Today, we are going to discuss Bathroom Safety. Take a moment today to look around your bathroom, ignoring any dirt and grime that might be lingering in the corners. A bathroom can be one of the most dangerous rooms of your home, and it has nothing to do with germs!
Statistics show that at least one in three seniors have difficulty getting in and out of their tub or shower, and nearly 200,000 bathroom accidents occur each year that are often preventable. There is no time like the present to reassess bathroom safety and make modifications as needed. It’s a smart idea to start upgrading your bathroom features now instead of waiting until the last minute and putting yourself and others at risk.
Install Grab Bars & Handrails
It never hurts to have a few extra things to hold on to in the bathroom for safety, and installing grab bars and handrails is an easy and affordable weekend project. Stock up on enough anchor grab bars to place inside and outside the shower and bathtub and also next to the toilet. Use reliable screws to install them rather than simply nailing them into the drywall, and test their strength with your full weight.
Add Stability to Your Existing Shower
If you are recovering from an illness or struggling with balance, adding a simple shower chair with back and arms or a tub transfer bench can help tremendously. These durable stools allow you to take a comfortable shower in a sitting position, and aid entry and exit.
Use a Non-Slip Bath Mat
Regardless what type of tub or shower you use, a non-slip bath mat is essential. These types of mats are inexpensive and easy to find, but they make a huge difference in your safety in the bathroom. Alternatively, you can also install non-slip strips in the bottom of your tub for a long-lasting solution that’s easy to clean. While you’re at it, place non-slip mats on your bathroom floor outside the tub and in front of the sink for added protection.
Invest in a Bath Lift
If you have limited mobility and struggle with bathing, it might be time to invest in a bath lift to help with bathroom safety. Bath lifts are sold with many different styles and features, including padded seats, flexible backrests, water-tight hand controls, and battery operation. Some models don’t require any bathtub modifications at all, making them surprisingly easy to install and adjust to meet your needs.
Try a Walk-In Bathtub
Walk-in bathtubs feature securely hinged doors that allow easy entry and exit, and they can be accompanied by other useful safety features. These tubs can prevent many slip-and-fall accidents and help you feel more confident without assistance or embarrassment. Some innovative wheelchair access bathtub models even feature relaxation upgrades like hydrotherapy and air therapy.
Keep a Phone Nearby
It’s important to remember that even with the best planning and prevention strategies in place, accidents can still happen. Set up a landline phone in your bathroom or carry your cellphone into the bathroom in case of an emergency.
For even more tips and ideas about bath safety products that you can use every day, browse through SpinLife’s Bathroom Safety Store to compare brands and prices. Make 2016 the year that you put safety first, starting with your bathroom!