Do you know that one in every four senior adults in the US falls every single year? That’s right! And what’s alarming is that every 11 seconds, someone aged 65 years or older in the US falls, and some could be fatal.
If you have senior adults in your household, here are some tips on how to make your bathroom a safer place.
Invest in new senior-friendly bathtubs
There are bathtubs for seniors or the elderly like portable walk-in bathtubs. These specialized bathtubs allow seniors just to walk into the tub without having to raise their legs as you would in a typical bathtub. This can greatly prevent falls. It is also good for pregnant women and even small children.
Install grab bars in your bathroom
Even if you already have a walk-in bathtub, it’s great to add additional safety features including grab bars. These give people something to hold onto if they accidentally slip or if they have mobility problems. If you do not have the budget to invest in a new bathtub, you can add grab bars for now and add the walk-in tub later.
Install non-slip mats and avoid rugs
Forget the bathroom rugs. Install some non-slip mats in your bathroom to lower the risk of falls and slips on wet tiles. Make sure to get the ones that have a non-slip surface. They’re easy to install, and you can customize them to fit any size and shape you have.
It doesn’t matter if you have a small or big bathroom, they all carry the same risks for falls and slips if you don’t take caution and invest in safety measures. So whether or not, you have seniors at home, take these safety tips to heart and make your space a safer place to be every day.