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Bathroom safety, best products
Bathroom safety, Did you know that 1 in 3 persons over age sixty five fall each year at home? If falls happen, fortunately, it is not major. Most do not result in any kind of injury with the exception of scraped knee or minor bruise. However, falling in home’s bathroom is a different story. Therefore bathroom safety is very important. It is good to know that there are wide array of bathroom safety products you can purchase both online and offline. As a result, safety can be ensure for older members of the family. In addition to younger family members as well.
Here are some of the safety products that you must have/ install in your bathroom for elder’s overall safety:
Most bathtubs and shower stalls mainly feature vinyl surfaces. Although it is not slippery as other materials, the addition of water will make falling a possibility. Older people might have experienced near-fall accident, to which you responded through skirting around to regain the balance. Rubber-backed, adhesive mats always remain on the floor and primarily offer enough foot grips. It only means that there will be no more slipping around when older people are trying to bathe, thus ensure bathroom safety.
A bathroom would not be complete without the grab bars. Vertically and horizontally installed shower and tub bars are useful and provide the elderly with stable support system. Always remember not to install these bars diagonally for this will increase the risk of slipping most especially when the bar is wet.
Raised Toilet Seats
Standard toilet seats are mostly fixed too low to the ground for the elderly. However, installation of new raised seat can actually increase the seat height for up to four inches. When it is equipped with the side grab bars, elderly will never have problems in standing and sitting on their own.
This is among the many safety products your bathroom must have. For those elders who use wheelchairs and have difficult time standing for longer hours, the shower chair is a great help. This features ergonomic design for great comfort. This also has rubber-soled feet essential for preventing sliding.
If your bathroom’s tub does not feature a certain door for an easy entry or is not wheelchair-friendly, bath bench is what you should purchase. Inexpensive and simple, the seats extend outside of the tub for fall-proof and quick sessions.
Non-slip adhesive strips
These safety products can be placed on top of the sink edges in order to guard against the hand slippage. most especially if the surfaces are utilized for balance support.
Falls occur when the elders are getting back and forth the shower or tub. Having non-slip mat right on the floor of the tub or shower and non-slip rug on the floor specially when stepping out of the shower or tub definitely helps elder feel stable. This can also reduce slipping. Keep in mind that it is not advisable to step on the towel as this can easily slide away underneath the feet.