Here are some facts to consider! Falls are the leading cause of injury among older Canadians.
20-30% of seniors experience one or more falls each year.
Falls are the cause of 85% of seniors’ injury-related hospitalizations.
Falls are the cause of 95% of all hip-fractures.
50% of all falls causing hospitalization happen at home.
Bathroom Tips to help prevent slips & falls
There are a few common sense things you can do in your washroom to reduce the risk of falling that you may want to consider.
- Ensure that you have non-slip surfaces in the tub or shower. Most of us have this but in case you haven’t you may want to consider it.
- Install grab bars by the toilet and bath to help you sit and stand. Make sure they are well anchored not just held up by a couple of screws in the drywall!
- You might consider using a raised toilet seat, and a bath seat in the shower, if you think they may help you.
- Wipe up moisture or spills immediately to prevent slipping.