Falls are a common problem for older adults. In fact, one fourth of all Americans aged 65 and older fall each year. Falls are the number one cause of injuries that lead to death in seniors. They are also one of the most common reasons older adults are hospitalized due to an injury. One of the places in the home where falls often occur is in the bathroom. Wet floors and the need to step in and out of the shower make slipping and falling more likely there than in any other room of the house. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to keep your aging family member safer in the bathroom. Below are some tips for keeping older adults safe in the bathroom.
Put Grab Bars in Strategic Places.
Grab bars are sturdy handles that older adults can hold while stepping in and out of the bath or sitting on the toilet. They help seniors to keep their balance and give them something to grab if they feel like they are going to fall. Grab bars should be placed next to the shower or bathtub and near the toilet. If you’re uncertain where to place them, contact a contractor who is familiar with making safety changes to homes.
Purchase a Shower Chair.
Shower chairs give the older adult a place to sit while they bathe or shower. They reduce the chances that the person will slip while standing in the shower. They are also helpful for older adults who are ill or weak and unable to stand for long. You can order a shower chair online or purchase one from many major retailers.
Get Non-Slip Mats.
Slipping often occurs as a person steps in or out of the shower. Placing a non-slip mat or decals on the shower floor and outside the shower can prevent falls. They are available in many attractive styles and colors that will compliment bathroom décor.
Install a Raised Toilet.
A taller toilet can make getting up and down from it easier. Many manufacturers make toilets that are higher than the standard 15 inches. If a new toilet isn’t possible, you can also purchase risers that attach to the existing toilet.
In addition to making safety changes, elder care providers can also help seniors to be safer in the bathroom. Elder care providers can assist older adults to get in and out of the shower or bath safely. They can also help seniors to sit down on the toilet or stand up without falling. Elder care providers can also make sure the floors stay as dry as possible and that non-slip mats are in place before the senior showers.
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