proud of our Shower Bay portable showers. By utilizing Shower Bay, an older adult can do away with using a traditional shower or bath altogether, eliminating any risk of slipping and falling while bathing.
Shower Bay can be Installed in any Room of the Home where there is a Faucet Nearby
It enables users to roll shower wheelchairs in and out of the portable shower so that they never have to stand up during their showers. 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 1-877-593-4461 or email us at email@example.com