Bathroom Safety and Preventing Falls

According to the NHS, 6 out of 10 falls happen in a person’s home or garden, with one of the most common places being in the bathroom.

Slippery surfaces, poor lighting, loose mats, bending to wash and stepping into baths and showers are all factors for the higher number of falls in bathrooms, exacerbated by the necessity to visit the bathroom more frequently, particularly at night.

However healthcare experts also believe the majority of falls can be prevented with some changes to person’s lifestyle and home.

Below are our top 10 tips on preventing falls in your bathroom:

  1. Get rid of throw rugs. These slippery floor coverings are the main cause of household falls. If you just can’t part with them in the bathroom, secure loose rugs with double-faced tape, tacks or slip-resistant backings.
  2. Put non-slip mats in your bathtub and shower to help prevent falls. To combat tripping, secure any loose corners on mats.
  3. Keep the bathroom floor dry, making sure it has no water on it. A weighted shower curtain will help ensure that no water leaks onto the floor.
  4. Place grab bars or grab rails in or around the bathtub, shower and toilet. When installed properly and securely, they’ll help you balance as you stand or sit and give you something to hold on to if you do slip.
  5. Your bathroom should be adequately lit during the day. At night, put a nightlight on the path to the bathroom which comes on when it detects movement. Within the bathroom, use a night light, or install an illuminated switch.
  6. If your toilet seat is low, consider buying a toilet seat extender or a toilet with a higher seat. That way you can get up safely and with less effort.  Also you might want to consider a toilet surrounding frame to go around the toilet to help.
  7. Put a bath board or bench or shower stool in the shower or bathtub. You’ll then have a place to sit when washing and there is less chance of slipping.
  8. Equip your shower with a handheld or adjustable shower head. You can manoeuvre it where you want it, minimizing your movement in the shower. Also, you can use it while sitting safely on your bath seat or bench.
  9. Take your time. The more you rush, the more likely you are to fall.

10. If you struggle with getting in and out of bath then you might want to consider a lightweight bath lift.

At More Than Mobility we have a huge range of bathroom and toileting products available. If you are in need of a new bath, shower or some safety bathing mobility products please visit our website or check out our top five best-sellers:

Suction Grab Bars

12” suction cup grab bars. Grab bars provide stability and support and are commonly fitted in bathrooms and toilets where support while standing sitting or walking is often required. Price £6.99

Shower/Bath Stool

Lightweight, aluminium shower/bath stool.  Portable, height adjustable with anti-slip rubber feet.  Price £22.99

Rubber Shower Mat – Shower Mats

Avoid slip and falls in the shower with the rubber shower mat. Increase safety and confidence inside the shower, or place on the bathroom floor to assist with getting in and out of the bath or shower safely. Price £7.99

Toilet Seat & Frame

Sturdy, height adjustable toilet seat and frame designed to raise height of existing toilet to ease sitting down and standing up.  Non-slip.  Price £32.99

Bath Step

Slip resistant portable bath step that makes getting in and out of the bath easily and safely.  Adds up to 4” to the step.  Price £14.99

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

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