It’s time to get serious about bathroom safety for senior citizens. The National Council for Aging Care reports that 8 out of 10 falls take place in bathrooms. As many of half these falls occur when lighting is poor, surfaces aren’t level, or floors are slippery. Take time during January’s National Bath Safety Month to increase safety in your parents’ bathroom.
Install Non-Slip Flooring.
There are vinyl floor planks that look like wood but are developed to add traction. The vinyl planks are water resistant, which makes them great in a bathroom. The traction helps prevent slips and falls. If your parents have flat tile floors in the bathroom, it may be a good idea to switch to flooring that is less slippery when it’s wet.
Add Non-Slip Bath Mats.
Bath mats that are designed for in-shower use are ideal at preventing falls inside a tub or shower. They have suction cups that secure them to the floor. The ridges help add traction while standing in soapy water. They also remove easily for cleaning when the shower is not in use.
Purchase a Shower Seat.
Buy a shower seat that has rubber, non-slip feet. Rather than stand while trying to shower, your parents can sit on a sturdy seat. Make sure the weight limits match your parents’ weights. Handles help them return to a standing position before getting out of the shower.
Is It Time to Upgrade the Tub or Shower?
The National Council for Aging Care found that about 33 percent of the nation’s adults have a hard time getting in and out of a tub. To help prevent falls that occur when climbing over a bathtub’s wall, add grab bars. A walk-in tub is a more expensive upgrade, but it has many built-in safety features.
Grab bars belong inside and outside of the bathtub. When your parent is stepping over the tub’s wall, they should hold onto the grab bar for support. Put one right outside the tub on the bathroom wall. Add another inside the tub on at least the longer wall. If you can fit two inside the tub on the long wall and vertically on a shorter wall, that’s even better.
Discuss the Benefits of Senior Care Services.
Don’t let National Bath Safety Month pass without looking into improving bathroom safety. Once you’ve upgraded the home, talk to senior care services. Caregivers can heighten safety by being there to help your mom and dad get in and out of the shower.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering senior care in Seal Beach, CA, please contact the caring staff at Easy Living Home Care today. Providing Non-Medical Home Care Services in Orange County, CA since 2009. Call for Assistance: (949) 282-5017 or (949) 842-6831
At a very young age it was always Ms. LaPorte’s passion to work with the elderly. She was a caregiver at a nursing home in high school and college and volunteered in senior centers and senior events held by the city in which she grew up. After graduation, Ms. LaPorte became a special education teacher for sixteen years.
She put her teaching career on the sidelines to raise two wonderful children, during which her passion for the elderly inspired her to start Easy Living Home Care in 2009. Ms. Laporte wanted to help people, especially seniors, find competent, qualified, and caring in-home care at reasonable rates.
Ms LaPorte takes an active role in conducting and managing all operations of her business. She is patient, compassionate and listens. Ms. Laporte is always available to her clients and staff.
In her spare time, Lori volunteers for the American Red Cross and Leashes of Love canine rescue organization.
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