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What You Should Do To Avoid Slipping And Falling In The Bathroom

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The bathroom is a particularly dangerous room in the home for a variety of reasons. It’s often slippery when wet, there are lots of hard surfaces and there’s a risk of losing balance getting in and out of the bath or shower. 

Anyone can have a fall in the bathroom. But older people and individuals with limited mobility or poor balance are at a higher risk. The need to bend, reach, and lift the feet, can be challenging for an elderly person who is coping with balance or mobility problems, and can cause them to lose balance and fall.

However, with a few preventive measures, you can drastically lower you and your family's risk of slipping and falling in the bathroom.

1. Install Grab Bars Or RailsGrab bars are an indispensable tool for elders who use the bathroom. Simply having something to hold onto can reduce the risk of falling. 

Install grab rails by the toilet, shower and bath so that you can always hold onto something to steady yourself. 

Not only do grab rails give you something to hold onto, but also increase your confidence by giving peace of mind that support is there if you need it.

2. Install Non-Slip Surfaces Or Tiles

Many bathroom floors are made of glossy tiles or linoleum. While this material is attractive and easy to clean, it also becomes very slippery when wet. 

To prevent slips, it is advised that you install non-slip concrete surfaces or textured tiles that resist moisture on the floor.

3. Place Essential Items Within Easy Reach Making sure that commonly used items are within easy reach in the shower/bathtub, can lower your risk of slipping and falling.

Make sure that soap, shampoo, conditioner, towels, and any other bathing items are within easy reach rather than stretching, leaning over or bending down to get them.

4. Remove Obstacles

Safety in the bathroom can be greatly improved by removing items that can be easily tripped over, including steps. Installing a walk-in shower or walk-in bathtub can also prevent this from occurring.

5. Install Proper Lighting

For many elderly people, frequent urination, especially at night, is a common complaint.

Make sure the bathroom is well lit so you can see what you’re doing. Use night lights to make sure that the path from the bedroom to the bathroom is well lit, and make sure the bathroom has adequate lighting throughout. 

6. Wear Footwears With Good Grip

Wood, tile and linoleum floors can be slippery, especially when wet. Wearing footwears that have good grip on the soles, can drastically reduce those slip and falls that seem to happen when you’re rushing to answer your phone, answer the door, get to the bathroom, and so on.

7. Raise Up Your Toilet Seat

A low toilet seat can make it challenging to get up safely and takes a lot more effort to do so. If you are someone with mobility issues, the last thing you need is to have trouble getting up and down from the toilet.

8. Use Slip-Resistant Shower Mats

Falling in the shower can be particularly devastating for an elderly person. You can reduce this by adding a slip-resistant shower mat or adhesive shapes on the bottom of the shower or bath.

If you do not have these, add a towel to the bottom after the water is started and allow it to get soaked before stepping on it. The water will hold it in place and create a stronger grip for you to maintain your balance.

9. Never Rush

Don’t ever rush to take a bath or shower. The bathtub and shower is very slippery and the water everywhere only makes it worse. This combined with ‘being in a rush’ almost guarantees that you will end up slipping and falling.

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