It is easy to slip in the bathroom for several reasons. First, bathroom fixtures are frequently made of tile, porcelain, or metal or a combination of the three—and those materials are slippery. Second, they often have water on them. Individuals who slip in the bathroom therefore can’t rely on grabbing tile, porcelain or metal as a way of arresting their fall. For people aging in place or those with mobility concerns, this is a serious issue: bathrooms can be hazardous to their sense of well-being and safety.
At Next Day Access in Wilmington, we understand how critical it is to have safe and secure bathroom access. More than one in three individuals who slip and fall in homes every year are 65 years old or older. Of those accidents in the 65 and older age group, a large proportion—over 75%–take place in the bathroom, according to a report from The National Institute on Aging (NIA) (NewsUSA). Falling accidents getting on and off the toilet also happen often to senior citizens.
Bathroom safety is a concern for everybody, however. Bathing, showering and getting into or out of a bathtub or shower are perhaps the most accident-prone of all everyday activities in the household across every age. (Entering a bathtub or shower causes 2.2 percent of injuries; getting out causes just under 10 percent.) One-third of hospital emergency department trips happen because of an accident near a bathtub or shower. According to data compiled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1.5 million senior citizens visit the emergency department every year for fractures, fall-related accidents, or head trauma. In addition to potentially giving up their freedom and mobility, people 65 years old and over have a 25% mortality rate in 6 to 12 months should they slip and break their hip.
Next Day Access in Wilmington wants to help you achieve safety in the bathroom. We hear stories of bathroom accidents every day. It is likely you have heard a story like this from a friend or family member–or perhaps you slipped and fell yourself.
What is the best way to create bathroom safety? Make moving in the bathroom more secure. Next Day Access in Wilmington provides grab bars and portable showers for the bathroom to heighten home safety and access.
At Next Day Access in Wilmington, we are glad to come to your home and offer advice about the optimal ways to heighten your safety with stability products. Is the optimal position one you can reach from the toilet to the bathtub? Transitioning within the bathroom area itself? Is stability assistance needed between the sink and the shower? Between rooms?
Although grab bars in Wilmington, NC are relatively small, they can have a huge impact on stability and mobility. Despite their small size, they can provide crucial areas of support and therefore increase safety and potentially avert a slip or a fall. A grab bar can therefore be a significant contributor to heightened residential safety. They help your loved ones reclaim feelings of safety and independence.
Better household safety can be achieved by calling Next Day Access in Wilmington today at (800) 894-1761 to obtain information and help about mobility products.
People with disabilities can find traditional bathtub or shower facilities challenging. And, for family members, remodeling a bathroom for full accessibility may not be possible. If that is your situation, a portable shower can provide a beneficial alternative. Next Day Access in Wilmington sells a convenient fold-away portable shower. Our portable showers are full shower facilities and completely wheelchair accessible. No tools or changes in your home are required.
A portable shower can be set any place with warm water access. The unit can be set up in several room configurations to let you have maximum flexibility and mobility. The shower folds flat to under 8 inches deep and weighs under 30 pounds, so transporting it in a car, van or truck is simple. A portable shower lets individuals with disabilities and their caregivers enjoy options that help with travel over a short or long distance. The portable shower is also easy to put up in hotel rooms, which means there is no longer a need to request special accommodations with shower accessibility. It is also possible to install the unit outside, in proximity to a swimming pool, the beach, a camp site, or at highway rest areas.
The portable shower’s features include:
Next Day Access in Wilmington would be pleased to talk about a portable shower unit and its uses in meeting accessibility needs, as well as help you determine the best place to put it. Call us soon at (800) 894-1761.
*June 10 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, NewsUSA.