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Alyssa Ochs

March 25, 2016

6 Ways To Keep Your Bathroom Safer

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.

Four Easy STeps to a Safer Bathroom

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.

Bath and Shower Seat with backrest

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.

Four easy steps to a safer bathroom

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.

WhisperBathLift

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.

MediTubWalkInTub

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!

February 19, 2016

Mom Needs a Housekeeper: Knowing When It’s Time to Hire Help

If your mom is anything like mine, she takes tremendous pride in her home and keeping it clean, beautiful, and clutter-free.  However, keeping up with household chores can become a tremendous burden when faced with health and mobility issues as we get older. It may be difficult to convince your mother that she needs a little help around the house, but there are a few telltale signs that indicate it might be time to outsource a few cleaning tasks.

Risks of an Unkempt Home

Not only is a messy home a bit unsightly, but it can also be unsafe. Clutter on the floor can cause trips and falls, and contents of an organized closet could fall onto your mom and injure her. Eating off of dirty dishes could make her ill, and wearing unclean clothes can cause skin rashes and infections.

There are varying degrees of household chores, so while your mom may be able to keep up with dusting and dishes, she might need a little help with taking out the trash on snowy days or mopping the floors for spring cleaning. Hoarding has emerged as a serious problem among seniors, so it’s important to manage a household before it gets out of control.

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February 17, 2016

Random Acts of Kindness for Seniors: Thoughtful Ideas and Inspiration

We shouldn’t need a national holiday to be kind to each other, but every little reminder helps us reconnect to the people around us.

A ninety year-old elderly woman shares a garden bench and companionship with here three dogs.

A ninety year-old elderly woman shares a garden bench and companionship with here three dogs.

February 17 is National Random Acts of Kindness Day, a day celebrated by people across the country to encourage kind words and thoughtful actions. Small actions can truly make a difference in the lives of loved ones and even total strangers. Seniors have given so much of their lives to helping others in need, so isn’t it time recognize and appreciate all they’re done with our kindness?

Let’s take a look a few of the many ways that you can commit a random act of kindness for a senior today and any day of the year.

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