While falling down stairs is one of the leading causes of injury among 50+ seniors and the elderly, not all homes have stairs. The other room where most falls occur is something every house has: the bathroom. With sometimes slick floors, slippery showers and moisture all around, bathrooms can be a dangerous place for 50+ seniors & elderly in Atlanta homes.
However, the bathroom can be made much safer and accessible with the right assistive technology and home modification accessibility upgrades.
Bathroom Fall Prevention
Most bathrooms are poorly designed for the elderly or those who are mobility impaired. Space is limited and most homes come with a shower/bathtub combo which requires stepping over the side of the tub. All of these factors make the bathroom potentially unsafe. Here are some ways to help lower the danger.
- Walk-In Bathtubs: For those who cannot stand for long periods of time (or at all), the walk-in bathtub allows easy access to bathing without having to hoist oneself dangerously into a contemporary tub.
- Roll-In Showers: These showers not only have easier access but are designed to be used while safely seated. These showers also have the space needed for a caregiver to help out.
- Grab Bars: Strategically installed around the bathroom can give a fall preventing hand-hold. Additionally can be used to hoist oneself out of a wheelchair.
- Safety Lights: Bathrooms get steamy which can disorient the elderly. Backlit LED lights help keep a person oriented and safe.
Home Modifications–Ramps, Stair lifts and Bathroom Upgrades
Preventative measures to help 50+ seniors and elderly Atlanta residents stay safe include home modifications such as wheelchair ramps for homes, straight and curved stairlifts, and roll-in shower and walk-in bath installations. Would any of these give you the safety and security you require to be protected in your home?
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