For many of us, especially as we get older, our bodies can be weakened by cancer, arthritis, lung disease, strokes, heart disease, (now we have to add Covid 19 to the list) and there's more. More fall victim to something else however, that could be prevented, by putting safety measures into place beforehand. That is FALLS.
Do you know of someone who fell? Broke a hip? Then you know what long-term devastating side effects that can have on someone older or with other underlying health and mobility issues.
Falls are one of the greatest hazards for the aging and elderly. They can affect us personally, or someone we love and care about.
According to a CDC report: Every second of every day an older adult falls. In 2015 alone, more than one in four older adults reported falling and more than 28,000 older adults died as a result of falls—that’s 74 older adults every day. There are simple steps you can take to prevent falls and decrease falls risks. CDC developed the STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries) initiative which includes educational materials and tools to improve fall prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/steadi/patient.html
If you or somebody you know is at risk of falling, be sure to seek out the help of a professional with a comprehensive assessment. Little things can make a big difference. The time to act is before a fall occurs, not after – and one of the prime rooms in the home where most falls occur is in the bathroom - especially when stepping over to get into a tub is harder and riskier - and when you factor in wet slippery surfaces - it becomes even riskier.
Certified Aging in Place Specialists such as Accessible Solutions can help in making your home a safer place by removing some of the more common obstacles that cause falls:
Remove that tub and put in a walk in tub or a beautiful barrier free shower, complete with grab bars and a sturdy fold up seat which holds up to 500 pounds when installed in our plywood reinforced, fiberglass showers which can be designed or styled with upgrades that won’t make your home look like a hospital.
Add specialty safety bars next to your comfort height toilet for added ease in transferring.
Contact us today and we can help you select just what you need to make your bathroom safer and more accessible for yourself and your loved ones. Accessible Solutions is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist who has specialized in handicap accessible and Aging in Place Bathroom Home Remodeling Services for over 25 years throughtout Massachusetts. Contact us today and discuss how we can help you to "Make Your Home Accessible" and Safer.