Slipping and falling in the bathroom can be quite a worry for the older generation, especially if they have just had an operation or are becoming less mobile. There are thousands of reported injuries in the bathroom each year and four in ten elderly people who move into care homes do so as a result of falls.
To help keep you and your family safe we have compiled a list of tips to prevent bathroom slips and falls.
- Keep the floor clear and clutter free
- If any water splashes on the floor clean it up immediately.
- Make sure that your bathroom is well lit.
- For many people, installing grab handles in the bath or shower area can give that extra support and confidence needed.
- Ensure that the base of the bath or shower has textured anti-slip bath safety stickers covering the area where you stand or step in.
- Be aware that you are very likely to fall when climbing and reaching high places. Avoid placing objects up high.
- Something that many people forget to take into account is that some medications may lead to dizziness, weakness and other side effects which could increase your chances of falling.
- If you have an emergency alarm, keep it close to hand whilst you are in the bathroom.