Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare has launched a new nationwide Fall Prevention and Bathroom Safety Campaign
1 in 3 people over 65 suffer a fall that can cause serious injury, and even death.
Home and Medical support Drive DeVilbiss in their aim to eliminate potentially life changing hazards in the home.
Find below a summary of the key points from their Fall Prevention and Bathroom Safety campaign
According to the NHS, 6 out of 10 falls happen in the home or garden, with one of the most common places to fall being in the bathroom. Wet and slippery surfaces, poor lighting, loose mats and flooring, difficulty stepping over and into a bath or shower all contribute to the problems experienced.
Most importantly though healthcare experts believe the vast majority of falls could be prevented with some fairly modest changes to a person’s lifestyle and home.
NHS recommendations include regular strength and balance exercises, a medication review, a vision test and a home hazard assessment.
In addition a vast range of innovative products are now available that are designed specifically to prevent any fall and make the bathroom a much safer place and recommendations include;
Adding grab bars in and beside the toilet, bath and shower.
Using a non-slip mat in the bath and shower
Installing a toilet safety frame to ensure ease of getting on and off the toilet
Using high-wattage light bulbs in ceiling lights and lamps to improve visibility
Removing clutter, trailing wires and frayed carpets.
Ensuring that the bathroom floor is dry and using non-slip rugs on the bathroom floor.
Avoiding walking on slippery floors in socks or tights.
Avoid wearing loose fitting, trailing clothes that may trip you up.
Making sure towels, soap and shampoo are within easy reach of the sink, bath and shower.
Organising the bathroom so that stretching and bending are kept to a minimum.