Besides the staircase, the bathroom is the most dangerous place in an elder’s home. Dealing with wet surfaces may risk a fall. To ensure that no elder is getting hurt in their own bathroom, we’ve collected five safety tips to make the bathroom accident-proof.
Help Within Reach
Bathrooms can be an awful place to be trapped in after a fall: it usually lies the farthest of any kind of communication device, and even your medical alert system is unable to pick up your voice. This is the main reason why you should bring the emergency system into your bathroom! The mountable emergency wall button is a great way to extend your medical alert service to far away rooms. All you have to is put to an easily reachable place on the wall, and push the button when the emergency occurs.
The greatest concern for the elderly is that after they fell, they neither could get up nor reach for help. The personal help button, provided by every medical alert company, is a good solution for this problem, as it is not only wearable around the neck or wrist, but also completely waterproof, thus you can take it under the shower.
Don’t Let it Slip Away
Remove any dangerous mats in your bathroom that may cause slipping, because they pose a threat when stepping out of the bath or the shower with wet feet.
The best solution is to replace them with anti-slip mats or textured tile flooring.
Lend a Strong Hand
Getting out of the bathroom is one of the trickiest parts for seniors. You should lend them a strong hand by installing anchor grab bars around the shower, bath and toilet. Be sure to tighten these well with solid screws and not just glue it to the tile. The grab bars must keep the weight of your family members, thus test their endurance by pulling them with all your might.
Let There Be Light
The threat of falling is often lurking on your way to the bathroom, and not in the bathroom itself. You are stumbling to your goal during night in a dim corridor: the possibility of falling is very real. That’s why you should consider putting nightlights or motion lights along your way from the bedroom to the bathroom. Also, install motion lights or some form of easy-to-reach light source in the bathroom too.
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