Bathroom Safety Month

I bet you didn’t know that January is National Bath Safety month. Pretty sure this isn’t common knowledge, however it is very important. According the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention an estimated 235,000 people ages 15 and over end up in the emergency room for bathroom related injuries. The likelihood of a bathroom related injury increases with age.

 

The question you may be asking right now is “why is the bathroom so dangerous?” Most people don’t think twice when getting ready in the bathroom in the morning. We usually go about our daily routines without much thought. Most injuries happen when getting out of the shower or bathtub. Also, with increased age getting on and off the toilet can become increasingly difficult.

 

So now that you know your bathroom can turn into a modern day torture device, what can you do to prevent injuries?

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  • Put rubber suction cup mats in your bathtub or shower.
  • Use a non slip bath mat outside your shower or bathtub.
  • Use a shower bench when bathing.
  • Keep the outside of the shower dry.
  • For toilet safety, have someone raise the toilet seat. It can help prevent falls.
  • Have safety bars installed for the toilet and bathtub. Never use towel racks on the wall because they won’t be able to support your weight. 

Sometimes your health insurance or Medicare will pay for these devices. If you have any questions about bathroom safety, talk to your doctor. Your doctor may be able to refer you to someone to assess your bathroom and safety.