Extra Safety Tips To Make Sure The Elderly Are Safe In Your Bathroom
Posted on September 14, 2017 | By Ailin Ontiveros
As always, bathrooms are a place in the house that everyone uses from the very going children to the oldest person in the house. To use bathroom facilities correctly and in the right manner, you need to be flexible enough and need to be able to use these facilities without other forms of support. However, while we are young this might not be a problem at all, but once we are older and enter the senior ages, our bodies and minds are not going to be able to work in the same manner. Sometimes our body might be too fragile, too weak or just not flexible at all and we might have a problem with balance that is what we see in most elderly people.
According to studied done it has been revealed that around one fourth of elderly people suffer from bathroom falls every year. In every nineteen minutes a senior dies from a fatal bathroom fall and in every eleven seconds a senior is sent to the hospital because of a fall related injury. This shows how much importance we must show towards making our bathrooms a bit for safer for the elderly.
A raised toilet
As explained before elders have a bit of a problem with being as flexible as they used to be as their bodies are not the same, so this would mean that they would have trouble lowering themselves down on to a toilet every time they want to use it. It might make it hard for them to take a seat and this might then cause a fall in turn causing an injury. You can install a raised toilet that is inches higher than a normal one for it is much easier for elders to lower themselves on to. These raised toilets also come with a bath grab rails that makes getting up easier as well.
Keep everything within reach
This is also a vital step to take if you want to make sure that elders who use your bathroom are completely safe at all times. When bathroom products like toothpaste, tooth brushes and shampoo are kept in various places around the shower and the bathroom, it is going to make them move around a lot in order to reach the products. This will highly increase their chance of falling down. So instead, use suction cups or build a rack connected to the show so that elders can reach everything even when they are sitting on a fold up shower seat without having to move around much.
One main reason as to why a lot of people fall in the bathroom and get injured is because they do not have adequate lighting in the bathroom. The pathway in the bathroom especially near the toilets and the bathtubs must be well lit in order for elders to see where they are setting their foot. Even at night the bathrooms must have proper lighting and night lights can be a great use here.