According to the National Center for Health Statistics, one out of every three persons over the age of 65 experiences an unintentional fall each year. Among seniors, falls are the leading cause of death and serious injuries. Many of these accidents occur in the bathroom where hard, slick surfaces combine with water to create conditions that can be hazardous to those with limited mobility.
Most of these accidents can be prevented with the addition of a few basic bath safety devices.
- Grab Bars - Install grab bars in the shower and around the toilet to provide extra balance.
- Non-Slip Bath Strips - These can be placed along the bottom of the tub to provide extra traction and prevent falls while entering and exiting the bath.
- Non-skid Mats - Make sure bath mats have a rubber non-skid surface. Most bathroom floors are made from tile or linoleum, both of which can become slippery when wet.
- Transfer Benches - A transfer bench greatly reduces the chance of a fall while entering and exiting the tub. They are inexpensive and a must have item for those with limited mobility.
- Bath Lifts - A bath lift securely mounts to the bath tub with suction cups and safely lowers the user into the water.
- Toilet Seat Lifts - Toilet lifts raise the user to a standing position reducing the chance of a fall while rising from toilet.