The National Council on Aging reports that every 19 minutes an elderly person dies following a fall. In the 2013 study released by The Journal of Injury and Violence, it's reported that almost 40 percent of the total falls among the elderly occur in the bathroom.
To prevent falls in the bathroom, you need to make a few changes.
Here are four of the most affordable bathroom accessories that can help prevent your mom and dad from falling...
Bath or Shower Seat
If your mom and dad have a hard time with balance or standing for an extended period of time, invest in a bath or shower seat. These waterproof chairs allow your parent to sit while washing their body or shaving legs. Many have support rails on one side to help with the climb in and out of the tub. You'll find them for less than $50 usually.
Grab bars are really important. You can get them for around $20 each, but you do need to install them correctly. If you're not very handy, professional installation will drive up the cost. If you can't do it, talk to your parent's nearest Agency on Aging to see if there are volunteers who do installations of that nature.
Your mom and dad should have safety bars installed inside and outside of the tub or shower. There should be another near the toilet.
Non-Slip Tub and Shower Mat
Bathtub and shower stall floors can get slippery. When you add shampoo, conditioner, and soaps or body washes to the equation, floors become treacherous. Place a non-slip tub or bath mat on the floor. If that's not ideal, non-slip stickers on the floor are also handy. Both cost very little money. You'll often find them in dollar stores too, which really makes them affordable.
Toilet Safety Frame
If there are no studs in the wall for grab bars, a toilet safety frame is a great alternative. This frame goes around the side of the toilet and provides rails to hold while lowering onto the toilet and standing back up. You won't often pay more than $35 for a toilet safety frame.
When transfers in and out of the bathtub or shower become a safety hazard, look into the services of a local elder care professional. Your parents maintain privacy and independence, but they have someone there to help them when needed. Call an elder care agency to learn more about having caregivers available for grooming and bathing.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Homecare in Birmingham, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.
Susan Smith, Owner
Susan Smith is the owner of Senior Legacy, an independent non-medical senior in home care business.... Read More...