More than 230,000 people are sent to the ER each year because of an injury sustained while bathing, showering, or using the bathroom facilities. To reduce bathroom falls, follow these simple steps:
- Install grab bars. Installing grab bars in easy-to-reach places provide support and balance for entering and exiting the shower or tub. Also consider adding grab bars near the toilet for additional support and safety.
- Add shower seats. A shower seat can provide stability and a place to rest for those who have difficulty standing for long periods of time.
- Add an adjustable (and hand-held) shower head. An adjustable hand held shower head, allows the person to direct the water where it’s most needed without having to contort their body into awkward positions.
- Fix slippery surfaces. A non-slip mat (or decals) on the floor of the shower or tub — along with a non-slip rug on the floor — provides additional stability and can reduce slipping. A non-slip rug in front of the toilet and by the sink area also helps to prevent slipping.
- Install taller toilets. Over time, one may experience increased difficulty lowering themselves onto a low toilet seat and returning to a standing position. A raised toilet (typically 3 to 4 inches) reduces the amount of squatting and the distance covered to sit on the toilet.
*Adapted from November 2016 Best Bath Newsletter at www.bestbath.com
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