Mobility is the most common disability among older Americans. So it’s no wonder that everyday tasks can present new and challenging difficulties. This becomes increasingly true for those who choose to age in place. More than one in three seniors over the age of 65 fall each year and 80 percent of those falls occur in the bathroom. Next Day Access wants to make sure you live in a home without barriers. This includes making sure you have a quality product that increases your safety while at home.
- Shower and Tub Safety
According to the CDC, over 1.5 million aging adults seek emergency care every year for fall-related injuries. Showers are one of the most at-risk areas to experience such an injury due to the slippery surfaces that come with water. There are a few steps you can take to help prevent slips and falls. A walk-in shower is an easy way to either take your mobility chair into the shower or avoid losing your balance by stepping over the high edge of a tub. Walk-in tubs provide the same security of not having to make a huge step in but allow you the relaxation of soaking in a tub.
- Adjusting Problem Areas
To guarantee safety in and out of the bathtub or shower stall, install reachable grab bars by the bathtub and shower. This should be specialty-designed items that will support weight, as opposed to a towel rack or bar, which can cause further injury if used as a grab bar. One more thing to not forget, make sure to address toilet safety. This problematic area accounts for 14 percent of falls. For even more ease in the bathroom, Next Day Access recommends a Bio Bidet. By offering both comfort and the functionality of a heavy-duty commode, the Bio Bidet offers a cleansing method that sets it apart from the competition.
- Keeping it Clean
Since bathrooms set you up for falls, don’t leave things to chance. Make sure all spills are immediately wiped up and the bathroom floor is not slick from residue. Additionally, don’t let décor stand in your way. Clear away any unnecessary items so that there is plenty of space to move around. Also make sure that any rugs or bath mats are tied securely to the floor to avoid a tripping or fall hazard. For even more safety, cover sharp edges of counters, cabinets and faucets with towels while the bathroom is in use.
Although bathrooms can be a huge safety hazard if you aren’t careful, these tips and products can help keep you or your loved ones safe and in their own home. To learn more about home safety and how you can make your home more accessible, contact the team at Next Day Access today.