BATHROOM SAFETY MONTH

JANARY 2021

January is bathroom safety month!

We’re celebrating Bathroom Safety all month long to bring awareness to the most dangerous room in the home

Did you know that up to 80 percent of falls in the home occur in the bathroom? Fall related injuries can vary from small scrapes to broken hips and head trauma, making it imperative to take precautions to prevent falls before they happen. The chance of falling and getting injured increases with age and peaks at age 85. More than one-third of fall-related injuries happen while bathing or showering, with 14 percent of injuries occurring while using the toilet. However, seniors over the age of 85 suffer more than half of their injuries near the toilet.

WHAT MAKES THE BATHROOM SO DANGEROUS?

Why do so many more falls and injuries happen in the bathroom? The dangerous nature of the bathroom has to do with the environment and the associated physical tasks that are performed there. 

  • Most falls occur while seniors are transferring in and out of the bathtub, shower, or getting on and off the toilet.
  • The bathroom is typically a smaller space, which means the likelihood of hitting a head, arm, or hip increases.
  • Bathrooms have hard surfaces and flooring which contributes to the higher risk of serious injury.
  • Showering and bathing causes hard surfaces to become slippery. Slipping is the number one reason for falling in the bathroom.
  • Toilet seats are often too low, contributing to the difficulty of sitting and standing and causes one to lose their balance.
  • Rugs are one of the most commonly used items in a bathroom and can cause a loved one to slip or trip and fall.
  • The bathroom is riddled with unstable objects such as hampers, shower curtains, and towel rods that might be wrongly used for balance and support.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR BATHROOM SAFER:

There are several precautions one can take to help prevent falls and make a bathroom safer. Before making a plan, assess the level of activity, balance, and health of your loved one to determine what precautions should be made to keep them safe.

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