Bathroom falls - A Geriatric Giant


The bathroom is the place in the home where the most accidents occur in seniors.
Falls are a major problems in seniors and are considered “Geriatric Giants”. As high as 30% of seniors aged 65 and above experience falls every year and a majority of falls happen in Bathroom.                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Various surveys reveal the following facts :                                                        
  • Senior women aged 65 plus are more prone to falls.
  • Most falls occur in early morning.
  • 90% of falls in bathroom happen at entrance, shower area and commode area.
  • 40 % of fall cases in seniors result in fractures.                                                         
Falls, apart from causing physical injury like fractures,head injuries etc also have dramatic psychological, medical and social consequences in seniors.                                                                                                                                                                
A Single fall in bathroom could seriously affect the independent living of the senior and in some case can be fatal.                                                                                                                                                                       
Typical reasons for falls in bathroom
  • No saparate shower area
  • Bucket bathing - involves reaching to shampoos and soaps
  • Slippery tiles
  • Small spaces
  • Insufficient lighting
  • Sharp edges and few things to grasp.                                                              
This is further complicated by other influences such as
  • Medication side-effects,
  • Reduced physical abilities and
  • Reduced vision.                                                                                                                                    
One bad accident around the house is enough to severely hinder independence and mobility, which is the last thing anyone wants.                                                                                                                                                                                            
3 Simple Steps to help your loved one avoid bathroom injuries:
    1. Place Non-slip Pads/tape on the floor in shower area.
    2. Install at least 3 Grab bars in bathroom to cover -
    • Entrance 
    • Shower area
    • Commode area                 
    3. Place a shower chair with hand held shower.
These products while enhancing the look of the bathroom would make bathing comfortably and safe.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Safe shower is a daily problem for a senior. A warm morning shower with no fear of fall is the best way to start a day. These things won't cost you a bomb avoiding it could...

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