Bathroom Safety Tips

Archive for November, 2011

Bathroom Safety Tips

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

  At One Stop Mobility we understand how dangerous a bathroom can be for a an elderly person or someone who has mobility problem. We have therefore put together some safety tips that may prevent an elderly person from tripping or falling in the bathrooms.  

The Bath
It is unfortunate but true that most accidents occur when someone is getting in and out of the bath. It is common that once the person is in the bath they may find it difficult getting out. The safest option would be to install a walk in bath however if this is not viable then grab rails, bathboards or even bath lifts can help.
Bathroom Safety Rails
Safety rails or grab rails situated around the bathroom are also a good idea. You can have them around the bath area, shower area and toilet area. When installing these rails make sure they are fitted securely.
 
Bathroom Mat – Not a Good Idea
Bathroom mats in the bathroom can be dangerous as they can move as a person step on them. Rubber bath mats are a good idea in the bath itself but they should be of good quality with good suction cups to prevent the mat from moving.
 
Toilets
Elderly people with knee problems often face problems elevating from the toilet. There are a range of raised toilet seats that can help with this problem. Or a toilet can be fitted with a plinth which actually raises the height of the whole toilet making getting on and off much easier.
Lighting
This may seem obvious but good lighting is essential in a safe bathroom.
Remove Medicines
Sometime elderly people can confuse their medicines especially if they have many to take. Keep them locked away in a safe cupboard. All expired medicines should be thrown away.

Our Safety Tips if your Living Alone

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
Our Safety Tips if your Living Alone
1.    Avoid slippery floors: Use non-slip flooring  in your bathrooms and install grab or safety rails around the bath and shower. Place mats by the front and back doors.
2.     Remove tripping hazards: Don’t leave things lying around, make sure there are no stray electrical cords. Make sure rugs lie flat. /make sure you have good lightening
3.    Use a medical alert system: This can  provide  emergency personnel. Should you need help, simply press a button on the medical alert bracelet or necklace and you’ll be connected with a trained care specialist through the alert system’s intercom. There’s no need to get to a phone.
4.    Get to know your neighbors: You don’t have to be best friends, but if you and your neighbours get to know each other, you’re all more likely to notice when something is awry. Include neighbors on your medical alert system’s emergency contact list.
5.    Test smoke alarms regularly: Make sure you test the batteries on you smoke alarms regularly.
6.    Organize a daily check-in: Ask a friend or family to check in on you daily.
7.    Put items where you can reach them. Climbing to get to items in high places is another common cause of falls.
8.    Put a key box on your door: A lock box allows family members, friends, trusted neighbors and emergency personnel to access your home when you’re unable to get to the door.
9.    Keep lists of medications, allergies and personal information in your wallet or purse incase of an emergency
10.  Take your medical alert system on the road: Your medical alert system is portable. When you travel, take your system with you so you stay protected. Make sure to notify your medical alert provider so they can update your location information