Bathroom fixtures and surfaces are slippery because they are most often made of tile, porcelain, or metal—or a combination of the three. As a result, people who slip in the bathroom can’t use them as secure surfaces to grab if trying to stop a fall. The slippery surfaces are exacerbated by the fact that they are frequently covered with water. This is a problem, particularly for those aging in place or those with mobility issues. Bathrooms can therefore be hazardous to a family member with mobility or stability concerns.
At Next Day Access in the Twin Cities, we understand how crucial safe and secure bathroom access is. Of people who slip and fall in residences annually, over 33 percent are aged 65 and above. Of those mishaps in the 65 and over age group, a large proportion—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 frequent in individuals 65 and older.
Safety in the bathroom is an issue for all ages, however. Bathing, showering and entering or exiting a bathtub or shower are perhaps the most hazardous of all daily occurrences in the home in all age groups. (Getting into the bathtub or shower causes 2.2 percent of injuries; exiting is responsible for less than 10 percent.) One in three hospital emergency department visits occur due to a mishap in proximity to a bathtub or shower. A report issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated that 1.6 million senior citizens go to the emergency department annually for fractures, fall-related accidents, or head trauma. In addition to perhaps losing their mobility and independence, individuals 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 the Twin Cities wants to assist you in creating a safe bathroom. We hear stories of injuries in the bathroom each day. It is likely you have heard it about it from a family member or acquaintance–or maybe you slipped and fell yourself.
What is the best way to ensure bathroom safety? Increase secure movement in bathroom access. Next Day Access in the Twin Cities sells grab bars and portable showers for the bathroom to increase home safety and access.
At Next Day Access in the Twin Cities, we will be happy to visit you and provide solutions on the best ways to increase safety with stability support. Would the best place be from the toilet to the bathtub? Moving within the bathroom area itself? Is there a need for stability between the sink and the shower? Between rooms?
Grab bars are relatively small devices, but their ability to increase stability can be very large indeed. Although they are small, they can be the source of much-needed support and therefore augmented safety and perhaps ability to arrest a slip or a fall. A grab bar can therefore be a significant contributor to increased household security. They aid in regaining a sense of safety and freedom.
Improve household safety by calling Next Day Access in the Twin Cities today at (612) 418-0574 to receive information and advice about our access solutions.
Conventional bathtub or shower facilities can be difficult for people with disabilities to use. In addition, remodeling a bathroom for complete accessibility may not be feasible. In these instances, a portable shower can be a good alternative. Next Day Access in the Twin Cities provides a convenient fold-away portable shower. Our portable showers are complete shower facilities and fully wheelchair accessible. No tools or changes in the site are necessary.
A portable shower can be placed in any location that has warm water access. The unit can be installed in several room configurations to offer maximum flexibility and mobility. The shower folds flat to less than 8 inches deep and weighs less than 30 pounds, so carrying it in a car, van or truck is easy. Ultimately, a portable shower provides people with disabilities and their caregivers with alternatives assisting travel over a short or long trip. The portable shower is also simple to set up in hotel rooms, which eliminates any need to ask for special accommodations with shower accessibility. The unit can also be installed 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 the Twin Cities would be happy to discuss solutions with a portable shower unit and its uses in fulfilling accessibility requirements, as well as help you determine the optimal space for it. Call us today at (612) 418-0574.
*June 10 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, NewsUSA.