With the cold weather season here, it's great to enjoy nice warm showers and baths. At the same time, it’s also critical to focus on safety, particularly for the elderly, those with mobility issues, and children.
Did you know that bathrooms are one of the most dangerous spots in your home? It’s no surprise that bathroom falls are the top cause of injury for seniors, with women being more at risk for injury. This can result in fractures, sprains, and concussions.
Falls are a public health concern. The slippery nature of bathroom surfaces increases the chance of injuries especially as we age. With hospitals and emergency rooms currently packed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s up to us to make our living environment as safe as possible for ourselves and our loved ones.
An often-referenced study conducted by the CDC concluded that the highest rates of bathroom injuries occurred in or around the tub or shower and injuries that happened on or near the toilet.
As we get older, many neglect the need to reexamine the homefront to make it adaptable to their current mobility. Also, it’s not just the senior crowd. Parents need the peace of mind that bathrooms are safe for their kids as well.
Time for a Bathroom Makeover
Make the most dangerous room in the house the safest for everyone with a few simple modifications.
Install affordable grab bars by showers, bathtubs, and toilets.
Get rid of rugs that are slipping hazards for all.
Add non-slip mats in and around showers and tubs for traction.
Use a shower chair if standing is an issue.
Improve bathroom lighting to increase visibility where needed.
Remove clutter and any obstacles that are tripping hazards and keep walking areas clear.
Getting a Grip
Mobility is the most common disability among older Americans. Installing a grab bar is one of the best things you can do. They allow you to catch your balance if you’re starting to slip. Easy-to-install and affordable, it’s an instant attachment where you need it, when you need it, whether that be in the bathtub, shower, or toilet area. Put one on both sides of the toilet and bathtubs for added support.
When installing a balance assist grab bar, such as those available by Safer-er-Grip, look for these key features:
Provides the extra stability needed while getting in and out of the tub or shower
Strong suction cup design that can work on any non-porous, smooth, flat surface, including tile, glass, acrylic, and metal allowing you to place the grab bar where you need it most
Simple tool-free installation making it easy to install or remove from the tub or shower walls with locking latches to secure the bar in place
Textured contoured rubber grip underneath the handle to provide a comfortable non-slip grip which is perfect for the injured or elderly
Used to help balance a person’s body (not meant to stand full body weight)
Don’t become one of the statistics. Follow these tips and make safety first as part of your changing lifestyle.
Over the past 15 years, Safe-er-Grip has established itself as the brand leader in suction technology in the grab bar arena. Manufactured by Mommy’s Helper, the Safe-er-Grip line has more than 20 products. While the company’s bars provide safety for seniors, handicapped, and anyone needing balance assistance, its accessories add convenience and ease with their simple placement suction cup design. Built with superior quality, the company provides safety and convenience for Changing Lifestyles.