Bathroom Safety Tips for Seniors
Many Take Bathroom Security For Granted Until The Unthinkable Happens
Did you know that 55% of all falls happen within the home? As we all age we become more aware of our parents and grandparents need for additional support and security, as well as our own. Falls are a leading cause of death due to injury among the elderly. It can be surprising that 87% of all bone fractures among individuals over the age of 65 are caused by a simple slip and fall.
Statistics of Bathroom Injuries
It may be shocking but one person dies every day in the United States of America due to a slip in a bath tub or shower. Death because of a slip or fall in a bathtub or shower is something that can be prevented. Injury as a result of a slip or fall in a bathroom can be prevented. 367 injuries a day occur as a result of a fall taking place in the bathroom. No one wants to live in fear or being disabled by fear after recovering from an injury. An amazing 30-50 percent of individuals who have recovered from a home fall report that they live in fear of another fall and will restrict their activity in hopes of preventing another occurrence. One in three adults over the age of 65 is reported to be injured in a fall every year. A significant number of hospital emergency room admissions are a result of a slip and fall. 25% of all hospital admissions on a yearly basis in the US are a result of a fall. If that were not concerning enough an unimaginable 40% of nursing home admissions involve a home fall.
Health Effects of Falling
Our brains are precious to us. Brain injury can be result in dramatic permanent disability. Protecting our selves from injury while in a moving vehicle is a matter of common sense. Taking the steps necessary to protect ourselves and our loved ones from a disabling bathroom fall can also be a matter of common sense. Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury. A disturbing 46% of all falls among the elderly 65 and older result in traumatic brain injury. Most individuals around the age of 65 do not consider themselves elderly. In a society where being 40 something is like being the new 30 something it’s hard to think about a life transforming accident taking place.
This statistic is a real eye opener; the death rate in 2009 as a result of a fall was 24% higher for men than for women. On the other hand women are 3 times more likely to have a hip fracture as a result of a fall than men. The average cost of care for a fall injury in 2009 was $19,440. As heart breaking as all these statistics may be, there is a solution and injury as a result of a bathroom fall can be prevented. Take action to prevent a slippery situation for yourself or a loved one. Make your home and bathroom safer by preventing tripping hazards. Taking a few easy steps can prevent the unthinkable.
Tips for Increasing the Safety of a Bathroom
Make sure there is adequate lighting and grab bars inside the shower or tub area and next to toilets. Take the time to ad slip resistant and non slip flooring to bathroom and shower areas. Consider the purchase of a therapeutic walk in bathtub or shower that has a built in or added seat. These steps can add peace of mind and prevent injury.
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