You might be surprised to find out that bathrooms are the most dangerous room in your home. Of all the accidents that occur in homes each year, 70% occur in the bathroom. Falls in the bathroom are the second leading cause of accidental death and disability after automobile accidents in the US today. Slips and falls account for more than 20,000 fatalities per year in North America alone. 75% of the yearly deaths and injuries from falling in the bathroom occur to people who are 65 years of age or older. Fortunately there are many new, easy to use, and easy to install products that can keep you or your loved ones safe.
One of the simplest and yet most effective safety devices you can put in your home is a grab bar. It simply attaches to the wall with screws or by other means and provides a secure hand grip for anyone who needs a little extra support. Installing grab bars throughout the bathroom and shower and even throughout the home of an elderly person can sometimes provide them with extra years of independence and safety.
Getting in and out of the bathtub or shower is a major issue for both elderly people and caregivers who care for disable adults. Now there is a new device that can help with transfers. Instead of the old fashioned transfer bench where you need to transfer in the bath area now the transfer can be done by the bedside only. A rolling commode chair pulls next to your bed and rolls over into the bath area where it connect and transfers into a shower or bath.
These transfer systems are padded, rolls over the toilet and can be installed without and tools. It makes it great for someone who has a temporary disability or maybe where remodeling is not an option.