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

We started working with Right at Home about a month ago to provide services for my mother who has Alzheimer's and to provide support to my father (her primary caregiver) six days a week. So far we have had an excellent experience. The caregivers are supportive, caring people and have given my Dad a much deserved break as well as providing knowledgeable care for my Mom. I have also been impressed with the structures and processes put in place to insure that we get consistent, reliable care. Our relationship with Right at Home is still new but we couldn't be happier.

Susan

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