When you’re in the shower or the tub the last thing you should have to worry about is your safety. Still, slipping and falling has become a real danger to those age 65 and older. While most slips don’t result in serious injury, when they do occur the result is most often a contusion or bone fracture that can lead to more medical expenses. For anyone who has mobility or balance issues, shower and bath tub safety is not something that can be left to chance.
The most basic of shower and tub safety items is the tub mat. Anchored to the surface of your tub by super-sticky suction cups, the mat provides a solid surface for you to stand on or place a shower bench or stool on. But in order to use the full benefits of your tub mat, you have to first get into your shower or tub safely.
Whether you’re entering or exiting your shower or tub, grabbing on to non-secure surfaces such as a toilet seat, glass sliding doors or towel bars can is unsafe. Installing a bath or shower grab bar that is securely fastened to the wall or the tub itself drastically increases your safety when getting in or out of the tub or shower.
Another safety product that you should consider if you have been having trouble keeping stable while in the shower is a shower bench or stool. Instead of standing and being at risk for slipping on the slick floor of the shower, shower benches and stools put you in a safer sitting position while you shower. Coming in a variety of sizes and with or without backs, these benches and stools feature gripping leg tips and are made to be durable even under the wettest of conditions.
When your mobility and/or balance is impaired, even the simplest of tasks can seem daunting. You shouldn’t be afraid of using your shower or tub, and shower and tub safety products from New England Surgical can help create a safer atmosphere in your bathroom.