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Insights from Kerr Medical
The bathroom can be a dangerous place for seniors. It's filled with hard materials, sharp edges, and often slippery surfaces. A study from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) shows that 80 percent of falls among seniors older than 65, happen in the bathroom. According to research from the National Council for Aging Care, every 11 seconds, an older adult receives treatment in the ER for a fall.
Fortunately, devices and mechanisms are available to make bathrooms safer for elderly adults and patients.
Watch Out for these Problem Areas in Bathrooms
Anyone can slip and fall in a bathroom, but a senior with poor balance or diminishing muscle strength faces a higher risk.
Activities that can lead to a fall include the following:
Areas within a bathroom that can increase the chances of an injury if not appropriately installed are:
Products that Improve Bathroom Safety
The team at Kerr Medical compiled this list of products that will improve your seniors' safety in the bathroom.
Additional Tips to Keep Bathrooms Safe for Seniors
If you're caring for an elderly parent or patient, you can improve bathroom safety by:
Contact Kerr Medical for Information About Bathroom Safety
With high-quality bathroom safety products from our catalog, you can help your senior parent or patient avoid becoming a U.S. slip-and-fall statistic. Call our team at 888.254.3444 or contact us online with questions. We're here to help improve the lives of our customers.