The bathroom can be a dangerous place for older people, especially those who are quite frail or suffer from medical conditions. Having to climb in and out of the bath tub and the slippy nature of the room increase the risk of a fall.
As we know already, falls are the most common cause of injury related deaths in people over the age of 75. In fact, according to the NHS, around one in three adults over 65 who live at home will have at least one fall a year.
You may have seen our top tips for older people to follow when it comes to staying safe at home. Today’s article focuses on staying safe in the bathroom and the things that you can do to lower the risk of an accident.
Here are 5 ways of staying safe in the bathroom.
Install Grab Rails
Installing grab rails around your bathroom should be the first step you take as your get older and begin to struggle with your balance. There are so many different types to choose from, each of which can help you in different ways.
You can buy grab rails which attach to the wall or ones which attach to your bath or shower. All grab rails should be installed in places that you can reach easily, without having to overstretch. It’s very important that the fixings are strong and secure – and you may need to consult a trades person to check that your walls are strong enough to hold them.
We advise that you install grab rails around your bath or shower, and at the side of your toilet so that you can sit down and stand back up with ease after using the bathroom.
Install a Shower Seat
Some older people may struggle to stand for long periods of time due to balance and muscle problems, which is why taking a shower can become a pain. Shower chairs are a great solution to this problem.
By installing a shower seat you can enjoy all the benefits of the shower, without having to stay standing up for 10 minutes. A shower seat provides you with stability and a place to rest at the same time.
When purchasing a shower seat you should ensure that it has rubber tips on the legs, as this will provide non-slip grip. Ensure that you use the grab rails previously mentioned in this article to help you get up from your shower seat.
Buy a Rubber Bath Mat
A slippery bath tub can cause problems for people of all ages, but the risk of a fall increases with older people. There is a quick and easy way to help make getting in and out the bath tub easier, and that is by having a rubber bath mat.
By simply placing the bath mat on the floor of your bath tub you are moving the slip hazard. You will be able get in and out of the bath with a slower risk of loosing your footing and having a fall. There are plenty of rubber bath mats available, in different colours and styles so that you can pick the one that matches your bathroom.
Rubber shower mats are also now available should you have a separate shower cubicle.
Install a Walk-In Bath
Although a rubber bath mat can help reduce the risk of you slipping whilst getting in and out of the bath, older people can still struggle with climbing over the side of the bath and down onto the bathroom floor.
A walk-in bath tub removes this issue. These baths feature a door within the sidewall, which allow you to simply walk into your bath tub. There is no need to climb over the side of the bath anymore. Most models have a small step, as you walk through the door, of around four or five inches.
Most models also feature built in seats so that you can take a bath whilst sitting down if you wish. Some models also have stability bars for you to hold as you sit back up and head back out of the bath tub.
Wear your MyAmie Pendant
The MyAmie Pendant has a great feature that makes it a perfect inclusion in this article: It’s waterproof. This means that you can keep wearing it whilst you take a shower or a nice relaxing bath. As we all know, getting in and out of the bathroom can be tricky due to the slippery conditions. It can also be difficult if you suffer from certain medical conditions such as arthritis.
Fortunately, with a MyAmie Pendant you can call for help if you have a fall in the bathroom. Simply press the red button and our care team will receive an alert call immediately. They will initially try to speak with you over the alarm’s base unit. Don’t worry if your bathroom is too far away for you to hear them, the care team will automatically call for your emergency contacts and the emergency services if they don’t hear a response from you.
Within a matter of minutes help will be on its way to you. Without your pendant, it could be that you are left injured on the floor for hours.
Falls are the most common cause of injury related deaths in people over the age of 75. In fact, according to the NHS, around one in three adults over 65 who live at home will have at least one fall a year.
Staying Safe in the Bathroom – Other Quick Tips
Alongside our top 5 ways of staying safe in the bathroom, there are a few other things that may help to keep you safe in and around the bathroom. The first thing would be to make sure that the essential items in your bathroom are within easy reach.
Keep your shower essentials at arm’s height and width so you don’t need to overstretch or bend down in order to reach them. There are plenty of suction cup shelves that you can install to help you with this.
Another quick tip would be to ensure that your bathroom has adequate lighting. Poor visibility, especially during the night, can increase the risk of a fall. You’ll also need to ensure that the pathway from your bathroom to your bedroom is well lit. A nightlight is a good way to ensuring that there is always a light on during the night.
For more information on purchasing one of our life-saving personal alarms, please speak to one of our friendly advisors on 0800 999 0400. Alternatively, complete our contact us form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.