23 Jun SAFETY IN THE BATHROOM
The smallest area in your home could be the most hazardous of them all. We’ve gathered some information to give light on this matter. Here’s a statistic we got from Best Bath: Queensland (Australia) Injury Surveillance Unit: www.qisu.org.au/:
“Older people(65 and older) typically have greater difficulties with mobility, vision and balance making them more likely to fall or slip which accounted for 79% of bathroom injuries for this demographic,”
“Over a third of the elderly required hospital admission following a bathroom incident. It can be estimated that every year at least 10 older Queenslanders will die from falls in their bathrooms, demonstrating that prevention of these types of injuries will both save lives and improve quality of life.”
What you can do to prevent injuries in the bathroom:
- Ensure the bath or shower has non-skid mats to assist with safety from falling on slippery surfaces.
- Check the towel rails and the soap dish in the shower and bath are made of durable materials and are firmly installed.
- Check the bathroom has even lighting without glare.
- The light switch should be located near the door of the bathroom.
- The bathroom door should open outward to prevent being trapped should a fall occur in the vicinity of the doorway.
- Ensure the bathroom has a safe supplemental heat source and ventilation system.
- If possible, install power outlets are ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) that protect against electric shock in the bathroom.
- Consider having grab bars installed on the walls by the bath and toilet.