Did you know that one in four older Americans falls every year? Falls are the leading cause of injury for people aged 65 and older. And even falls without a major injury can cause an older adult to become fearful or depressed, making it difficult for them to stay active. Reducing the risk of falling is a great way to stay healthy and independent for as long as possible.
One of the steps you can take to help you or a loved one reduce your risk of a fall is a walk-through safety assessment of your home. The three biggest concerns are lighting, stairs, and bathrooms. It is important to increase lighting throughout your home, especially at the top and bottom of stairs. Provide two secure rails on all stairs for added safety. In the bathroom, installing grab bars in the tub/shower and using a shower chair and hand-held shower are the simplest ways to make the room more secure.
At Home Performance Alliance we take that a step further by helping clients design the ideal bath for safely aging in place. Converting the tub to a shower significantly lowers the risk of a fall, as stepping over high tub walls can be difficult for the elderly, and people with stiff joints or injuries. Our low barrier, easy access showers have slip-resistant floors. Grab-bars are installed for maximum safety and at the perfect level for each client’s comfort. Shower seats, foot rests, and hand helds help provide ease of bathing for years to come. The best part is it’s all customizable to suit individual styles, tastes and needs.
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