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How to Lower the Risk of Falls in the Bathroom

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Common age-related conditions such as failing eyesight and limited mobility place seniors at risk of fall-related injuries. In most homes, the bathroom is the most likely place for seniors to fall because many older adults have difficulty maintaining their balance on slippery surfaces. Use these tips to ensure your loved one’s safety when using the bathroom.

Install Motion Sensor Lights

Proper lighting goes a long way toward preventing trip and fall-related accidents. Since poor night vision makes it difficult for seniors to find the light switch, they might be tempted to try to use the restroom in the dark to prevent an incontinence-related accident. You can solve this common issue by installing motion sensor lights that come on as soon as your loved one steps into the restroom. 

Consider hiring a professional caregiver if your loved one needs help with toileting, bathing, cleaning, and other daily tasks. Phoenix home care experts are available to provide high-quality care to seniors on an as-needed basis. From assistance with mobility and exercise to providing transportation to the doctor’s office and social events, there are a variety of ways professional caregivers can help your aging loved one continue to live independently.

Add Grab Bars

Seniors with mobility or balance issues may find it challenging to maneuver around the bathroom. Installing handrails and grab bars gives your loved one something to hold on to as he or she steps over a bathtub ledge or sits down on the toilet. Make sure the grab bars are installed properly so they support your loved one’s weight when preventing a fall.

Use Nonskid Mats

Tile floors and porcelain bathtubs may be easy to clean, but their nonporous surface also makes them slick for seniors to walk on. Add nonskid mats to every wet surface in your loved one’s bathroom. Remember to add a nonskid mat in front of the sink in case water splashes out as your loved one washes his or her hands.

Explore Tub and Shower Options

Universal design is a home building concept that can help seniors age in place, and your loved one can use elements of this design scheme to increase his or her safety. Depending on the bathroom’s space and layout, you may be able to install features such as a walk-in bathtub or shower to reduce the risk of falls.

Helping a loved one with toileting, bathing, and cleaning, and reducing his or her risk of falls in the bathroom can be a challenging task. Whether your elderly loved one needs part-time assistance with basic household chores or you need a break from your caregiving duties, the Phoenix 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.

Encourage Wearing Slippers

It is common for seniors to fall in the bathroom during the evening hours when they rush from bed to relieve themselves. However, you can reduce your loved one’s risk of falls by putting nonskid slippers by his or her bed. If your loved one has limited mobility, you should also keep his or her walking aid nearby so he or she never tries to walk to the bathroom without something to balance with.

Offer Assistance

There may come a point when seniors require help in the bathroom. Whether they experience limited mobility or fear being injured in the shower, it is important to make them feel safe while using the restroom. Talk to your loved one and find out his or her preferences for personal hygiene care. For instance, many older adults prefer having a professional nearby who can help if they request assistance.

If your senior loved one needs hourly or live-in care, Phoenix Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers can assist with exercise and mobility, prepare nutritious meals, provide timely medication reminders, and help with a wide array of other important daily tasks. To hire a professionally trained caregiver, give us a call at 602.388.1085 today.