10 Ways to Prevent Bathroom Injuries | January is National Bath Safety Month

Safety Precautions to Avoid Bathroom Injuries

January is National Bath Safety Month—and for good reason. Nearly 3% of non-fatal injuries of people over 65 occur in the bathroom. The majority of these are due to falls. In fact, 81% of bathroom-related injuries are from falling. In a study by the Centers for Disease Control, the highest rate of injuries happened when taking a bath, taking a shower, or getting out of the tub/shower. To help ensure the safety of your older loved ones for years to come as they age in their home, these safety elder care measures will help:

1. Install grab bars at key points in the bath/shower area and toilet

2. Use a shower chair or transfer bench in the tub

3. Install a hand-held shower head for ease of use when sitting

4. Add non-slip strips or a bath mat to the shower or tub floor

5. Place a non-slip bath mat directly outside the tub or shower

6. Transform an old bathtub to a walk-in shower with grab bars and a shower seat

7. Place a raised toilet seat on the toilet, along with handle bars for stability

8. Place a motion-sensing night light in the bathroom for increased visibility

9. Install a walk-in tub with a low threshold

10. Set the hot water heater temperature to 120 degrees F to prevent scalding