As we age, the bathtub becomes one of the most dangerous places in our home. Since 80 percent of falls happen in the bathroom, it is crucial that we make the bathroom safer. Continue reading for some bathtub safety tips, so that you can keep your loved one safe and sound.
The Dangers of Bathtubs
Annually, one out of four adults aged 65 and above, fall. Many of these falls are due to accidents in the bathroom. Critically, it should be noted that these falls often result in serious complications beyond bruising. For example, many falls can leave a person with broken bones, such as a hip fracture, or potentially even serious head injuries. The fear of suffering from falls can also result in your loved one avoiding daily activities, such as bathing.
There are many factors that increase the risk of falling, as well as the severity of any resulting injuries. Some of these risk factors include:
- Balance and mobility issues.
- Lower body weakness.
- Vitamin D deficiency.
- Vision problems.
- Certain medications that affect balance.
- Worn down soles or poor choice of footwear.
- Home hazards – these include slippery surfaces, such as smooth tiles, as well as clutter, which increases the risk of tripping, and more.
Now that we have a better idea of the dangers of bathtubs, let’s look at how we can make bathtubs safer for our loved ones. Did you know that there’s a correct way to get out of the bathtub? Getting out simply by putting one leg over the tub, as many people do, is actually a recipe for disaster. Here’s how you should get out instead:
- Sit down in the bathtub.
- Grab the dry edge of the bathtub.
- Pull yourself and roll on your side.
- Place your hands flat on the bottom of the bathtub and change to a kneeling position.
- Hold tightly onto the edge of the bathtub, then slowly raise your knees until you’re in a standing position.
- While still holding onto the edge, lift one leg and bring it over the side of the bathtub.
- Stand firmly on a non-slip mat on the floor, and do not release your grip. Remember, wet and slippery floors increase the risk of a fall, so you should always have a non-slip bathmat.
- Raise the other leg and bring it over to the side until you’re fully out of the tub.
Grab Bars and Shower Chairs
Other than non-slip bathmats, grab bars and shower chairs are also great ways to keep the bathroom safer and reduce the risks of falls. You can position grab bars at the entrance or along the wall of the bathtub. This provides a steady place to grip when your loved one is getting into and out of a bathtub.
A Safe Living Environment at Aston Gardens At The Courtyard
Aston Gardens At The Courtyard is a senior living community that offers resort-style living as well as excellent amenities. Our apartments and communal areas are all equipped with safety devices to reduce fall risks. In addition, our assisted living option also offers help with bathing, grooming, and continence. To learn more about our comfortable living options for your loved ones, contact us today.