How to Prevent Fall-Related Accidents in the Bathroom

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How to Reduce the Risk of Falls in the Bathroom

By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on October 16, 2017

The bathroom can be a hazardous place for seniors, placing them at risk of fall-related injuries. Luckily, the vast majority of falls can be prevented with a few additional safety features and a little bit of foresight. Here are some tips you can use to keep your senior loved one as safe as possible while in the bathroom.

Keep the Area Clutter-Free

A cluttered bathroom can be dangerous if your loved one has eyesight or balance issues. At the start of each day, caregivers should quickly clean the bathroom and remove any magazines, newspapers, towels, or clothes on the floor. They should also double check the bathroom for spilled hygiene products or puddles that might make the floor slippery.

Fall-related injuries are some of the many age-related challenges older adults are susceptible to. Seniors can face a variety of challenges as they age, many of which can be mitigated with the help of professional in-home caregivers who provide high-quality senior care. Scottsdale families trust in Home Care Assistance to help their elderly loved ones age in place safely and comfortably.  

Install Grab Bars or Handrails

In addition to installing handrails along stairways, you might also want to put them next to the toilet and bathtub. Whenever your loved one needs to change positions or lift a leg, he or she should have something to hold onto. Handrails are generally easy to install, and you should be able to put them up in just a few minutes with some basic tools. 

Purchase a Bath Transfer Bench

Walk-in bathtubs are a great option for older adults, but they can also be quite expensive to buy and install. Bath transfer benches are much more affordable, and these simple stools give seniors the ability to safely get in and out of the bathtub while sitting down. Once your loved one is sitting comfortably and grabbing a handrail, he or she can simply swing his or her legs into the bathtub. 

Consider hiring a professional caregiver if your loved one needs help toileting, bathing, cleaning, or managing other daily tasks. Whether your elderly loved one needs part-time assistance with basic household chores or you need a break from your caregiving duties, the Scottsdale respite care experts at Home Care Assistance are here to help. All of our respite care services are backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, there are no hidden fees in our contracts, and we never ask our clients to sign long-term contracts.

Put Nonslip Mats on the Ground

Some people put towels on the floor to soak up water and act as mats, but this can be a dangerous thing to do. Wet towels tend to bunch up and become obstacles for your loved one. A good nonslip mat provides additional cushioning on the floor as well as extra grip for the feet. High-quality bathroom mats generally have adhesive strips on the back that keep them from moving around. 

Encourage Exercise

Exercising a few days a week is one of the most effective ways to prevent slip and fall-related accidents. Seniors who have strong arms and legs may be able to catch themselves when they begin to fall, and their core muscles can help them with balance and agility. At the very least, you should have your loved one practice getting up out of a chair independently so his or her major muscle groups don’t atrophy.

Seniors can reduce their risk of falls and injuries by making healthy lifestyle choices. However, helping a loved one adopt healthy habits can be challenging for family caregivers. If your elderly loved one needs help maintaining healthy habits, consider hiring a professional caregiver. Scottsdale families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide dedicated and compassionate in-home caregivers who are trained in our holistic Balanced Care Method, which was designed to encourage seniors to exercise often, eat nutritious foods, maintain strong social ties, and focus on other lifestyle factors that promote longevity. To learn about our high-quality in-home care services, call us at 480.448.6215 today.