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Bathroom Safety Tips For Home, In Assisted Living

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 16 October 2012

The bathroom can be a hazardous place. The majority of senior falls happen in this small space; per the CDC, about 30 percent of adults over 65 who suffered a fall in the bathroom were either hospitalized or diagnosed with fractures. Whether at home and in assisted living, the risk is the same; providers and family caregivers alike should make every effort to make the bathroom a fall-free zone.

Consider these simple safety tips from the CDC:

  1. Reduce tripping hazards. Throw rugs and bath mats may give the room a cozy look, but they pose a fall risk, especially if they are not well-secured. A high-pile bath mat that slips around is more hazardous than helpful, especially for someone using a walker, cane or wheelchair, or someone with balance and gait problems.
  2. Add grab bars. There are several places where grab bars would be best, according to the CDC: inside and outside the shower/tub, and next to the toilet. Make sure the grab bars are of sturdy construction and are installed securely; otherwise, their purpose is defeated.
  3. Make sure there is adequate lighting. Considering that the individual may need to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, a small nightlight that is always on may be helpful. Also, make sure the light switch is easy to find and use. If there are no windows in the bathroom, good lighting is crucial. If there is a window, install curtains or blinds to filter the strong sunlight of morning and mid-day; a harsh glare on already slick surfaces (or the need to squint or shield one’s eyes) can pose a fall risk.

 

Read more about fall prevention — in the bathroom and elsewhere — here.

 

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  1. The TubcuT says,

    Staying safe in the bathroom is important for everyone, especially those with joint pain, muscle weakness, or physical disability. There are steps to take to protect yourself in the bathtub or shower. Slipping is a major concern around the bathtub, not only while in the tub or shower, but also while stepping over the threshold. To reduce slipping while in the tub place a non-slip suction mat on the bottom of the tub to help prevent falls, also if you have problems stepping over the threshold you can call The TubcuT to install their product that converts an existing bathtub into a walk in shower. Place a seat in the shower/tub so you can rest while bathing, there are different styles available make sure you get one that fits your space and needs appropriately. The next item you can replace is the shower head with a handheld shower, this will allow you to control the water while remaining safely in the seat. The next item you need to add to your bathroom is a grab bar or two. There are different sizes and colors of grab bars, buying a grab bar that doesn’t blend in with the wall behind it will help, as we get older our eyesight degrade.

     

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