As you grow older, you may need to make some modifications to your bathroom for the safety of yourself or your loved ones. Almost anyone can suffer a serious mishap in the bathroom, every year in the United States, 235 000 Americans suffer injuries to accidents occurring within a bathroom. Of these injuries, most of which take place in or near the shower or bathtub. These sites within the bathroom may be more prone to slippery floors due to the flow of water and usage of soaps. Because bathrooms are full of hard surfaces and slick floors, they can be amongst the most dangerous places to experience a fall. In this article, we cover some tips you can utilize in your home to improve bathroom safety for seniors.
Install Grab Bars
The premise of a grab bar is extremely simple. It’s basically a bar attached to the wall that individuals can grab onto when exiting or entering a bathtub or shower. You can hold on to it whilst you shower, and you can also grab onto it quickly should experience a loss in balance. Do not confuse grab bars with towel bars. Towel bars are not meant to support the weight of a person and can break if used in an emergency.
Add Non-Slip Strips to The Floor
While the best thing you can do is completely replace your floor tiling with non-slip tiles, this may not be an economical choice for all. An easier, but just as effective solution is to add non-slip strips to the floor. These can be used to provide further friction to implements like bath chairs, stools, mats so that they are less prone to slipping about.
Make Sure Showering Implements Are Accessible
You increase the likelihood of injury if the tools you use to shower are kept or used in hard-to-reach positions. Try keeping your supplies like soap, loofas, or toothbrushes in accessible and easy to reach positions. The less you need to stretch up or bend down, the less you compromise your balance. Purchasing simple storage solutions like shelves can do much to increase the organization and accessibility of your showering implements.
Use A Shower chair
As well as providing stability for people with balance issues, shower chairs enable those who have trouble standing for long periods to relax as they bathe. You should buy a shower chair that has legs that feature non-slip rubber tips.
Ensure Lighting Is Adequate
The risk of falls increases when bathroom lighting is inadequate. The path from the bedroom to the bathroom should be well-lit with night lights and the bathroom should be sufficiently-lit as well.
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At Discovery Commons Cypress Point By Discovery Senior Living all our facilities are designed specifically with our resident’s safety in mind. At our Senior Assisted Living Community, all our apartments are designed so that our residents can safely and easily enjoy the comforts of their new home. All our facilities are also designed to be resident-friendly, from our well-maintained and equipped gym to our dining room where residents can enjoy delicious gourmet-style meals.