The bathroom is a haven for you to get ready for your day and take a refreshing bath or shower. However, the bathroom can be a potentially dangerous place if you don’t have the proper safety precautions in place.
Slips and falls in the bathtub can lead to serious injuries, including dislocated joints, broken bones, concussions, or even drowning. Bathroom injuries can be especially dangerous for people who live alone, who may have to wait hours or even days without assistance.
Here are a few ways you can make your bathroom safer.
• Slip-proof your floors. This is necessary for both the bathtub or shower floor and the rest of the flooring in your bathroom. Slip-proof stickers are available at most stores, and are easy to install in the bathtub or shower. Use slip-proof backing behind your rugs to prevent a fall after you get out of the bath or shower.
• Clear a path. If you get up during the night to use the restroom, it’s important to have a clear, well-lit path. Consider using nightlights in your hallways, and be sure to turn the light on when you get to the bathroom. The momentary discomfort of the bright light far outweighs tripping and injuring yourself!
• Take note of difficulties. If you struggle with balance, consider installing a grab bar inside your bathtub or shower. If you find it hard to stand up for an entire shower, or have a hard time getting up and down in the bathtub, a shower chair may be a good idea for you. If it is difficult to get in and out of the bathtub, try a transfer bench or bath lift, which help move you in and out of the tub with support.
Staying safe in the bathroom is something you may not think about until it is too late. Be proactive! Connect with CarePro Home Medical for a variety of bathroom safety equipment, or if you have questions about keeping yourself or your loved one safe in the bathroom. Your insurance may cover some bathroom safety equipment. We’re happy to contact them for you- just ask us.