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Fall Prevention

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.

The good news is that most of these falls can be prevented.  Be proactive!  With just a few easy fixes, many injuries could be avoided.  Below is a list of bathroom safety tips from the CDC:

- 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.

Plaza Home Care offers a full line of bathroom aides.  Come by and see what's available.


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