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Tips for Safety in the Bathroom

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 by morethan

With its slippery and hard surfaces, the bathroom can become one of the most dangerous places for falls in your own home.   Here are some useful tips for keeping you safe in the 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 nonslip 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 nightlight, 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.

More Than Mobility supply a range of bathing and toileting aids so do take a look at our website.

Best Wishes

More Than Mobility

www.morethanmobility.com

Tips to Help Wheelchair Users Transfer Onto The Toilet

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 by morethan
    • Be sure to have the right toilet seat

      An elevated toilet seat is a must in the home.  Transferring becomes much easier as the seat can become the same height as the wheelchair.   Choice of seat heights and with and without arm rests.

        • Move the footrests and lock the wheels

          Locking the wheelchair wheels will provide the most stability for you to manoeuvre and will ensure that your chair does not begin to roll away from you. Find the best position, lock your wheelchair into place then move the footrests out of the way.

            • Remove Clothing Before Transfer

              Most people find that it’s easiest to remove their pants and underwear before transferring out of the wheelchair. Many prefer to move to the edge of their wheelchair, slide their clothing down to their ankles, and then remove the clothing from one ankle in order to spread their legs. It has also been suggested that you may want to forgo underwear altogether, as it can just prolong the process and become quite uncomfortable if it isn’t put back on just right.

                • Use a Sliding Transfer Board

                  A small sliding board, or transfer board, can come in quite handy when moving from your wheelchair to the toilet. The use of a sliding board can make the process flow more smoothly, as well as relieve pain in your chest and shoulder muscles from exertion. These boards can be used in any form of transfer as they are designed to bear the weight of a person moving from places such as their chair to their bed or their chair to the toilet and back.

                  Please feel free to print of the above tips to keep for yourself or if you are a carer to place on the toilet walls.

                  Best Wishes

                  More Than Mobility Team

                  www.morethanmobility.com