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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that
injuries caused by trips and falls are climbing at an enormous rate. In
2014, the number of deaths from trips and falls almost equaled the
number of deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents. The fact is, many of
these trips and falls are caused by preventable circumstances.
To reduce the probability of such injuries and potential deaths, some basic precautions can be taken in and out of the home.
Eliminate Hidden Hazards
TRIPS. Many trips and falls are caused by small,
preventable items in the home that are, in most cases, simply
overlooked. A thorough walk through the home may reveal such items.
Throw rugs can be a cause for a trip or fall because many removable rugs
can easily slide on a hard surface, or can ball up and create a trip
hazard. Electrical cords that are strung across a walking path, or that
run along the wall unsecured, can also create a hazard. Eliminating
these few items can significantly reduce the number of fall and trip
hazards in a home.
FALLS. Two common places for falls are in the
bathroom and the bedroom. Bathroom falls can occur in several different
areas: tub or shower (tripping and falling), getting on and off the
toilet, drying off or dressing. Bedroom falls often occur while getting
in and out of bed, dressing or reaching for something in a closet or
Having sufficient grasping surfaces in the bathroom can aid in
preventing falls. There are products available that can add a handsome
design element, as well as help to prevent falls in the bathroom. Check
out some of the innovative bathroom aids from Savon Medimart, like grab bars and bath/shower benches.
In the bedroom, having sufficient support next to the
bed can also help to dramatically reduce falls. A firm, stable surface
for sitting while dressing is also vital. Savon Medimart has an under the mattress bed rail that provides a sturdy grasp for aiding at getting in and out of the bed.
Evaluate the Entire Home - Inside and Outside
Too often, even an awareness of the potential for trips and falls, as
well as preparation for aging at home, is incomplete because of an
inability to identify all of the common hazards. check online for worksheets or checklists
can often help to completely evaluate a home; however, even phone apps are available
to make sure you do not miss anything during an evaluation.
Many trips and falls are caused by external areas of egress in and out
of the home. Even in the nicest of weather conditions, the threshold and
stairs of house can pose tripping hazards—coming or going—and may cause
a fall. Products designed to reduce the trips on steps can very much
assist in eliminating falls in a home. Sufficient hand rail height on stairs and deck railings, stair tread width and depth are important. When walking on uneven ground and terrain, the assist of a cane or walker/rollator can help prevent falls.
Expect the Expected
As baby boomers age, few like to truly admit that they are getting
older and are starting to lose mobility. Studies show, however, that
though aging can increase the risk of trips and falls, these occurrences
can affect anyone at any age and ability. Recognizing the potential for trips and falls even from seemingly
able-bodied people shows the increased need to develop a safe approach
to the prevention of these incidents.
A low threshold makes entering the shower easier, and a built-in shower seat is more streamlined than a plastic shower chair.
of smart seniors and baby boomers are thinking about how to remain in
their homes longer, effectively aging-in-place well into their advanced
years. They know that remodeling a key functional space such as the
bathroom can help make their lives simpler and more comfortable.
Increasingly, younger homeowners planning a remodel are also thinking
about ways to make the space work better for themselves, their children
and their aging parents.
Mention accessible bathroom design, however, and most people think of
sterile, hospital-like fixtures and cold, institutional spaces. The
good news is accessible bathrooms for people of all ages and abilities
can also be beautiful—it is part of a concept known as universal design.
The secret to a successful bathroom is to blend beauty and
functionality seamlessly by integrating universal design features into a
thoughtful layout. Many of these features can work without having to
expand a bathroom’s square footage or move plumbing. Following are 10
ideas for products and design tricks that can help a bathroom meet any
1. Visual cues and good lighting
To help with diminished depth perception and weakened eyesight—or for
anyone with impaired vision—consider using contrasting colors for key
areas such as countertops, showers and toilet zones. Consider adding
sconces or other lighting on either side of the vanity mirror to help
eliminate shadows and glare. Make sure you have adequate lighting in the
shower, and make the most of any natural light.
2. Hand showers with slide bars
A flexible-hose hand shower, mounted on a vertical slide bar and
paired with a standard shower head, can be placed low enough to
accommodate seated and standing users. Some slide bar models also
function as grab bars, a brilliant idea for purists who prefer a
3. Barrier-free shower
A shower with a low or no threshold makes entering the space easy for
those who use wheelchairs or walkers. Some designs feature decorative
drains at the shower’s edge, blending water removal with a subtle visual
cue that helps guide users. Barrier-free shower modules are available
in dozens of styles and configurations.
4. Accessible sinks
Wall-mounted and pedestal sinks make use easier for those with
mobility devices. The design choices are endless, with classic, modern
and transitional styles to suit any space. Installing side-by-side sinks
at different counter heights is smart for seated users, as well as
couples of different statures.
5. Adjustable or customizable cabinets
A vanity cabinet with a removable base or pocket doors is a great
solution for wheelchair users. Cabinets and counters that are
wall-mounted on shelf brackets can be adjusted for height or removed to
add space for mobility.
6. Lever and pull handles
When it comes to faucets, opt for lever-style models instead of knobs
that might be difficult to grip and twist with arthritic or weaker
hands. Lever models are easier for children’s small hands, too.
Likewise, choose pull-type hardware for drawers and doors.
7. Nonslip floors
Designers agree that matte tile and textured or honed stone such as
travertine are better choices for floors than polished surfaces. Aside
from better traction, they offer simple maintenance.
8. Grab bars
Today’s grab bar products are designed to look more like traditional
towel bars and soap dishes than the institutional-looking products most
people are used to.
9. Built-in shower seats
More streamlined and design-friendly than a plastic shower chair,
built-in shower seats offer a more comfortable experience for users who
have trouble standing. Most models save valuable space by folding up
against the wall.
10. Chair-height toilets
Toilets that sit a bit taller, around the height of a standard chair,
can work better for people who have knee or back limitations because
they don’t require bending or stooping; they can also make transferring
to the toilet from a wheelchair smoother and easier. However, these
models are not ideal for children or shorter adults. Test a model at a
plumbing showroom to see if this style will suit your needs.
Experts agree that whether you include all of these features or pick
and choose, the key is to think about your future needs and plan
accordingly. For example, younger homeowners might decide they are not
ready to install grab bars. But integrating hidden structural changes
during a renovation allows you to add features later, such as adding
plywood reinforcements behind walls so that you can install grab bars at
a later time.
Designing bathrooms with an eye toward the future is a growing trend.
As homeowners plan for the needs of their elderly parents and more
young people consider how they can get the most out of their remodel in
the long term, it’s an investment that pays off—not only daily in added
comfort and safety, but also potentially in their home’s resale value,
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