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Falls and Seniors

Has your father or mother mentioned that they are having trouble getting out of the tub or that they slipped getting in or out of the bathtub? Maybe they have stopped bathing and only shower now because they are afraid to fall or get stuck. This is a common problem and one that many people wish they had taken action sooner.

The older you get, the worse a fall can be on your body. According to the Centers for Disease Control, falls are the leading cause of accidental death among seniors and a frequent cause of nursing home admissions.  When an older person falls, they are prone to broken and fractured hips along with other bones which become much more brittle with age. Older people often have osteoporosis and other bone-degenerating conditions which affect the ability of the body to heal properly. A bad fall can have devastating consequences, like putting the person permanently in a wheelchair or long-term brain injury or death.

The area where the majority of the falls occur are is in the washroom, mainly in the bathtub because the bottom of the tub gets slippery when wet. If it’s possible, replacing the bathtub with an accessible bathtub for the elderly would be the best solution to eliminate falls. There are many accessible bathtubs available from walk-in to safer and more accessible slide-in models. You should also consider adding grab bars and non-slip surfaces to the bathroom.

The bathroom is one of the most important areas to renovate in the home to prevent life-changing accidents. Falls are a very big deal for an elderly person with brittle bones; it is well worth it to take every available precaution to avoid them. Don’t wait until it is too late to take action.

March 20th: The Aquassure showroom has closed due to COVID-19. At this time we are still able to ship orders and our shipping/receiving staff are doing their best during limited hours to make sure your orders arrive as fast as possible. If you are local to us and looking to pick up your order, we are doing curbside pickup only at this time by appointment. Please call 250-868-1220 to schedule that. Our phone lines are answered by our answering service who e-mail and text our cell phones with your messages. We will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience!