Most people take a shower or a bath as part of their daily routine without giving much thought to the dangers involved. You may not realize that it is one of the most dangerous spots for slips and falls. Hundreds of people visit emergency rooms across the nation every day due to a bathtub fall. Additionally, one out of every 3 elderly people over the age of 60 admit to having difficulty getting in and out of the tub.
Since January is National Bath Safety Month, it’s a great time to explore 4 tips for National Bath Safety Month to help keep you and your loved ones safe:
- Install safety bars on the inside wall of the bath as well as on the step-in ledge to assist in getting in and out and having something to hold onto while in the bath. Make sure your grab bars are secured properly. Don’t rely on cheap suction-cup grip bars.
- Install nonslip mats inside the tub or shower. These could be a mat with suction cups on the bottom or nonslip strips that adhere to the bottom of the bath and help create friction from a slippery surface.
- Ensure that the bath water is not too hot. Maintain a temperature that is no hotter than 120 degrees, and more ideally only a couple degrees warmer than the human body. Burns occur in the elderly when they are unable to move out of extremely hot water.
- Use a rubber faucet cover on potentially dangerous metal faucets and use proper shower chairs or other equipment to help stay safe while sitting in the tub.
Some decide to go the extra step and get rid of the tub all together by turning it into a shower only with a shower chair. If you have the funds and the ability, it may be time to consider installing a walk-in tub for even more assurance of safety.
Regency Home Care in Atlanta can help keep your loved one safe while getting into, out of and taking a bath safely. Contact us for more information on private duty care in Atlanta to find a partner in care to help with the many aspects of caring for your elderly loved one.
Proper personal care and bathing of the elderly helps to meet their personal hygiene needs. Members of the family who provide regular care can get the service of Atlanta caregivers. We offer skilled caregivers who have advanced training and understand safety issues that the elderly experience and are able to provide in-home care options. Trust the superb training and support of the trained and caring staff at Regency Home Care.