It’s easy to overlook the many potentially dangerous places inside your house that could cause harm to an elderly loved one. Working diligently and effectively to mitigate the typical risks associated with different areas of your house will not only put your mind at ease, but it could invariably prevent catastrophe from striking.
Bathroom injuries are common even in younger individuals, however, the risk for hurting oneself rises exponentially for those over the age of 65. This is to be expected as the CDC reports that 1 out of every 4 elderly individuals suffers a fall each year. These reported falls range from minor to severe and even deadly.
Keep these essential tips in mind for increasing the safety in your bathroom:
There are metal “grab bars” you can have installed that will help those with impaired mobility or balance problems. Some critical placement ideas for these bars is near the bathtub or in the shower, next to the toilet and right by the door. Stability bars should be in the bathing area as this is one of the most common areas where falls occur.
Falling that is a result of slipping on water and a slick surface is incredibly common. Water is present in practically every area of the bathroom. The bars should be next to the toilet because sometimes squatting to sit on a low toilet can throw off the senior’s balance. This placement idea is one of the most overlooked areas where preventative measures can be put in place. Installing bars near the door can also be helpful in the event unforeseen tripping occurs while exiting the bathroom. [Read more…]