More than a third of seniors over the age of 65 slip and fall each year – 80 percent of those falls occur in the bathroom. And, as you might have guessed, injuries due to falling increase with age, peaking after 85 (National Institute on Aging).
Since June is National Safety Month, there’s no better time to emphasize the importance of bathroom safety. A safe bathroom that's equipped to meet your needs cannot only prevent falls, but it also increases your independence and privacy.
Here are 5 Simple Ways you can Improve your Bathroom Safety:
Keep your floor free from clutter. Remove clothes, shoes, towels, and magazines. Appliance cords should be off the floor and secured.
Add a raised toilet seat (with handles if needed) if balance is a problem.
Place strong grab bars and a shower bench to your bath.
Effective lighting is very important when it comes to reducing fall risk. Try adding a night light to make those nighttime bathroom visits much safer.
Be sure the bathroom floor is slip-resistant or is covered with slip-resistant materials (not throw rugs). Add a non-skid floor surface in the tub or shower.
Our AeroCare Personal Care Consultants can assist in choosing the proper products to increase your safety and independence.