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Danger Zone: Tips to Take Bathroom Safety to the Next Level

More danger lurks in the bathroom than most people think.

Stop for a moment and envision you’re in your bathroom – the shower is running but part of the shower curtain isn’t in the tub and water is pooling where you get out of the shower. You turn, and you notice the toilet is low to the ground so you know you’re going to struggle getting up, causing strain to your body. As you get into the shower, you slip on the slick surface and there’s nothing to safely grab a hold of. After regaining your stability, you find yourself getting fatigued in the shower. You reach for your shampoo and soaps, but there’s no handy or easily accessible place to store them.

While the first thing that comes to mind may not be “danger”, that’s what these scenarios can potentially turn into. If you’re ready to step up your bathroom safety game, consider these levels of safety to implement in your own home.

Level 1: Add a walk-in shower or ditch the shower curtain and opt for a door. If it’s a struggle to climb in and out of the tub or you’re always fretting over the shower curtain, it may be time to add a walk in shower or replace the shower curtain with a shatterproof glass door. This solution can keep water from pooling where you get out and eliminate one of the lurking dangers in the bathroom.

Level 2: Add a TILT® Toilet Incline Lift. People over 85 years old sustain more than 50 percent of their injuries near the toilet. It’s no surprise that a toilet can be a source of danger when getting on and off can be a strain. Adding a TILT to your toilet helps alleviate the struggle of getting up and down, providing a sense of security for the user.

Level 3: Add grab bars or other stability increasing measures. Bathtubs and showers come with various dangers and slipping accounts for almost 20 percent of bathroom injuries. Adding grab bars in and around the bathtub can help provide balance and stability to those who need it.

Level 4: Add an EZ-ACCESSORIES® Universal Bather to your bath chair. Being in the shower can be fatiguing and having your shower chair or bench available will provide a place to rest but sometimes getting up and down to retrieve your shampoo can be even more of a struggle. Adding the EZ-ACCESSORIES Universal Bather allows you to have all of your bathing items within a safe reach.

Don’t let your bathroom become or remain a danger zone. By making a few modifications and installing a few helpful tools you can reduce the risks that lurk in your bathroom. Step out of the danger zone and step into a life of safety and security. For more information on bathroom safety visit our website.

Using EZ-ACCESS Products to Create a Home Designed for Accessibility

 

 

From the garage to the bathroom, we’re breaking through barriers with safe and easy-to-use accessibility solutions. If you’re looking for a specific solution for a room or area in your home, we can help you find the perfect product.

 

CONCIERGE® Residential Power Door Opener – With just a touch of a button, the CONCIERGE® Residential Power Door Opener can open and close interior and exterior doorways. It’s easy to install and comes with several safety features including adjustable door hold-open time and obstruction detector.

 

PASSPORT® Vertical Platform Lift – Don’t worry about access when it comes to your porch or elevated entrance. The PASSPORT® Vertical Lift is perfect for those with limited mobility and provides a smooth ride. The unit is adaptable for various heights and configurations. The controls are designed to be easy to use and features high-visibility LED indicator lights for simple troubleshooting.

 

TRANSITIONS® Angled and Modular Entry Ramp – Have an entryway in your home that’s raised or requires a step up? The TRANSITIONS® product line could be your perfect solution! These products create a seamless surface for thresholds and raised landings, can be used indoors and outdoors, and are portable so they can be moved from one entryway to the next.

 

TILT® Toilet Incline Lift – The TILT Toilet Incline Lift is the all-in-one bathroom safety solution. Easily activated to raise and lower with the push of a button, using this lift can maintain independence and still provide the needed security to avoid falls. Even better? It’s easy to clean and allows for better transfers for those in powerchairs and wheelchairs.

 

SUITCASE® Ramps – Designed to be easily transported from place to place, the SUITCASE® ramps are perfect for accessibility on the go, especially during the holiday season. If you’re visiting friends and family or hosting company in a wheelchair or powerchair, this may be the right solution for you.

PATHWAY® 3G Modular Access System – This customizable system allows you to create a ramp for standard and unique entryways. With interchangeable options available, you have the flexibility to continue to upgrade the system as your needs or preferences change. This can be your long-lasting access solution since it’s built with aluminum materials designed to withstand the elements.

 

At EZ-ACCESS, we strive to create easy and safe accessibility solutions for all. Stay tuned to see what room we’re tackling next when it comes to providing solutions for home accessibility. For more information about our residential products, visit our website or contact us today.

Fall Facts: Tips to Prevent Falls in your Home

Fall Facts: Tips to Prevent Falls in Your Home

Falls are considered the number one cause of injury for seniors. After falling once, it doubles a person’s chance of falling again and often leads to Post Fall Anxiety Syndrome. Learn how a few simple modifications can help mitigate fall risks in the home and provide peace of mind for you or a loved one.

 

Bathroom: Did you know people over 85 suffer more than half their injuries near the toilet? For those who struggle to get up from the seated position or need extra stability in the bathroom, the TILT® Toilet Incline Lift may be a perfect aid to prevent injuries and falls in the bathroom.

 

Bonus Tip: Add non-slip mats to the shower and bathtub to prevent any slips and falls while bathing. If accessing a shower or tub is too difficult for you or your loved one, consider using our EZ-Shower Bedside Shower or EZ-BATHE® Body Washing Basin for an in-bed bathing experience.

