It is common to develop limited mobility when aging. It’s no wonder everyday tasks can present new challenges; this becomes increasingly true for those who choose to age in place. Limited mobility in older adults can cause falling. One in three older adults age 65 and older falls each year, and eighty percent occur in the bathroom. Next Day Access wants to make sure you or a loved one can live in your home without barriers. Here are some preventative measures to increase bathroom safety in the home.
Shower and Tub Safety
According to the CDC, 3 million aging adults seek emergency care every year for fall-related injuries. Showers are one of the most at-risk areas to experience 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 and increase bathroom safety. A curbless shower is an easy way to either take your mobility device into the shower or avoid losing your balance by stepping over the high edge of a tub. Walk-in tubs also provide the same security of not having to take a huge step 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.