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How to Improve Bathroom Safety for Seniors

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You might be surprised to know that of all the rooms in your house there’s one room that’s universally considered the most dangerous. If you thought it was the kitchen, think again; in fact, most injuries in the house occur from falls in the bathroom. These injuries are usually the result of wet and slippery surfaces. These surfaces create a range of hazards when getting into and out of bathtubs and showers.

Did you know that, according to the National Institute on Aging, 80% of all senior citizen falls occur in the bathroom? As we age, our sense of balance is reduced, resulting in more frequent falls and injuries. Shower and bathroom safety for seniors is a necessity in every household.

To help seniors with balance, you can install grab bars and shower safety handles in almost all areas of the bathroom. Commonly used to help people get in and out of showers or bathtubs, grab bars are also helpful near the toilet to aid in sitting and standing. Sometimes simply moving around the bathroom can be made easier with a bar to hold on to. It reduces the need to rely on things like unstable towel bars and sink tops for balance. Please be aware that not all grab bars meet the exact specifications required to bear the weight of repeated usage. The length of the bar, the diameter, and the bar position are also factors you need to consider.

Other safety concerns can be addressed with simple adjustments to the bathroom, such as converting the tub into a shower, creating easy-to-reach shelving, add seating, and installing ergonomic and clearly marked faucets.

Any improvements families can make will result in lowering the potential for injury for seniors. These changes can make day-to-day living for seniors easier, reduce the risk of injuries, and give peace of mind to the entire family.

Editor’s Note: This article was submitted by Bath Fitter. Bath Fitter may be reached at 303-943-9929 or by email: bfeventsco@gmail.com

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