How to Prevent Falls in the Bathroom

Posted by Kevin Lambing, Homecare Consultant on Jan 12th 2021

How to Prevent Falls in the Bathroom

According to the CDC one in four Americans aged 65+ fall each year, nearly every 19 minutes an older adult dies from a fall. Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and readmissions in older adults, they account for nearly 30,000 deaths annually and over 800,000 hospitalizations.

For those seniors that have a fall without injury, it can have an emotional impact on their life as they may be afraid to go out, do activities, or being social for fear of falling again. This mental strain especially during our current pandemic can lead to rapid cognitive decline as they are cut off from daily activities.

So keeping their home environment free of fall hazards is paramount, but need not be a daunting task due to many innovations in senior products that can help lower the risk of a serious life-changing injury.

Most falls occur in the bathroom transferring from the shower or tub or while using a toilet due to sometimes wet floors and slick surfaces. Seniors that are experiencing balance & mobility issues may need items to help assist in the transfer.

Having grab bars in place in the tub and near the toilet can help seniors keep their balance when using the bathroom.

Using safety bath mats are also recommended instead of throw rugs that overtime can simply become wet fall hazards.

If a senior is having issues stepping out of the shower or bath, a transfer bench can be a great tool to help.

And the toilet can be a particularly tricky thing to navigate when someone has balance & mobility issues, so having a raised toilet seat can help keep them safer, and make them feel more secure, and mitigate any potential falls.

If you have concerns about the safety of your senior loved one's health and think they could use any of these helpful products, you can find them at Cascade Healthcare Solutions with delivery in an average of 1-3 business days.

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