For many people, losing one’s ability to maintain a safe lifestyle could mean losing their independence. The bathroom is a dangerous place. Falls are the second-leading cause of unintentional death in homes and communities, resulting in more than 25,000 fatalities in 2009 according to the National Safety Council.
The risk of falling, and fall-related problems, rises with age and is a serious issue. A study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that many elderly people did not know the difference between a towel bar and a grab bar. Using a towel bar for balance is dangerous as it is not installed to hold a person’s weight and could collapse. The study also found that many older adults have unsafe strategies of getting into and out of their shower or tub. The participants would plop onto a seat or hit the tub or shower threshold with their legs as they were entering, which causes severe imbalance issues.
The study suggested replacing shower doors with shower curtain to prevent using doors for stability, writing out instructions for how to properly use grab bar versus towel bars, and educating older adults about shower and bathtub safety, specifically showing them safe and unsafe ways to climb into and out of a bathtub or shower.
Unique Home Solutions recognizes this danger and offers a variety of solutions for the handicapped and older population. Unique can convert your current bath tub and shower combination into a walk-in shower, or a barrier-free shower that allows a wheel chair to roll into. There is also a walk-in bath tub option. This bath tub allows a person to step in and sit down safely because there are a number of grab bars to grasp onto for balance. Plus, this walk in tub allows a person to sit at a normal height rather than at floor level making it easier to get up.
The video below highlights the benefits of our walk-in safety tubs. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call our office or submit an e-mail, we would love to help.