From slippery surfaces to sharp corners, bathrooms can be considered one of the most dangerous rooms in the home. Especially for older adults with limited mobility, these surfaces can make seating transfers, showering and toileting even more difficult.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2.5 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries annually. The following are more facts from the CDC.
Did you know?
- One in three people over the age of 65 fall each year, but less than half tell their physician.
- One in every five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury.
- Over 700,000 people a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often from head injuries or hip fractures.
If you are providing care or one of the nearly 9.5 million adults living independently that have difficulty with daily activities at home, including bathing, consider home modifications that can ease the troubles and safety concerns you may have (U.S. Census Bureau). A few of these modifications for stability and assistance available include:
- Shower seats
- Tilted wall-hung mirrors
- Low-barrier showers
- Grab bars in the shower and near the toilet
Connect with us to schedule your home evaluation and consultation today.