WHAT MAKES THE BATHROOM SO DANGEROUS?
Why do so many more falls and injuries happen in the bathroom? The dangerous nature of the bathroom has to do with the environment and the associated physical tasks that are performed there.
- Most falls occur while seniors are transferring in and out of the bathtub, shower, or getting on and off the toilet.
- The bathroom is typically a smaller space, which means the likelihood of hitting a head, arm, or hip increases.
- Bathrooms have hard surfaces and flooring which contributes to the higher risk of serious injury.
- Showering and bathing causes hard surfaces to become slippery. Slipping is the number one reason for falling in the bathroom.
- Toilet seats are often too low, contributing to the difficulty of sitting and standing and causes one to lose their balance.
- Rugs are one of the most commonly used items in a bathroom and can cause a loved one to slip or trip and fall.
- The bathroom is riddled with unstable objects such as hampers, shower curtains, and towel rods that might be wrongly used for balance and support.