The bathroom can be scary for people living with mobility issues. Elderly members of your family who may have mobility and balance issues are especially susceptible to bathroom injuries.
Many personal injuries that occur at home happen in a bathroom or washroom environment. Statistics show that around 235,000 over the age of 15 visit hospital emergency rooms due to injuries they’ve suffered in the bathroom, with almost 14% having to stay in hospital as a result. These stats show that there is no age limit when it comes to injuries, although falls are most common with people who are aged 65 or over. A staggering one in three adults aged 65 or over who live at home will have at least one fall a year.
For senior members, the most common bathroom hazards include:
- Slippery showers, baths and floors
- Shower chairs that are not slip-resistant
- Incorrect toilet seats
- Insufficiently secured towel racks or grab bars.
Here we have listed a number of precautions which can be put in place to help assist your family members in this room.
Shower and Bath
- Grab Rails:
By installing grab rails in easy-to-reach places will assist anyone with their balance and stability when entering or exiting the shower or bath. You can view our selection of grab rails here - https://www.nymas.co.uk/products/grab-rails
- Shower Seats:
In addition to providing stability for those living with balance issues, a shower chair allows those with difficulty standing for long periods to rest whilst bathing. Find our selection of shower seats here - https://www.nymas.co.uk/products/showering
- Nonslip maps
Falls often occur when stepping out of the shower or tub. Placing mats or rugs backed with nonslip materials on the floor prevents water from accumulating there and creating hazardous conditions.
- DDA approved toilets:
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- Grab Rails:
To further facilitate easy access to the toilet, consider installing grab rails as much as you might around the bath or shower areas.
- Hinged Rails:
Fitting a drop down hinged rail to the side of a WC will give the user support whilst in-use, the important part of it ‘dropping down’ is to allow space to transfer onto the toilet. View our collection of hinged rails here: https://www.nymas.co.uk/products/grab-rails
- Stable toilet seats
By using a NYMAS stable toilet seat with adjustable locating buffers will assist with any side transfers. Find our selection of toilet seats here: https://www.nymas.co.uk/products/washroom-accessories
Additional bathroom safety suggestions:
- Place essential items within easy reach
- Install proper lighting
By adding some of the above suggested safety measures to your home, you will transform your bathroom into a safer place for elderly relatives or anyone with mobility or balance issues.
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