While many expert conducted studies have managed to prove that around one fourth of American elders experience many bathroom falls every year with one senior dying from it every nineteen minutes and one senior being hospitalized due to call injuries every eleven seconds. This is a very high ratio and it requires utmost attention if we want to put a stop to it. This is why we must all understand just how important it is to make our bathrooms safe for elders and less mobile people who might be using the bathrooms along with is. It really is not a very hard task to change your bathroom in a manner that will benefit the elderly, it is actually quite an easy and inexpensive task to do. You can start by attaching railings on the bathroom floor and near the toilet and tub as well; you can make sure the toilet is accessible and is high raised so they can use it easily; you can make sure the floor uses non slip mats to prevent slipping and the list goes on! But what are the benefits elders gain from doing this?
One major reason why we must make our bathrooms senior safe is because it manages to reduce the high risk of injuries. From simply placing bathroom grab rails along the walls and near the toilet and the bathtub, you are making sure that they are able to get up and move with support this reducing the risk of falling. Keep in mind that falls and accidents inside a bathroom can be quite fatal to a senior citizen! Even the use of a couple of slip mats can greatly reduce the risk of falling as a lot of seniors tend to slip on wet bathroom floors a lot.
In a bathroom that has no fold up shower seat or railings placed on the walls for people to grab a hold of, it is going to very very hard for a senior to use. They are going to have to exert a lot of effort in order to simply sit on the toilet seat and get back up. This is will be even harder if they do not have anyone for support with them. So think about this fact and make changes in your own bathroom. An old persons body does not have the strength and ability as we do and even showering might be a very hard task to do while standing up, make the necessary changes and make it easier for them!
If we put elderly people aside for a minute, not a lot of young adults or middle aged people would like walking in to a bathroom that makes them feel uneasy or uncomfortable in any way. This is exactly how elderly people might feel when they have to use a bathroom that is not adjusted to their needs. Apart from making them very uncomfortable, it can even be a painful experience for them sometimes!