Bathroom safety and fall prevention

When it comes to the safety of the elderly in a home, the bathroom deserves immediate attention. Over 230,000 people are injured in the bathroom each year, according to the most recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of those injuries are caused by falling, with those who are aged 65 or older having the highest injury rate — including the highest fracture rates and being hospitalized most often. It’s not just slipping in the bathtub or shower. Standing up from, sitting down on or using the toilet was the No. 3 cause of injuries in the bathroom, followed by getting out of the tub or shower. Many falls do not cause injuries. But one out of five falls does cause a serious injury such as a broken bone or a head injury. These injuries can make it hard for a person to get around, do everyday activities, or live on their own. Falls can cause broken bones, like wrist, arm, ankle, and hip fractures. Falls can cause head injuries. These can be very serious, especially if the person is taking certain medicines (like blood thinners).

Many people who fall, even if they’re not injured, become afraid of falling. This fear may cause a person to cut down on their everyday activities. When a person is less active, they become weaker and this in turn increases their chances of falling. Research has identified many conditions that contribute to falling. These are called risk factors. Many risk factors can be changed or modified to help prevent falls. These include: -

  • Lower body weakness
  • vitamin D deficiency
  • Difficulties with walking and balance
  • vision problems, foot pain or poor footwear
  • Home hazards or dangers such as broken or uneven steps
  • use of certain types of medicines such as tranquilizers, sedatives, or antidepressants – even some over-the-counter medicines can affect balance and how steady you are on your feet.

Most falls are caused by a combination of risk factors. The more risk factors a person has, the greater their chances of falling. Healthcare providers can help cut down a person’s risk by reducing the fall risk factors listed above. Falls can be prevented. There are some simple things one can do to keep yourself from falling. Talk to Your Doctor. Do Strength and Balance Exercises. Do exercises that make your legs stronger and improve your balance.

Have your eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year and be sure to update your eyeglasses if needed. Make your home safer by getting rid of things you could trip over, adding grab bars inside and outside your tub or shower and next to the toilet, putting railings on both sides of stairs and making sure your home has lots of light by adding more or brighter light bulbs.

Despite preventive planning, sometimes a loved one may fall out of bed. Bed-side rails provide protection against accidental falls from bed. Bed-side railings are attachments to homecare beds that can be raised and locked into place whenever needed.

Shoes are one of the safest foot protection items but inside the house, people often like to just wear socks.  Anti-slip socks do double duty in both comfort and safety. These socks keep the wearer’s feet cozy and warm while providing some traction against slippery surfaces when the user is walking. They can be worn while the wearer is sleeping so even if they can get out of bed independently, they are less likely to have a slipping event walking on the floor.  

For people who use walking sticks, canes with fall detection sensors are available. These will be triggered once they go out of balance and into a free fall, notifying others that the owner may have fallen down and may need assistance to get back up.

Fall prevention monitoring devices help to keep a track of loved ones who are at risk of falling. These alarm systems are usually equipped with magnetic trigger switches which are attached to the body of the person at one end and onto the device at the other end. The device can be placed on a wheelchair, bed, or on the walls, especially of the bathroom. When the person leans dangerously out of balance, the switch will be triggered, and the alarm will go off.

Grab bars are crucial appliances that reduce the risk of falls.  They can be installed by the toilet, shower, bathtub, or any location where support is needed.

The Drive medical Grab Bars are excellent choice for bathrooms. These can be installed and removed at any time without any tools or assistance. It uses vacuum suction to hold onto the surfacce and hence can be fixed in any angle. Grab bars work well in bathrooms with space constraints, since they do not require additional space.

Toilet safety frames are easy-to-install solutions that helps to prevent falls that occur from rising or sitting down on the toilet. Safety frames can either be permanent attachments or it can be mobile units that can be placed around the toilet when required. These types of frames are especially helpful for people who suffer from knee injury or other conditions of the leg that makes them difficult to sit down on the toilet.

With all the required materials and support along with extra care available at one stop, we in Rehamo make sure one gets all the necessary services with any hustle. From caretaker to all the required guidance about fall prevention and necessary tools to ensure preclusion we have been a go-to for every person to look up to for help.

These can be installed and remove at any time without any tools or assistance. It uses vacuum suction to hold on to the surface and hence can be fixed in any angle. Grab bars work well in tight bathrooms to provide support without taking up space.