The bathroom. It’s a room we all use daily for a wide range of reasons. We all know how necessary the bathroom is. So it would be pretty ridiculous to suggest that we attempt to use the bathroom less in an effort to keep us all safer. It’s important to note, however, that the bathroom is notoriously recognized as the most dangerous room in the home. And there are many reasons for this.
The first, and most obvious, is that the utilities in the washroom all involve water. Water, of course, can make surfaces a lot more slippery than they already are. Such a reality presents an especially dangerous scenario for both the elderly and those who have mobility issues. The bathroom can be a dangerous place enough as it is. Suffering from limited mobility and/or a reduced sense of balance and strength only add to the danger.
Stats show falls are a leading cause of injury in Canada.
Approximately one third of all seniors, who are over the age of 65, slip and fall each year. Falls are the leading cause of death from injury for people in that age group. And as startling as these statistics are, there are more that are just as troubling. According to ComfortKeepers.ca, “87 percent of all fractures in the elderly are due to falls. Two-thirds of those who fall will do so again within six months.”
They go on to report that hospital stays, for elderly individuals who have fallen, are twice as long as those who are admitted for any other reason. The bottom line is that falls happen far too frequently, among our older population, and something needs to be done to minimize them. On CrossroadsHospice.com, it is suggested that the first step to be taken is to safeguard the bathroom.
It’s important to maximize bathroom safety.
“While this is the smallest room in the house, bathrooms can offer the most opportunities for falls,” says the website, “Bathtub edges may be hard to step over for some seniors. Once in the shower or tub, wet surfaces can cause slips. Some seniors may not be able to stand steadily while bathing. Others may have trouble sitting down on toilets or standing up again after using them. Wet floors after showers or baths and even bath mats can cause people to slip and fall.”
How can Advantage Home Health Solutions make your bathroom safer?
Knowing that your safety and peace of mind are top priorities, we offer accessibility products for the bathroom that aid with everyday activities. To ensure your safety in the bathroom, we provide bathroom super poles, bathroom grab bars, bath chairs, bath lifts and transfer benches.
At Advantage Home Health Solutions, we also proudly provide more extensive modifications for those who need barrier-free access to their showers. We have both slide-in tubs and walk-in tubs that can be made to meet your specific requirements.
For more information about how Advantage Home Health Solutions can help you to prevent falls in your bathroom making it a safer place – please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 403-460-5438. You may also email us by filling out the form on our Contact Us page!