Are you worried about your safety in the bath? Or a senior loved one’s safety in the bath? While bathing is a daily necessity, it can also pose a danger to those who are older or have limited mobility. Here are our top tips to stay safe and avoid potential slip and fall accidents while you’re in the bath:
- Grab Bars: Install at least two grab bars in your tub so that you have multiple options to stabilize yourself.
- Hand-Held Shower Head: These nifty shower heads make it easier for you to clean hard to reach spots without moving around too much. Limiting your movement will reduce your chance of falls.
- Bathtub Or Shower Type: Consider installing a bathtub that has a built-in door, so you don’t have to step over to get in.
- Seat: If you have a shower, at least have a seat installed so you can rest while you bathe.
- Thick Bath Mat: Spills on the bathroom floor can make it slippery and cause you to fall. Have a large, thick bath mat that can absorb any water that ends up on the floor.
- Weighted Shower Curtain: Another good way to prevent water on the bathroom floor is a weighted shower curtain. The stream of the shower can’t push it aside.
- Anti-Slip Surfaces: The edge of the bathtub and the bathroom countertop ca both be too slippery to hold onto when you’re falling. You can get anti-slip surfaces installed in these spots so you can use them for balance.
- Clean The Clutter: Clutter on the floor of the bathroom is especially dangerous. Move magazine stacks, towel baskets, and other items on the floor onto shelving.
- Have Important Things Nearby: You don’t want to be reaching too far for your soap or shampoo, so have them stored on accessible in-bath shelving.
- Ask For Assistance: A caregiver can make your bath more comfortable and secure. If you don’t want a family member to assist you, you can have a nurse at home help you bath.
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