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15 October 2012

How to prevent injuries in the bathroom

It isn’t easy for some of us to get around our bathrooms for fear of slipping on something wet, or struggling to get into our showers.

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It isn’t easy for some of us to get around our bathrooms for fear of slipping on something wet, or struggling to get into our showers.  

If you find it difficult to manoeuvre your way around the bathroom without a constant battle, then there are simple solutions:

Install a grab bar

Not many people think how important grab bars can be to your welfare. In the unfortunate event of a trip or slip in your bathroom, having grab bars to support you could prevent a serious accident

Install a lift

Sometimes a nice soak in the bath is just what you need after a long day. However, it isn’t so easy for those who struggle to get in and out of the bath. Grab bars are fantastic for this kind of situation, but for those who have less mobility, installing a lift for your bath would be useful.

Brighter lights

Having dim lights can set the mood, tone and feel of your bathroom, however despite this being aesthetically pleasing, it might not be the safest option. If you struggle to see, or are prone to accidents, having brighter lights in your bathroom may prevent quite a few incidents. For night-time visits to the bathroom this could ultimately be a life saver.

Install a walk-in shower

If you struggle to get in and out of the bath, installing a walk-in shower may be just the solution to prevent trips or slips. There are many different types of walk-in showers, which won’t ruin the look or feel of your bathroom.

Remove clutter

Clutter can be a serious cause of accidents anywhere in the home. However when considering your welfare in the bathroom, the removal of clutter is incredibly important. Loose towels, rugs, shampoo bottles or magazines are a selection of items found in the bathroom that can be a hazard. Keeping your bathroom floor clutter free is an easy, but effective, solution to save injuries.

(Press release, Alice Lawson, More ability, October 2012) 

(Picture: Modern bathroom from Shutterstock)

 

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