Senior Living Tip: How to Avoid Bathroom Falls

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Slips, falls, injuries, who knew the bathroom could be such a dangerous place! In fact, according to the CDC, more than one out of four older adults fall each year. Broken bones, fractures, and head injuries are just a few common bathroom catastrophes for seniors. But arguably one of the worst aftermaths of a bathroom fall is the fear that sets in, forcing you to avoid any potentially hazardous, but important, everyday activities, like bathing.

Find the hazards

First things first, scope out the problem areas. Maybe it’s a broken tile, a slippery floor, a hard-to-reach vanity or cabinet, or that pesky bathmat—what exactly is causing the fear or issue? Be sure to take the time to carefully examine your bathroom to ensure no stone is left unturned.

Fix the hazards. Many of these things can be easily fixed or adjusted to reduce risk:

  • Grabber: A grabber can come in handy for all sorts of things around your house, but most especially in your bathroom. A grabber is perfect for getting those tough-to-reach pills or Band-Aids in the vanity or the toilet paper under the sink.
  • Shower chair: If slipping and falling in your shower is the biggest concern, avoid standing at all. A shower chair allows you to safely sit and clean yourself without over-exerting.
  • Extra lighting: Night lights are a great way to easily add more visibility to your bathroom, especially if you find yourself waking up frequently throughout the night. Purchase a few extra to help illuminate the hallway leading to the bathroom
  • Non-slip bathmats: bathmats may add the perfect touch to a bathroom, but they are often the cause of bathroom falls. If you love the feel of a cozy bathmat under your feet, be sure to purchase one with a nonslip bottom or opt to only lay the mat out right before you are set to bathe.

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Start relaxing

Remember, personal grooming is meant to be relaxing, not stressful! Make a point today to scan your bathroom for any potential hazards then start looking at ways you can make the space less stressful and more relaxing—adding a calming scented candle, purchasing a fun new hand soap or some plush bath towels.

Start making your caregiving roadmap today! Caregivers with our Adult Foster Care program can help you pinpoint the hazards throughout your home to ensure you are getting the most personalized care possible. Learn more.

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