In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report showing the statistics of Americans getting injured even while just using their bathroom. The numbers involved 235,000 people over the age of 15, 14% of which were hospitalized. A little worried? Don’t fret. You can avoid becoming a part of the growing statistics by putting in place safety precautions.
Make your bathtub/shower user-friendly
If it’s an elderly loved one who will be using it, there are walk-in bathtubs for seniors that you can purchase. As for the regular users, you may purchase a rubber suction-grip mat for the tub or shower floor. For support, you can also employ the services of a carpenter to install grab bars in and around the tub or shower. Grab bars are helpful especially for seniors. It will help them get in and out of the shower or tub safely.
Do something about your flooring
If you have no budget for new flooring, you can purchase non-skid bath rugs. You may also purchase slip-resistant tiles, rubber, or vinyl flooring.
Purchase toilets that have higher heights
Most people would have an issue with toilets that are way too low for them to use. Those with a back problem or suffering from lower body problems may complain of using your toilet. Standard toilets have the height of 14 to 16 inches. You may replace it with an ADA compliant toilet that has a height that ranges from 17 to 19 inches.
Fix your lighting
Incidents can also occur in areas that are not well lighted. So, you may need to check your bathroom lighting. If you have a senior around the house, you may have it replaced with a brighter one. To decrease the costs of lighting on your electricity bill, you may install a nightlight.
Don’t wait until an accident happens inside your bathroom. Make it a less hazardous place-to-be inside your home.