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Do You Know the Hidden Dangers in Your Bathroom?

Do You Know the Hidden Dangers in Your Bathroom?
January is National Bath Safety Month. Follow our senior safety tips for a safer bathroom.

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    • Do You Know the Hidden Dangers in Your Bathroom? JANUARY IS NATIONAL BATH SAFETY MONTH Note: This list is for information only and not a substitute for a consultation with a qualified professional.brought to you by www.griswoldhomecare.com Call 800-GRISWOLD CaringTimes Learn, Celebrate, Advocate.
    • 1 OUT OF 3 PEOPLE OVERAGE 60 HAVE TROUBLEGETTING IN OR OUT OFTHE BATHTUB OR SHOWER,ACCORDING TO A UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN STUDY. TO HELP STEADY THEMSELVES, MANY OLDER ADULTS USE BATHROOM FEATURES LIKECOUNTERS AND TOWEL BARS. BUT IMPROPER USE OF THESE ITEMS CAN CAUSE FALLS, A DANGER NEARLY ONE IN THREE SENIORS EXPERIENCESEVERY YEAR. SOME OF THESE FALLS ARE MINOR, BUT MANY ARE SERIOUS, LEADING TO BROKEN BONES AND LONG-TERM MEDICAL CONDITIONS.THERE ARE NEARLY200,000BATHROOM ACCIDENTS PER YEAR, IN A STUDY OF PEOPLE AGE 72 AND OLDER, THE AVERAGE HEALTH CARE COST OF A FALL INJURY TOTALED $19,440MANY OF THEM PREVENTABLE. WHICH INCLUDED HOSPITAL, NURSING HOME, EMERGENCY ROOM AND HOME HEALTH CARE, BUT NOT DOCTORS’ SERVICES, ACCORDING TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION. brought to you by www.griswoldhomecare.com Call 800-GRISWOLD CaringTimes Learn, Celebrate, Advocate.
    • IN 2010, ACCORDING TOTHE CDC, THE DIRECTMEDICAL COSTS OFFALLS, ADJUSTED FORINFLATION, WAS$30,000,000,000THAT’S THE SAME AMOUNT OF FEDERALRELIEF THAT NEW YORK GOVERNORCUOMO HAS REQUESTED FOR THEDAMAGE CAUSED BY HURRICANE SANDY! brought to you by www.griswoldhomecare.com Call 800-GRISWOLD CaringTimes Learn, Celebrate, Advocate.
    • Are you putting your health indanger by using any of yourbathroom features unsafely? Find out here... brought to you by www.griswoldhomecare.com Call 800-GRISWOLD CaringTimes Learn, Celebrate, Advocate.
    • Towel BarsTOWELS AREN’T BUILT TO SUPPORT MUCH MORETHAN THE WEIGHT OF WELL, A TOWEL.BUT 7O% OF OLDER ADULTS USE SHOWER FEATURESLIKE TOWEL BARS TO HELP STEADY THEMSELVES WHENGETTING OUT OF THE SHOWER OR ONTO THE TOILET. Instead, install grab bars designed to hold your weight. brought to you by www.griswoldhomecare.com Call 800-GRISWOLD CaringTimes Learn, Celebrate, Advocate.
    • Sliding Glass Door THREE-QUARTERS OF OLDER ADULTS WHO USE SHOWER STALLS HANG ON TO THEIR SLIDING GLASS DOORS FOR SUPPORT. Use grab bars instead, or switch to a shower curtain to break yourself of this habit.brought to you by www.griswoldhomecare.com Call 800-GRISWOLD CaringTimes Learn, Celebrate, Advocate.
    • Slippery Surfaces If you feel unsteady in the bathroom, have a professionalSLICK FLOORS install a tension pole betweenAND COUNTERS the floor and ceiling to giveARE FALL you something to hold on to.HAZARDS. Place non-stick mats on shower floors, as well as on the floor in front of the tub or shower stall. brought to you by www.griswoldhomecare.com Call 800-GRISWOLD CaringTimes Learn, Celebrate, Advocate.
    • Bathtub SidesIF YOU HAVE A SHOWER TUB INSTEAD OF A WALK-INSHOWER, YOU HAVE TO STEP OVER THE TUB’S HIGHSIDES EVERY TIME YOU GET IN, INCREASING THERISK THAT YOU’LL LOSE YOUR BALANCE. Consider installing a transfer bench that allows you to get on the seat from outside the tub, and then slide over safely into the tub. brought to you by www.griswoldhomecare.com Call 800-GRISWOLD CaringTimes Learn, Celebrate, Advocate.
    • Poorly-Lit Pathway WHEN YOU GET UP TO USE THE BATHROOM IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, IS YOUR PATHWAY WELL-LIT, OR ARE YOU SHUFFLING TO FIND YOUR WAY?Install a nightlight (or a few) to illuminate yourway to the bathroom and reduce the risk of falls. brought to you by www.griswoldhomecare.com Call 800-GRISWOLD CaringTimes Learn, Celebrate, Advocate.
    • Out-Of-Reach ItemsARE YOUR TOWELS, SOAP,AND SHAMPOO WITHIN Make sure yourEASY REACH, OR DO YOU bathroom itemsHAVE TO CONTORT are easilyYOURSELF TO GET THEM? accessible. brought to you by www.griswoldhomecare.com Call 800-GRISWOLD CaringTimes Learn, Celebrate, Advocate.
    • Low Toilet Seat DO YOU FIND YOURSELF PLOPPING DOWN ONTO THE TOILET? IT MAY BE TOO LOW FOR YOU. Consider purchasing a raised toilet seat to make using the facilities easier and safer. brought to you by www.griswoldhomecare.com Call 800-GRISWOLD CaringTimes Learn, Celebrate, Advocate.
    • Thanks for viewing our presentation! For more valuable home care information and resources visit: GriswoldHomeCare.com/blog © 2013 Griswold International, LLCbrought to you by www.griswoldhomecare.com Call 800-GRISWOLD CaringTimes Learn, Celebrate, Advocate.