STAYING SAFE IN THE BATHROOM
Bathroom falls are the most common ACC claim for older people but it’s easy to stand up to this risk as many falls can be prevented.
Simple adjustments can reduce your chances of falling. Being confident on your feet and having a plan just in case you do fall are important as a fall, or even the fear of falling, can set off a vicious cycle that starts with less activity, which decreases muscle strength and balance, and thereby increases the risk of falling.
Changing your environment to work better for your health and safety is not as daunting as it sounds as most falls happen at home, which is where you have greatest control. Identifying potential hazards in your bathroom is the obvious place to start; use the Bathroom and Toilet Safety Checklist to conduct a comprehensive hazard assessment.
If you’ve identified hazards or are in the process of having a rebuild, thinking about renovating your bathroom, or just want some general advice, contact our Field Officer. She can write a referral to Occupational Therapy at the hospital.
BATHROOM AND TOILET SAFETY CHECKLIST
- Can you get on and off the toilet easily?
- Can you get in and out of the bath or shower without holding on to a rail?
- Are there handrails in the bath and shower?
- Are there slip resistant mats in the bathroom?
- Can you reach your soap, shampoo and towel easily?
- Is the walkway to the bathroom and toilet well lit?