At Next Day Access in San Antonio, we understand the cornerstone role that safe and reliable bathroom access has in the everyday activities of people with disabilities and senior citizens. Home bathrooms can be dangerous to those individuals because of the large number of slippery surfaces. Bathtubs, showers, and toilets, moreover, don’t have places that people can grab to avoid a fall or to move around securely. Every year, over one-third of individuals over the age of 65 fall—1 in 3 senior citizens. The National Institute on Aging (NIA) tells us that, of these falls, 80 percent of accidents occur in the bathroom (NewsUSA).
So senior family members are at risk in the bathroom. But they aren’t alone. For every age group, bathing, showering and exiting from the bathtub or shower are the most dangerous everyday residential activities. (Roughly 10 percent of accidents causing injuries occur while individuals are getting out of the bathtub or shower. Over 2 percent of injuries happen when entering them.) Accidents within or in close to the bathtub or shower account for over 65 percent of emergency room visits. In seniors 65 and older, injuries getting on and off the toilet occur all too often.
More than 1.5 million older adults visit the emergency room annually for fall-related injuries, fractures or head trauma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Senior citizens who do slip and fall are also at risk for injuries that might severely limit their mobility and independence. In addition, people 65 and older who break a hip if they slip and fall have a 25 percent mortality risk within a half a year to a full year.
We’re sure you’ll agree that these figures are very serious. In light of them, Next Day Access in San Antonio is very concerned about your home’s safety, especially in the bathroom. It is highly likely that you know about an accident that happened to a loved one or friend. Maybe you have fallen at some point yourself. We hear news of falls and accidents in the bathroom every day.
The best solution? Increase the safety and ease of access to the bathroom. We sell grab bars and portable showers for the bathroom to increase the sense of security and mobility in your home.
Next Day Access in San Antonio can visit your residence and help you focus on the areas where you or your loved ones will feel safer with mobility assistance – whether transitioning from the toilet to the bathtub or shower, moving from bathtub or shower to bathroom, or just being mobile in the area.
A grab bar is not huge, but its ability to help a loved one’s stability and ability to stop a slip or a fall can feel very huge indeed—and it will increase everyone’s peace of mind. A grab bar can foster a great feeling of safety and regained freedom in the bathroom.
At Next Day Access in San Antonio, we carry several product options. Most items are in stock and can be installed immediately. If your goal is an augmented sense of stability, telephone Next Day Access in San Antonio today at (210) 404-4325.
Sometimes, taking a bath or a shower is a challenge—or unfeasible–for individuals with mobility issues or disabilities. For those individuals, Next Day Access in San Antonio offers a fold-away portable shower that is very simple to use and easy to take care of.
It is also a great alternative for families and caregivers. Depending upon your house, remodeling a bathroom for complete accessibility may be unfeasible. Our portable showers at Next Day Access in San Antonio are full shower facilities, providing wheelchair access. They do not require any modifications to an area to install and no tools are needed.
A portable shower can be set up wherever there is available warm water. Various room configurations result in better unit mobility. The shower will fold flat to less than 8 inches in depth. It weighs under 30 pounds. This relatively small size and weight means it can be easily carried to and moved in a car, van, or truck, letting you travel comfortably with individuals with disabilities. The portable shower is also easy and simple to assemble in hotel rooms, so you will have no additional need to request a special room with handicapped shower accessibility. The portable shower is also easy to use when traveling or vacationing: at vacation rentals, at a riverfront rest area, or even next to a swimming pool.
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Next Day Access in San Antonio will be pleased to share information about the features and uses of the portable shower unit, as well as help you define places where it can be used in your residence. Call us today at (210) 404-4325.
*June 10 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, NewsUSA.