Bathroom fixtures are traditionally made of tile, or porcelain, or metal, which are slippery and don’t provide a good surface for individuals with access issues to hold as they move around, or to grasp if they slip and fall. All of this is, of course, made even more hazardous because, in addition to the surfaces not being very graspable, they are often wet. The bathroom area is thus a significant site of potential danger to family member with mobility challenges.
We know the importance of safe and trustworthy bathroom access at Next Day Access in Pittsburgh. More than 1 out of 3 individuals who slip and fall in domestic situations households per year are those 65 and older. And of those domestic falls in that age group, a significant percentage—80%–happen 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 problem for all age groups. Bathing, showering and getting out of the bathtub or shower are the most possibly hazardous of all everyday events in the home across all age groups. (Entering the bathtub or shower is responsible for 2.2 percent of injuries, but exiting is responsible for slightly less than 10 percent.) Two-thirds of trips to hospital emergency departments are caused by 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, individuals 65 years old and over have a 25% mortality rate in 6 to 12 months if they fall and break their hip.
The result? Next Day Access in Pittsburgh wants to assist you in strengthening your bathroom safety. 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 safety and ease of bathroom access. Next Day Access in Pittsburgh provides grab bars and portable showers for the bathroom to optimize home safety and access.
At Next Day Access in Pittsburgh, we will be happy to visit you and provide advice on the best areas to increase 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 not large, but the way it aids you or a family member in reinstating stability can be huge. Despite its small size, it can exert a major step in the direction of more safety—and stopping a fall or a slip. As a result, a grab bar can be a significant factor in creating more security around the home. They help you regain a feeling of independence.
Increase your safety by calling Next Day Access in Pittsburgh today at 317-762-4632 to get information and advice about our products.
Traditional bathtub or shower facilities pose a challenge to 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 Pittsburgh carries a convenient fold-away portable shower. Our portable showers are complete shower facilities and totally wheelchair accessible. No tools or changes in the site are necessary.
A portable shower can be set up anyplace 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 transport in a car or van or truck is easy. Ultimately, a portable shower provides individual 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 eliminates 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 Pittsburgh would be pleased to discuss options in a portable shower unit and its uses in meeting accessibility needs, as well as help you think about the optimal area for it. Call us today at 317-762-4632.
*June 10 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, NewsUSA.