When it comes to senior care, the bathroom is one of the most dangerous rooms of the home. Every year thousands of seniors are injured due to falls when using the bathroom, and particularly when bathing. If you are providing senior care services for an aging loved one, you know how important it is to put special measures into place to ensure the safety and well-being of the senior. One of the most important senior care tools available is a safety grab bar.
Safety grab bars installed properly in the bathroom can dramatically reduce the risk of slipping and falling, and therefore help protect your aging loved one from serious, even life-threatening injuries.
Safety grab bars are not just for the shower itself. Depending on the level of mobility issues that your aging loved one deals with on a daily basis, you may want to install these bars at various points throughout the bathroom. Consider installing a grab bar beside the toilet not only to help your aging loved one sit and stand safely, but also to give a point of support when leaning to take a piece of tissue paper.
Of course, grab bars should also be installed in the shower. Though a senior care provider will be a valuable asset in helping an aging adult bathe safely, grab bars offer an additional level of security. A senior is able to use such bars for support when stepping into the tub, lowering himself onto a bathing bench or the floor of the tub and when stepping out. Particularly if your aging loved one is larger than you, having properly installed grab bars can be invaluable for making bathing safe for both of you.
It is important to remember when installing grab bars that these bars must be securely attached to the wall in order to be effective. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully to ensure that your aging loved one does not end up falling and injuring himself as a result of an insecure grab bar. Grab bars are not enough to prevent all slipping. You should also take precautions including applying slip free bath mats in the shower and removing insecure bars, such as towel rods, that your aging loved one may be tempted to grab. These rods are not strong enough to support a person and could bend or break, sending your aging loved one on an unexpected fall.