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Bathrooms Can Be Dangerous to Aging Adults

By Mike Jackson

Many elderly adults really want to stay in their own home as they age. It’s comfortable, economical and keeps them in the community they love. Seniors can get by quite well in their homes with the help of family caregivers and elderly care services, but sometimes that isn’t quite enough to keep them safe and healthy.

In order to ensure an aging adult’s personal safety and health, family caregivers need to consider making modifications to the home. One area that needs particular attention is the bathroom. Without proper preparation, the bathroom can be one of the most dangerous rooms in the house for aging adults.

Why Are Bathrooms Dangerous for Seniors?

Elderly adults are at great risk of getting injured in a slip and fall accident, and they can even lead to fatalities. Studies show that one-third of adults over age 65 will injure themselves in a fall and a majority of those happen in the bathroom. But why the bathroom? Because most bathrooms are covered with slippery hard surfaces that frequently get wet, it’s easy for aging adults that are not steady on their feet to slip and fall. It’s common for seniors to get sprains, cuts, concussions, broken bones and more by slip and fall accidents in the bathroom.

How Can Family Caregivers Fix the Bathrooms?

If family caregivers are interested in making the bathrooms safer for their aging relative, they need to put in a little work to create a safer environment. One of the first things family members need to do is to install grab bars in the shower or tub area, as well as near the toilet. They should be anchored into the wall and be strong enough to support the elderly person’s weight. Another thing family caregivers can do is to put in a raised toilet seat to provide a little height and width to the device.

Other ways to make bathrooms less dangerous include taking out bath mats and area rugs—prime candidates for tripping and slipping. Seniors would also benefit from a shower stool or bathtub stool so they can be safe and stable when everything is wet. Hand-held shower nozzles make it easier for seniors to clean up, too. Although it is expensive, many family caregivers install a walk-in tub that makes it easy and safe for elderly adults to bathe.

Hiring Elderly Care Providers to Help

There’s no doubt that keeping elderly relatives at home as long as possible provides many physical and mental health benefits. If bathroom duties are still causing problems for aging relatives, family caregivers can think about hiring elderly care providers. They can be scheduled to come in every morning or evening to help seniors with bathing, showering, dressing and grooming. Having a steady hand nearby to assist can really reduce the risks of slip and fall accidents. This way, the loved one still stays home but gets professional assistance to keep them safer.

It's easy for family members to make the bathroom safer for their aging relatives by spending a little time and money to reduce the risk of slip and fall accidents.

Source:

https://www.medicalcarealert.com/Articles.asp?ID=251

IF YOU OR AN AGING SENIOR ARE CONSIDERING ELDERLY HOME CARE IN BOISE, ID, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS HOME CARE OF BOISE. CALL US: (208) 322-2668.

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