Preventing Falls in the Bathroom
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Aging in place is more than just the latest trend. It’s about enjoying the next stage of life by making sure the home you love is safe and secure. Despite diverse backgrounds and varying income levels, seniors across the country, and around the world, are attempting to solve the problem of aging in place. “The ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.”
Falling in the Bathroom is a major concern for seniors.
After the stairs, the bathroom is routinely cited as the most dangerous room in the house for seniors. Countless slips and falls occur in the bathroom, causing a difficult (and sometimes embarrassing) situation for families. Because so many falls occur in the bathroom, we highly encourage caregivers to take a close look at the bathroom for safety issues. A fresh set of eyes, and a few simple changes, can make the bathroom a safe and comfortable place for everyone, as well as preventing falls in the Bathroom. As a caregiver, you cannot always see the dangers behind closed doors. So, look for yourself!
A raised toilet seat is best used with a surround frame or grab bars to provide a point of support and leverage.
Going to the toilet can be stressful for the elderly when they cannot reach the toilet area safely and easily. This is especially true after surgery. A potential fall in never far away. When the toilet seat is too low, the elderly finds great difficulty getting up and downs from the seat. They often hold on to a wobbly sink or towel rail that is not designed to take such loads. This will often result in serious accidents. The toilet is an area where people wish to remain independent for as long as possible. A raised toilet seat can easily be attached to any standard toilet, making it easier to get up and down from the toilet.
When reaching the toilet area is difficult, a commode chair can be used as a toilet on wheels. It is very useful for people that cannot get to the toilet area easily. The commode chair can be used at night next to the bed, or to wheel the user to the toilet area. It is simple and easy to use.
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Grab rails provide a handle hold to help the bather get in and out of the bath or shower with minimal assistance. They should be fitted by a competent person
Bathrooms can be dangerous places when wet or not properly equipped. Remaining standing while bathing or showering is a source of constant and real danger. An elderly person easily loses balance while getting in and out of the bath, or may tires while washing- a wet floor increases the risk of an accident. Many aids are available that allow an elderly parent to bath in safety and comfort. Many products have built in safety features for peace of mind. Whatever bathing aid you use, it is recommended that you have a grab rail fitted as an additional safety feature and use a quality non-slip mat on the floor. Shower stools and shower seats are specially designed to be used in the bathroom when a bath is not available. They are waterproof, solid and safe. In some cases, they are height adjustable, with a cut out at the front to facilitate washing. They provide great stability and safety during showering.
A Bathboard provides a seating area across the top of the bath. It is equipped with a locking mechanism to ensure it remains safely in place. It allows the user to get in and out of the bath safely while seated, as well as remain seated while showering and dressing. When using a Bathboard, always use a grab rail and a non-slip floor mat on the floor.
A bath bench allows safe and easy showering while sitting down: Sit and swing legs over the bath tub wall. Bath benches have height adjustable legs to adapt to any bath height, with a non-slip sitting surface and with drainage holes, back support, an integrated grab handle and a waterproof frame.
Look for the danger signs in the bathroom!
- No support while stepping into the bath
- Unsuitable shower chair
- Bathing while standing up
- Wet floor
- Difficult access to the bathroom
- Weak point of support that break or pull out of the wall.
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