Bathroom safety is one of the many areas that Next Day Access can help to improve. The most hazardous activities for all ages are bathing, showering and getting out of the tub or shower. (Only 2.2 percent of injuries occur while getting into the tub or shower, but 9.8 percent occur while getting out.) Injuries getting on and off the toilet are quite high in people 65 and older.
Injuries in or near the bathtub or shower account for more than two-thirds of emergency room visits.
(NewsUSA) – More than one in three seniors over age 65 fall each year, and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) says 80 percent of these falls are in the bathroom. Due to the multitude of unforgiving and slippery surfaces, bathrooms are very hazardous for the home.
According to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.6 million older adults seek emergency care each year for fall-related injuries, fractures or head trauma. In addition to potentially losing their independence, seniors 65 years old and up have a 25 percent chance of dying within six months to a year if they fall and break a hip.
We hear it everyday and most likely you have heard it about it from a friend, relative or you yourself have experienced a fall.
At Next Day Access, we are very concerned about the safety in the home, especially in the bathroom. Contact us to learn more!
* June 10 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, NewsUSA.