The vast majority of falls in the home happen in the bathroom. Using the bathroom safely, independently and confidently can be a worry for you, or a loved one. We have compiled a list of tips that can help to prevent bathroom falls.
Make sure that the shower is easy to get in and out of. A modified shower can give easy access through a door to the bath, or a lowered step into the shower. Not only does this help prevent accidents for the older person, but it also allows for carers to assist without issues.
2. Anti-Slip Mats/Flooring
As simple as this one sounds, preventing slippery floors is essential for preventing falls in the bathroom. Anti-slip mats are a cheap and easy to use method of providing friction to a floor that has the potential to become slippery by water or other common bathroom items like shampoo and soap.
3. Grab Rails
Grab rails are a very popular product. They can be attached easily and quickly by you, or a loved one, and provide support getting in and out of the bath or shower. They can be used near a toilet to allow for you to have support while sitting down or getting up from the toilet. Effective and easy to install, grab rails are an essential in preventing falls in the bathroom.
4. Shower Seats
Shower seats are an excellent way of providing support in the shower and allowing you or a loved one to relax. They come in a variety of sizes and styles and help you feel comfortable, relaxed and independent while showering, without the fear of falling.
5. Bath Lifts
Bath lifts help lift you or a loved one in and out of the bath. They allow you to get in and out of the bath safely and securely either independently or by helping a caregiver to safely provide support. Our Bellavita Bathlift is our most popular. It’s secure, sturdy and is guaranteed to not let you down. If you want to take a look it can be found here.
6. Raised Toilet Seat
Raised toilet seats allow for users to safely and confident use the toilet. If you, or a loved one, have impaired mobility, raising the toilet by just a couple of inches makes using it much easier and helps prevents falls in the bathroom. Don’t forget, you can put a grab rail beside the toilet too for extra support.
7. Bath Seats & Tables
Bath seats and tables use the same premise as many of the products mentioned in this piece, they make you or a loved one feel secure relaxed while bathing. By using a bath table, reaching and bending over to pick up soaps etc is not necessarily and in turn, enforcing fall prevention in the bathroom.
If you are worried about preventing falls in the bathroom, either for yourself or a loved one, we would be happy to discuss your options with you.