Bathroom fixtures are usually constructed of tile, or porcelain, or metal. These materials are slippery and don’t offer a surface for people with access issues to hold as they move around, or to grab if they slip and fall. All of this is, of course, made even more hazardous because, in addition to the surfaces not providing support, they are often wet. The bathroom area is thus a place where mishaps can happen to a loved one with mobility concerns.
We know the importance of safe and trustworthy bathroom access at Next Day Access in Charleston. More than 1 out of 3 individuals who slip and fall in households per year are 65 and older. And of those accidents in that age group, a very high percentage—80%–occur in the bathroom, according to a report from The National Institute on Aging (NIA) (NewsUSA). Falls getting on and off the toilet are also common in people 65 and older.
Bathroom safety is a concern for all age groups. Bathing, showering and getting out of the bathtub or shower are the most possibly dangerous of all everyday events in the home across all age groups. (Entering the bathtub or shower causes 2.2 percent of injuries; getting out causes just under 10 percent.) Two-thirds of trips to hospital emergency departments take place because of an accident near the bathtub or shower. Research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 1.6 million senior citizens need emergency department visits every year for fractures, fall-related accidents, or head trauma. In addition to potentially losing their mobility and freedom, people 65 years old and over have a 25% mortality rate in 6 to 12 months if they fall and break their hip.
Next Day Access in Charleston wants to help you make your bathroom safe. We hear tales of accidents in the bathroom every day. It is likely you have heard it about it from a friend or relative–or perhaps have slipped and fallen yourself.
How can we make bathrooms safer? Strengthen the security and ease of bathroom access. Next Day Access in Charleston provides grab bars and portable showers for the bathroom to optimize home safety and access.
At Next Day Access in Charleston, we will be pleased to come to your home and offer advice on the best areas to augment safety with stability support. Is it between rooms? From the toilet to the bathtub? Moving within the bathroom area itself? Would the best place be between the sink and shower?
Grab bars are relatively small, but the effect of reclaiming stability on a loved one can be huge. Despite its small size, it can cause a major move upward toward increased safety—and stopping a fall or a slip. As a result, a grab bar can be a major factor in creating more security around the home. They help you reclaim a sense of independence.
Increase your safety by calling Next Day Access in Charleston today at (800) 894-1761 to get information and advice about our products.
Conventional bathtub or shower facilities can be a challenge for individuals with disabilities. Also, remodeling a bathroom for full accessibility may be unfeasible. If either of these things is true, a portable shower can be a great help. Next Day Access in Charleston carries a convenient fold-away portable shower. Our portable showers are total shower facilities and completely wheelchair accessible. No tools or changes in the site are required.
A portable shower can be installed anywhere there is warm water access. The unit can be set up in several room configurations to provide maximum flexibility and mobility. The shower folds flat to between 7 and 8 inches in depth and weighs under 30 pounds, so carrying it in a car, van or truck is simple. Ultimately, a portable shower provides individuals with disabilities and their caregivers an option to travel over a short or long trip. The portable shower is also easy to place in hotel rooms, which does away with any need to request special accommodations with shower accessibility. The unit can also be set up outdoors, near a swimming pool or lake, on a camp site, or at highway rest areas.
The portable shower’s features include:
Next Day Access in Charleston would be happy to discuss options in a portable shower unit and its uses in meeting accessibility needs, as well as help you focus on the best area for it. Call us today at (800) 894-1761.
*June 10 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, NewsUSA.