The bathroom is often the first place you might discover you need a little help.
It’s also a need you probably don’t want to discuss with friends or family.
But, when it comes to your safety at home, you should focus on your bathroom setup. Make sure even the slightest chance of falling is eliminated.
In research conducted by the CDC, if you are between the ages of 65 and 85, you have double the risk of getting an injury in the bathroom than the average Joe. After age 85, you are more than likely than not to have an injury in the bathroom.
But, there are many steps you can take to improve your safety in the bathroom.
- The first step is to think – honestly – about where you struggle the most in the bathroom. Is bathing difficult for you? Do you have trouble getting up and down from the toilet?
- Research tips and products that help seniors and the elderly with bathing and toileting. I have several guides on different pieces of bathroom safety equipment below.
- Discuss your situation with your doctor. I also suggest discussing it with a close family member or friend as well.
- After you have input from trusted loved ones and professionals, take action and get the safety products you need. Some insurances will cover these at no cost to you. Sometimes, you have to buy them on your own.
I hope you find these guides helpful. If you have any questions about what you read, please leave a comment at the end of the guide.
Scott Grant, ATP, CRTS