 

Entryways and Raised Landings: Does your home have a tricky entryway or a step down into another room? These can be problematic for those who experience difficulty moving safely throughout their home. Adding a TRANSITIONS® threshold ramp, mat, or plate in those areas can dramatically reduce the number of tripping incidents and create a smooth path for wheelchairs, walkers, scooters, etc.

 

Porches and Stairs: Don’t risk falling or tripping down porch or entryway stairs, especially when it’s rainy or icy. Adding a ramp and/or platform to your home can help eliminate environmental hazards, which is the majority reason people fall. The PATHWAY® 3G Modular Access System could be the perfect solution when it comes to creating a cleared walkway with safe handrails to guide individuals to and from home access points.

 

While not every fall leads to injury, there can still be health risks that are present such as the inability to get up or the anxiety of falling again. Since one-third of those who are over 65 will fall each year, it’s important to take the right precautions to help eliminate the potential causes of injury.

 

If you’re in need of assistance in selecting the right ramps for your situation, be sure to use our Ramp Selector or Incline Calculator or contact us here.

Reduce Recovery Time with these Tips

Equipping your home with all the proper tools before you leave to go in for your knee or hip surgery will not only give you peace of mind but can also aid in recovery time. The last thing you want to think about is how you’re going to get into your home or how you’ll bathe during the healing process so here are a few tips to you to get you started. Consult your doctor to fully understand all the equipment and tools necessary for an optimal recovery.

If you’ll be using a walker to help you get around try one of our EZ-ACCESSORIES Walker Carryon to keep all the necessities near as you get around your house. Mount it on the side, or in the front, the deep pockets will allow you to carry your cell phone, TV remotes, and even beverages, keeping everything within arm’s reach.

If you’re healing from knee surgery you’re not going to want be going up and down, especially when using the restroom. Make the transition easier with the TILT Toilet Incline Lift. With quick and easy installation, this heavy duty lift chair can make your bathroom experience one of ease and comfort.

One thing that should not be overlooked is the entry into your home. If you’re using a walker, crutches or a wheelchair, a TRANSITIONS Modular Entry Mat is just what you’re looking for. Don’t worry about taking the step up when using this mat. It lays flush to any entry, can be trimmed down to fit any height and is made of heavy-duty rubber for a nonslip surface.

Don’t let bathing be a hassle! Any of our EZ-BATHING accessories can make even the most challenging task simple. Between the EZ-SHAMPOO Hair Washing Tray or the EZ-BATHING Universal Bather which can hook on to any bathing chair or shower wall and keeps all your necessities close, you’ll be able to stay squeaky clean!

Other things to think about as you come home to recover is clearing all the walkways from tripping hazards including rugs, power cords and uneven flooring. If your bedroom is upstairs, it would be a good idea to make arrangements to be downstairs during the recovery process. While you’re at it make sure your bed is low enough to get in and out of. Most importantly, ask for help during this recovery period. The more preparation and help you have the better and quicker recovery can be!

How to Increase Bathroom Safety in 3 Easy Steps

For individuals affected by mobility restrictions, every day can present possible obstacles. This is particularly true when it comes to home safety. More than one in three seniors over the age of 65 fall each year and, from this, 80 percent of those falls occur in the bathroom. Due to the multitude and instability of bathroom surfaces, it is important for the security of your loved ones to properly outfit these problematic areas. At EZ-ACCESS, we are committed to providing the safety you and your family deserve. With these helpful guidelines and products, you can maintain security and get the peace of mind you need.

  1. Stay Safe in the Shower

According to the CDC, approximately 1.6 million older adults seek emergency care every year for fall-related injuries, fractures, or head traumas. Showers are one of the most at-risk areas to experience such an injury. To combat this, transfer benches and shower chairs offer additional support to avoid potentially dangerous situations.

  1. Keep It Clean

Since bathrooms are at high risk for falls, don’t put anything to chance. Make sure all spills are cleaned promptly and the bathroom floor is not slick. Additionally, don’t let décor ideas stand in your way. Clear away any unnecessary items so that there is plenty of space to move around. For added precaution, cover sharp edges of counters and faucets with towels while the bathroom is in use.

  1. Update Problematic Areas

To guarantee safety in and out of the bathtub, install reachable safety handles by the bathtub and shower. This should be specialty-designed items that will support weight, as opposed to a towel rack or bar, which can cause further injury if used as a grab bar. For stable footing, install non-slip strips or mats in the bottom of the bathtub as well as a stable mat in the entry/exit of the shower. Additionally, make sure a portable phone is always available in the bathroom in the event of an emergency. Above all, make sure to address toilet safety. This problematic area accounts for 14 percent of falls. To ensure safety for your loved ones and prevent injuries to family members or caretakers, EZ-ACCESS recommends the TILT™ Toilet Incline Lift. By offering both comfort and the functionality of a heavy-duty commode, the TILT is the all-in-one bathroom safety solution that’s perfect for your family. Easily activated to raise and lower with the push of a button, you can maintain independence and still get the needed security to avoid falls.

Although bathrooms offer a potential increase in injury, these tips and products can help keep your loved ones safe and in their own home. To learn more about how you can make your home more accessible, contact the team at EZ-ACCESS today.