Seniors fall while in their bathrooms due to many reasons, such as poor balance, flexibility, clutter, and inadequate lighting. Falls could lead to serious health issues that prevent seniors from doing daily activities on their own. However, many bathroom accidents can be prevented. Here are some tips family caregivers can use to prevent their senior loved ones from falling in the bathroom.
Getting rid of clutter is one of the easiest ways to prevent your loved one from slipping or falling. The bathroom should only have necessities in place instead of extra objects that increase the risk of falling. For instance, do not stack magazines in the bathroom or purchase additional decorations and furniture that crowd the room. Keep the bathroom nice and tidy, especially the entrance, because many falls happen while seniors are going in and out of the bathroom.
Removing clutter and safety-proofing a senior’s house while managing other caregiving duties can be overwhelming. If you are the primary family caregiver for an elderly loved one and need additional assistance providing high-quality home care, Windermere Home Care Assistance can help. We are a leading home care agency committed to changing the way seniors age.
Install Grab Bars
Family caregivers should have these bars installed inside and outside of the shower or tub to give seniors the support they need while bathing. It is a good idea to install grab bars by the toilets as well, as they help seniors get on and off of the toilet with ease and reduce the risk of falling. Grab bars are safety devices that give seniors support and require less physical exertion.
Some seniors may need assistance with bathing, grooming, and managing other daily tasks, and professional caregivers can assist them. If your senior loved one needs hourly or live-in care, Altamonte Springs 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.
Add Better Lighting
Inadequate lighting can be a serious hazard for seniors, regardless if they are walking in and out of the bathroom, or while they are in the room bathing, using the restroom, or grooming themselves. To prevent slips and falls inside of the bathroom, install brighter light bulbs or add nightlights. Extra lighting makes it easier for seniors to navigate the room during the nighttime.
Clean Up Spills
Many accidents in the bathroom are due to wet spots on the floor. The floors may be wet for a variety of reasons, such as leakages or water being tracked after taking a shower. Check your loved one’s bathroom throughout the day to make sure the floors are dry. Doing so could prevent him or her from falling and experiencing broken bones, head traumas, or other serious injuries. You can also install nonslip mats in the bathroom to prevent falls on slick and slippery surfaces. The mats should be installed in the areas of the bathroom that become extremely dangerous when wet.
Provide Bath Shoes and Socks
Preventing falls in the bathroom may be as simple as wearing bath shoes. Shower slippers are another option. If the shoes are uncomfortable, your loved one can wear socks. Make sure the socks are nonslip instead of traditional socks. Nonslip socks may be more comfortable, and they also have grips on the soles of the feet that can prevent falls.
If your aging loved one needs occasional help with bathing, grooming, cooking, or other basic household tasks, or if you need time to attend to important personal matters, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of live-in and respite care. Orlando seniors can maintain their independence while living at home with the help of our reliable respite caregivers. To create a comprehensive care plan for your senior loved one, call us at (407) 232-7155.