The bathroom is one of the most dangerous rooms in the home for seniors with slippery tubs, showers, and even the floor.
Did you know that according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seniors over 65 have a 25% chance of falling in the bathroom?
Adding to the already dangerous environment, seniors who have limited mobility, or who may not be able to stand on one foot to enter the bathtub are at a greater risk of falling.
Many times the fear of falling results in poor hygiene as the alternative is risking their safety to enter the bathtub. Obviously, this is not the answer to avoiding a fall.
How to Prevent Accidents in the Bathroom?
There are a number of measurements that can be taken to help the elderly avoid a fall in the bathroom:
1. De-clutter the space
2. Remove hazards such as throw rugs and cords or wires
3. Install safety bars such as handrails and grab bars
4. Avoid clothing that could get caught on objects
5. Make sure the lighting is sufficient
6. Wear non-slip shoes
7. Place a non-slip mat in the bathtub or shower
8. Have a walk-in shower or bathtub installed to assist those who have difficulty entering the tub or shower – Click Here For More Information on Walk In Shower Installation
9. Get some exercise to keep your muscles strong and improve balance
What Health Problems to Look Out For to Avoid a Fall
1. Limited or decreased vision
2. Balance problems or feeling unsteady on your feet
3. Muscle weakness
5. Arthritis, cancer or other health conditions that limit mobility
6. Medications that cause you to feel dizzy or weak
7. A history of falling
Keeping our loved ones safe is always a first priority, and many times it can be difficult to do without assistance. Whether it be installing handrails and grab bars, or hiring a professional to install a walk in bathtub, it is imperative to take every precaution necessary to avoid a fall.