Bath safety is essential for people of all ages, from toddlers to the elderly. The bathroom is the most dangerous room in the house, with slippery surfaces that are easy to fall on and sharp corners where someone can hit their head. Because bath safety is so important to prevent falls and allow seniors to main their independence, a wide variety of bath safety products are available to provide stability and assistance when needed. With the right bath safety aids in place, the most dangerous room in the house can become one of the safest.
One of the keys to bathroom safety is balance. By maintaining your balance, you are less likely to slip or trip and can prevent catastrophic falls. A properly installed grab bar such as the Moen SecureMount Grab Bar can provide balance assistance exactly where the user needs it. For optimum safety, it is best to have a handy man install the bath or shower grab bar for you. For a more temporary solution that does not require permanent installation but still provides the same level of balance and a safe place to grab on to that you need, the Portable Suction Grab Bar is a great bath safety device that can be removed and taken with you when needed. You can also affix a bath tub grab bar to side of the tub for extra balance when stepping over the edge of the bathtub or you can use a vertical bar such as the HealthCraft Advantage Rail. If you are concerned about the appearance of your bathroom in addition to bath safety, the Invisia Collection offers a wide variety of attractive bath safety grip handle options that, at first glance, do not appear to be safety devices. To ensure that your bathroom is as safe as possible, a wide variety of bath safety grab bar options are available to suit your individual needs without the need to extensively modify your bathroom.
In addition to grab bars, bath safety for seniors can be achieved by using a transfer bench for to get in and out of the bathtub. Having to step over the side of the bathtub can make it difficult for the elderly to stay balanced, even with a grab bar in place. Transfer benches such as the Carex Universal Transfer Bench allow you to sit down outside of the tub, and then slide across the seat into the stall to shower. Sliding transfer benches are also available if you have difficulty sliding. If the look of your bathroom is just as important as bath safety, the Moen Transfer Bench makes an attractive addition to virtually any bathroom.
If you have a shower stall with little to no ledge, and don't find transferring in and out to be difficult, a shower chair can help make bathing easier while providing an additional level of bath safety. Available in multiple styles, including with or without backrests and with or without arms, shower seats can help prevent fatigue while bathing and provide a comfortable place to sit and enjoy your shower. Essentially shower chairs are designed for both bath safety and comfort. If you are concerned about how the shower chair will affect your bathroom's appearance, the Pollenex Teakwood Corner Spa Bench and the Invisia Collection SerenaSeat both are designed with bath safety in mind without the clinical appearance found in most shower chairs and bath seats. Keep in mind that while shower chairs are designed for bath safety, they should always be accompanied by at least one properly installed grab bar.
The ultimate and most effective type of bath safety equipment, a walk-in bathtub is not only a great bath safety aid, but also very comfortable and relaxing to use. Walk-in bathtubs are sized to replace your existing bath or shower stall and can be easily installed by a handyman or plumber. The bath tubs offer a variety of safety and convenience features including integrated grab bars, hand-held shower sprayers, heated seating, and textured floors to help prevent slips and falls.
Fall prevention is important, especially for the elderly. Each year, thousands of seniors die from falls that could have been prevented from products such as bath safety aids. With its slippery surfaces and sharp corners, the bathroom is the most dangerous room in the house for falls. Ensure the safety of you and your loved ones when you buy and install the right bath safety products for your home.
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