Bathroom

 

Getting in/out of the tub/shower

Risk Factors Prevention
  • Slippery floor surfaces
  • Lack of supportive handholds
  • Towels or slippery rugs on floor
  • Stepping from tub/shower onto slippery surfaces
  • Grab bars with color contrast
  • Non-slip mats/decals/strips on floor, in tub and shower
  • Shower chairs/transfer benches
  • Wall-attached soap/shampoo dispenser

 

Using the toilet

Risk Factors Prevention
  • Nighttime toileting
  • Poor lighting
  • Hurrying to toilet
  • Toilet grab bars (bars that attach to toilet preferrable to wall-attached bars for elders with good arm strength
  • Toilet riser (to make it easier for elders with decreased arm strength to stand up)
  • Nightlights on and outside bathroom
  • Bedside commode
  • Good lighting between bed and bathroom

 

Walking About

Risk Factors Prevention
  • Slippery floor surfaces
  • Slippery hand-support surfaces (top of sink)
  • Towel bars used for balance support
  • Poor lighting (especially at night)
  • Bathroom door opens inward (difficult to access fallen elder)
  • Non-slip tiles/rugs
  • Clear, non-slip tape
  • Replace towel bars with grab bars (color contrast)
  • Increase general and task lighting
  • Bathroom door opens outwards or install sliding pocket door
  • Remove door locks
  • Remove all throw rugs and wiring from walkway
  • If plumbing allows, add hand-held shower

Other Areas of Fall Prevention

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