Bathroom Safety Essentials
NIH Senior Health states that falls happen frequently in the home, and several factors point to the bathroom as a primary culprit. Slippery floors. Wet shower tiles. Slick tubs. All circumstances that can lead to a fall accident. Rickety towel racks and low toilet seats can also present problems. So when it comes to fall prevention, making your bathroom safe can greatly reduce your risk of fall injuries at home.
Adjusting Toilet Height
Minus the seat, the average toilet height falls below 15 inches. For some people, sitting little more than a foot from the ground and moving back into a standing position can be difficult. When strength or stability is an issue, the effort needed to carry out those movements may eventually lead to a fall. However, you can increase your toilet height—and your overall bathroom safety—by fitting your toilet with an ADA-compliant seat.
Installing Grab Bars
Even with a more suitable toilet, grab bars could prove integral to preventing falls as well. Especially on days when you feel fatigued or weak, a grab bar can ensure your steadiness as you sit and stand. One important note: a towel rack does not make an adequate grab bar substitute. Towel racks are not intended to withstand a person’s weight, so should you use one for support, you may suffer substantial harm if it dislodges from the wall.
Keeping Floors Slip-Free
A safe bathroom is a slip-free bathroom. You cannot overestimate the importance of making sure that every step you take is a secure one. If your floor doesn’t have traction, use non-skid bath mats to reduce the chances of slipping on wet tile. Also keep in mind the safety of your tub or shower. If you or someone in your household suffers from an issue that compromises strength, stability or agility, consider a walk-in bathtub to alleviate your bathroom fall risk.