By Gail Kendig
What is one of the scariest feelings seniors share? You guessed it! Falling! We have found one of the most dreaded culprits is the bathroom. On a daily basis, we hear your Mom or Dad say they never want to go to an institutional type facility. The bathroom is a great place to prepare to stay home for the long run. This means having a fall free bathroom! Making a few minor adjustments will make a big difference. Here’s a list of Bathroom Do’s and Don’ts:
- Do have non-slip floors or non-slip carpeting to prevent slips and falls.
- Don’t have loose rugs, such as throw rugs on bathroom floors.
- Don’t wear slippery socks or slippers
Bathtubs and Showers
- Do have non-slip pads or strips on the bathtub and shower floors.
- Do place grab bars where necessary. They must be long and wide enough to grasp easily, with a non-slip grip.
- Do place bathtub safety rails to help get into and out of the tub safely. This will also eliminate stooping.
- Do use bath and shower stools or seats and transfer benches to help with balance problems or weaker muscles. Shower stools must have rigid seats and backs. Legs should have rubber tips.
- Do change to a flexible handheld showerhead. This can be used to direct the water where you desire while sitting comfortably on a stool or seat.
- Do check the water temperature before you get into the bath or shower. Your hands are used to hot water; therefore, it will be much hotter to your body. Adjust BEFORE getting in.
- Do use a molded plastic seat. This is the simplest way to increase seat height by about 4 inches (the average toilet is 15-17in high). An adjustable seat will add 3 to 6 inches of height, which will help many people who have arthritis, hip, knee or back problems, giving them better leverage toward a standing position.
We are here to help! Call us with questions or see our website for more safety tips. We welcome the opportunity to answer any questions you may have. Free consultations available.
Tender Loving Family Care, Inc.
122 West Ave., Brockport
1270 Creek St., Webster