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National Bath Safety Month: Time to Take Action

Posted on: December 31st, 2012 by Knueppel HealthCare Services No Comments

If you’ve been putting off making changes to your bathroom or to the bathroom of an elderly relative, it’s time to take action. January is National Bath Safety Month and a great time to secure a potentially dangerous environment. Nearly 200,000 people are injured annually in the bathroom, with the most common bathroom accidents being slips and falls.

 

Specialty bath safety products can help injury-proof your bathroom and keep you safe from painful falls and accidents. Here are some ideas:

  • Bath/ Shower mats
  • Bath/ Shower seats and chairs
  • Bathtub transfer benches
  • Floor-to-ceiling safety poles
  • Fold-down shower seats
  • Grab bars: tub and wall mount
  • Hand-held shower systems
  • Raised toilet seats with handles
  • Roll-in and portable showers
  • Shower commode chairs

 

If you need quality and function and you want ergonomic, design-friendly and aesthetically-pleasing fixtures to conceal the functional need, Knueppel HealthCare Services can help. Visit one of our convenient locations to see our fully equipped bathroom display.

 

Sometimes safety products alone are not enough; you need bathroom modifications to live independently at home. Today many of our elderly are experiencing mobility and strength limitations but are determined to age in place in the comfort and familiarity of their own home. Bathroom modifications promote safe, easy access and increase independence and functional ability for the elderly and people living with disabilities. Whether you need grab bars or a showerhead installed, a walk-in tub installation or doors widened, we can help you.

 

Knueppel HealthCare Services is CEAC certified, ACHC accredited and a member of Accessible Home Improvement of America.

 

Bathroom Safety Tips

(Adapted from the Home Safety Council)

  • Fall prevention
  • Have a grab bar by the bathtub and shower.
  • Have a grab bar or safety rails by the toilet.
  • Put non-slip strips in your tub or shower.
  • Have a bath mat with a non-skid bottom next to the tub and shower.
  • Keep the bathroom floor clean and dry.
  • Use nightlights in hallways and bathrooms.

 

General Precautions

  • Don’t let young children use the sink or tub without help. When children are in the tub, stay close enough to touch them.
  • Know the things in your bathroom that are poisons. Look at the labels for the words “Caution,” “Warning,” “Danger,” “Poison” or “Keep out of Reach of Children” on the box or bottle.
  • Keep all medicines and cleaning products in the containers they came in. Keep labels on them.
  • All your medicines and cleaning products should have child safety caps.
  • All medicines, cosmetics and cleaning supplies should be locked in a cabinet.
  • Set your water heater at 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

We all know these are the right things to do, but some of us haven’t gotten around to doing them yet. January is the month – National Bath Safety Month – to stop putting off the improvements you know will make your life, and the lives of your loved ones, safer. We can help make it happen.

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