It turns out that slippery surfaces can be dangerous!! Our bathtubs can be a treacherous place to navigate if we don’t do it safely. Sometimes we ignore that our bathrooms are full of porcelain and ceramic tiles that, when exposed to soapy water, might as well be an ice-skating rink.
Having a healthy respect for your bathtub aids for seniors can go a long way to preventing any fall and serious injury.
When we think about falls and injuries, very often, we overlook the biggest culprit: our bathtub and bathroom.
According to the CDC, approximately two-thirds of accidental injuries occur in the bathtub, shower, or even the toilet. These nonfatal falls tallied 234,094 in 2008. The CDC states that these injuries tend to increase as our age increases, so it’s important to recognize any potential hazard in the bathroom.
The biggest issue, potentially, is getting in and out of the bathtub, whether from a shower or a bath. In 2013 the CDC reports that falls have a direct medical cost of $50 billion (adjusted for inflation). The CDC report identifies hip fractures and head injuries as the type of injury that falls in the bathroom can create.
While these injuries may be more devastating for older people, young people can also be affected and should take care in the bathroom.
While we think of our bathrooms as innocuous, safe rooms we need to identify where these dangerous areas are lurking.
Most of our bathrooms have a tile floor which, when wet, can become particularly slippery. The use of bathmats can help us get in and out in a safe manner.
When you think of falls, the most common thing that comes to mind is our feet slipping out from underneath us. While this is true, we can minimize any slip or fall by making sure that we have a firm grasp on something with our hands. By mounting bath safety bars and rails, we can create a safe environment by allowing more than one point of contact to something sturdy.
Many people need assistance lowering themselves onto the toilet or standing up from it. Believe it or not, many falls happen in and around the commode. The use of raised toilet seats can give extra support and safety to commode users.
The bathroom can be a dangerous place, but with a little forethought and common sense we can make it a place of safety and security.
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