Because most falls experienced by those 65 and older happen in the bathroom, bathroom safety is a major concern for many patients and caregivers. Many factors add into this recipe for injury including water on the floor, small spaces and awkward positioning for tasks. Fortunately, there are many products that are designed to help keep patients safe in this frequently-used area of any home or facility.
Grab Bars – An excellent tool for assisting patients in their daily life all over the house, grab bars are essential in the bathroom. Easily attaching to many surfaces, grab bars can be placed in the bath or shower, near the toilet area, or anywhere throughout the bathroom that may be of concern to the caregiver or the patient. Many grab bars look like towel racks. In fact, some even double as towel racks, making it easy to keep your bathroom looking up-to-date and still like a bathroom.
Hand-Held Showers – Hand-held shower heads are great for bathroom safety as the user aims the shower head where they need it, instead of being responsible for repositioning themselves in the tub while to rinsing off. Available in a wide variety of styles and prices, some need to be installed while others simply attach to the bathtub faucet or in replacement of an already existing shower head for easy use.
Elevated Toilet Seats – Elevated toilet seats provide a safe toileting experience for many users with varying needs. Some may need to temporarily use a raised seat as they recover from surgery or a procedure, while others may need them in recovery from a traumatic injury. Some patients even may use them just for convenience, especially if they cannot sit-to-stand well. Some models come with grab bars (or arm rests) which allow a patient more leverage when getting up off of the seat and lessen the risk of falls. All elevated toilet seats are made from materials that are easy to clean and keep sanitary.
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