Fall Preventionby Connie Taylor on 09/19/16
Did you know that one in 3 adults aged 65 or older fall each year? Older adults are hospitalized for fall related injuries 5 times more than for any other injuries. Falls are the main cause of broken bones and head injuries. Over 60% of falls happen at home and most of those occur in the bathroom.
- Never lock your bathroom door. It could prevent help from reaching you promptly. Instead, use a Do Not Disturb sign.
- Use an elevated toilet seat on the commode and a tub grab bar to get in and out of the bathtub.
- A bath bench with a back provides comfort and safety when bathing or showering. This should be used with an 84" long, hand held shower.
- Use a non-skid bath mat in the bathtub and the shower floor.
- Set the water heater thermostat at 120 degrees or lower to avoid scalds.
- Use shower gel instead of bar soap that can slip out of your hands and on to the floor.
- Install a nightlight that comes on automatically in dim light.
- Mark water faucets clearly with "hot" and "cold" labels.
- Replace faucet handles with easy-to-use levers.