It will come as no surprise to most that of all the rooms in your home, the bathroom is where you are most likely to suffer an injury. Adults aged 65 and older tend to get the most seriously injured in the bathroom, but surprisingly, slips near bathtubs are actually most common among those aged 15 to 24.
That’s why it’s important to take bathroom safety seriously, regardless of your age. Here are a few tips to make sure you’re staying safe in your bathroom.
- Prevent slips by using proper rugs and bath mats.
Don’t use loose, slippery throw rugs in your washroom. Instead, ensure that any rug you use outside of the tub has a slip-resistant backing.
Meanwhile, inside your tub make sure that you have a proper bath mat with grips. For example, our AquaSense Bath Mat with Invigorating Massage Zones covers the full-length of your tub and has over 400 suction cups to make sure that it stays in place. Similarly, our AquaSense Bath Mat with Temperature Indicator has more than 300 suction cups, a textured surface, and can tell you if your bath water is too hot or cold.
It is also important to ensure your tub stays clean – don’t allow slippery soap scum to build up.
- Use grab bars and rails to help you get in and out of the tub safely.
To protect yourself further from slips getting in and out of the tub, install grab bars for extra leverage. There are many options for this, from the simple Quick Suction Grab Bar and Bath Safety Rail, which can be installed without tools, to the more permanent Steel Grab Bars. Which option you go with will depend on your living situation and preferences, but we can help you make the right choice.
- Minimize the amount you need to move around or stay on your feet in the shower.
- Adjust your toilet to the appropriate height for you.
Toilets are built as though one-size-fits-all, but that’s really not the case. You can adjust the height of your toilet, adding 2 inches, 3.5 inches, or 4 inches, to make it easier to sit and stand, as well as add safety rails to your toilet seat.
- Perhaps most importantly, take your time.
Slips are more likely to happen in the bathroom if you’re rushing, so remember to take your time. Safety is an important consideration in the bathroom at any age, so make sure you’ve left yourself enough time to get ready.