At one time or another we have all stepped into the shower, felt our foot give way and grabbed the nearest thing to avoid falling. As we pant with adrenaline and relief, if you’re like me, you wonder, what would have happened if I had fallen? According to News USA, one in three seniors over the age of 65 fall each year. 80% of these falls occur in the bathroom. Due to the mass amount of unforgiving slippery surfaces, it is no doubt that bathrooms are a hazardous place in our homes.
For seniors living independently, a fall in the shower can pose a real threat. Twenty to thirty percent of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries such as lacerations, hip fractures, and head traumas. These injuries can make it hard to get around or live independently, and increase the risk of early death.2 With no one nearby and no way to call for help, what do you do? If you had Life Alert, you wouldn’t have to answer that question. Life Alert’s weightless, waterproof medical alarm pendant allows you to wear the lanyard in the shower around your neck or wrist! If you fall just push the button located on your pendant and receive emergency medical attention fast! Rubber ducky can’t help you, but Life Alert can!
One of the most effective and easy ways to lessen your risk of falling is to exercise regularly. Ask your doctor about exercises specifically designed to improve your balance and mobility. Low impact exercises such as yoga are great for seniors and can aid in strengthening your stability. Another step you can take to safeguard your bathroom is to install non-slip rubber mats. This cost effective and simple bathroom fix can help your feet feel more secure.
Place one in your tub/shower, in front of the toilet and in front of the sink. Also the addition of grab bars can be extremely helpful when stepping in and out of the shower. You can also place one next to the toilet to help ease the difficulty of sitting down and standing up. Installing brighter lights can help with your vision and your ability to see things more clearly. Replace any dim bulbs for more lit bathroom. All of these additions can help to make your bathroom a safer place where you can finally relax.
If you enjoy good hygiene, avoiding your shower isn’t much of an option. Need not to worry though—with these tips you can be sure that your bathroom can become the safe haven it is supposed to be and with the addition of Life Alert you can feel secure in knowing emergency medical attention is only the push of a button away. Whether you take your shower in the morning, afternoon or evening, Life Alert is available 24/7! So tell rubber ducky he is off duty and Life Alert is your new shower buddy! Call 1-800-513-2934 for a free brochure on Life Alert’s many lifesaving services!
1. “Preventing Senior Falls Starts in the Bathroom.” NewsUSA. <http://www.newsusa.com/articles/article/preventing-senior-falls-starts-in-the-bathroom.aspx>.
2. “Falls Among Older Adults: An Overview.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. <http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultfalls.html>.