In their most recent study, the CDC found that 66% of bathroom injuries occur in the tub or the shower. The majority of these injuries stem from “slips and falls” while showering or bathing. Simple modifications to the bathroom such as adding bathroom safety equipment can keep you or a loved one safe in Idaho Falls, ID.
One of the most easy to install, yet most beneficial, aides are grab bars. These bars come in a variety of lengths and installation methods to suit all needs. Common places bars are found are next to the toilet, inside and just outside the shower.
For those who need further assistance accessing the tub or the shower a transfer bench may be needed. These benches allow one to sit down outside of the tub and then slide the chair across the raised edge of the tub and into the tub/shower. They are designed to allow the user to shower while remaining seated on the transfer bench.
For those who have walk-in showers or are able to navigate getting into the tub, shower chairs and stools offer a safe and sturdy place to rest while showering. When coupled with grab bars, these aides safely increase the user’s independence while protecting their dignity.
Those with mobility issues may have trouble standing from a sitting position. This can be especially difficult when using the toilet. Elevated toilet seats decrease the distance users have to sit and the extra height makes standing easier. Some models come with handles to increase support. Other simple items to consider include nonslip floor mats, nightlights and motion activated nightlights and a handheld shower head.
If you feel that you or a loved one needs further support to stay safe, look to Alpine as your bathroom safety store. Call one of our stores today or browse our selection of daily living aides online.