If you have mobility limitations or are caring for someone who does, increasing stability and balance throughout the home is critical. This is especially true in the bathroom, where many slip-and-fall accidents occur. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that falls are the most common cause of non-fatal trauma-related hospital admissions and are the leading cause of fatal injuries. Small adjustments or additions to the bathroom, like installing grab bars, can go a long way in preventing accidents. Here are some of the main benefits of installing them.
Boost Stability, Comfort And Confidence
People with balance concerns often lack confidence with every step they take, especially if they have experienced a past fall. When stability is a concern, a misstep is more likely and can result in another fall. Bathrooms are some of the most dangerous rooms in a home because the floor can be slippery and they typically aren’t very wide and roomy. Installing grab bars around the perimeter of the room, in the shower, next to the toilet and everywhere else can give seniors living at home confidence, comfort and stability when entering the bathroom.
Prevent Slip-And-Fall Accidents
Getting out of the bathtub or shower can lead to an accident even with people who don’t have mobility concerns. All it takes is one fall to potentially lead to serious long-term consequences, but you can get ahead of this by installing grab bars in the shower and right outside of it. They are much stronger and sturdier than towel bars so even if you lose your balance, grabbing onto them can help you regain stability and prevent a fall. Seniors who live at home on their own can have greater peace of mind when accessing the bathroom alone.
Promote Independent Senior Living
One concern seniors living at home often have is not being able to live independently. Even tasks like going to the bathroom or getting in and out of the shower sometimes require assistance. However, a small bathroom addition like grab bars located in strategic areas can boost independent living and allow seniors to do more things on their own. The more independent seniors living at home can be, the better their mental state usually is and they will be more willing to stay physically active.
Next Day Access believes some of the simplest additions to homes can make the biggest impacts on seniors living at home. Confidence doesn’t often come easy, but the right products and solutions can boost it quickly when they see results. It’s also important to pay attention to a senior’s mental state and if they express a desire for more independence, then it’s time to pursue options to meet their desires. Grab bars and other accessibility solutions may be your answer, so contact us at any time to explore our options and see what is right for your situation.