September 4, 2020
4 Bathroom Safety Features to Consider
October 11, 2018
A large portion of falls at home occur in the bathroom. According to the CDC, an average of 235,000 people over the age of 15 have to go to the emergency room every year for injuries suffered in the bathroom. So whether you are enjoying your golden years or you’re looking to bring your parents into your home, invest in a few bathroom safety features for your family.
Dangers in the Bathroom
When you’re in the bathroom, a lot of your activities revolve around water. When this water gets onto the floor, it can make the bathroom dangerously slippery. When you mix the water with soap or shampoo, you may have a recipe for disaster on your hands.
Though many of us think of the elderly as the most likely to get hurt in the bathroom, it can happen to people of any age. Even a young person can fall and hurt themselves if they’re not careful. So needless to say, it’s in everyone’s best interest to make sure the bathroom is safe.
What Can You Do to Improve Bathroom Safety?
One of the simplest features you can add to your bathroom to make it safer is a grab bar. Grab bars can be added near your shower to provide stability for entry and exit of the shower area. You can also add grab bars to the inside of the shower to help you get out, stand up, sit down—essentially any place where a hand-hold is helpful.
For people over the age of 65, most bathroom injuries occur near the toilet, so adding grab bars to the space near it can be very beneficial if you are a senior or have seniors living in your home.
Another useful tool to help make your bathroom safe is a non-slip mat for your tub. This can help keep you grounded while you shower so you can get clean without worrying about taking a tumble.
Remodeling Ideas to Keep Your Bathroom Safe
Barrier free showers are a great way to reduce the danger of getting in and out of your shower. With no lip to step over, there’s less to trip on. You can simply walk in to your shower!
The Bath Doctor can hook you up with a seamless, barrier free shower quickly and at an affordable price, to help you reduce the danger of falls in your bathroom. We also offer a variety of safe flooring options to reduce the likelihood of slipping and falling.
Do You Have Questions About Bathroom Safety?
If you would like to learn more about how bathroom remodeling can make your bathroom safer, give us at call at Bath Doctor today! We can walk you through your options for safety features, accessories, and anything else you may want for your bathroom.