What’s the Big Deal with Bathroom Safety for Seniors?
Almost 80 percent of falls in the home occur in the bathroom, and according to the CDC, more than 200,000 seniors are treated in emergency rooms each year for bathroom-related injuries. January is National Bath Safety Month but bathroom safety is an important consideration for caregivers year-round.
Check out our 8 expert tips to prevent bathroom falls and accidents:
- Place a non-slip suction mat at the bottom of the tub or shower.
- Use a latex coated or non-skid bath mat on the outside of the tub.
- Install grab bars on the wall surrounding the toilet, shower and tub and affix bars to the sides of the tub as well for added support when sitting and standing.
- If your loved one has mobility issues, consider investing in a transfer bench with adjustable legs, a tub seat or a shower chair along with a hand-held showerhead.
- Use a bath water thermometer or install a water temperature monitor to prevent hot water scalding.
- Keep the bathroom floor clean and free of spills.
- Switch out bathroom door locks with locks that can be unlocked from both sides.
- Keep plugs and electric appliances, such as space heaters, away from water sources.
Looking for more bathroom safety tips for seniors? Check out our Pinterest Board for many more product suggestions and ideas.
Feeling overwhelmed about the changes that need to be made? Not sure where to start? Caregivers by WholeCare offers free in-home consultations to help determine which type of home care is right for you and evaluate common safety issues around the home that may cause problems for seniors as they age.