Getting out of the shower or bathtub, showering, and bathing are among the most dangerous actions that lead to injuries. Falls are responsible for the majority of these injuries. Individuals, particularly older persons, should be aware of toilet behaviors that are linked with a high risk of injury, as well as environmental adjustments that may lower that risk. Here are some bathroom safety tips to help you stay safe.
Get Rid of Throw Rugs
Stepping on a throw rug in front of the tub, toilet, or sink might cause the rug to slip from beneath the feet. Remove any bathmats or throw rugs that might cause slipping, tripping, or falling.
Increase Accessibility of Belongings
Prepare towels and clothes, and ensure that often used things, such as shampoo or other toiletry products, are accessible to reach without having to stretch or bend.
Test Water Temperature
Before an older adult bathes, always check the temperature of the water in the bath or shower. To minimize abrupt movements that might lead to a fall, test the water temperature before entering the shower or tub.
Utilize Non-Slip Mats
Slippery surfaces can lead to falls. Place non-slip decals or mats on the floor of the tub or shower, as well as a non-slip mat on the floor when stepping out of the tub or shower, to minimize unnecessary slips on wet surfaces.
Buy a Shower Chair
A shower chair can make showering simpler for people who have difficulties balancing or standing for lengthy periods of time.
Use a Transfer Bench
When getting in and out of the tub, older adults may find it difficult to elevate their legs high enough to reach the top of the tub. The use of a transfer bench in the bathroom removes the need to step into and out of the tub. The person can sit safely on the transfer bench and glide into the tub on the seat. They can hence enter and exit the tub while still sitting.
Install Grab Bars
Make sure that you receive help when getting on and off the toilet, as well as going in and out of the tub. Installing grab bars in and out of the shower or tub, as well as adjacent to toilets, can help older persons maintain their balance as they transition from the tub to the toilet. The location of the grip bar is critical. To aid in balance, the bars should be placed in easily accessible locations. They should also be set at a height where the individual can grab hold without having to stretch too far up or down.
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