Falling In The Shower

Falling in the bathroom is a very realistic scenario that we could experience later on in our adult lives. It can be a scary and potentially dangerous situation, as slipping on a wet surface or losing our balance are the main causes. By the end of this post, you will learn some tips on how to prevent falls in the bathroom, and what to do if you lose your balance.

One of the main causes of falling in the bathroom is a slippery surface. Many shower floors are made of smooth materials, such as porcelain, which increases the risk of slipping. Additionally, when soap, shampoo, or conditioner are mixed with water, it can create a slippery and dangerous situation that easily leads to a fall.

Risks and Consequences:

A significant number of injuries that occur in the bathroom are reported every year. The risks of falling in the bathroom can range from minor injuries such as cuts or bruises to serious injuries like head trauma or broken bones. For older adults, falls in the shower can be particularly dangerous, as they may have slower reaction times, weaker bones, and reduced balance.

How To Prevent Falls:

  1. To prevent slipping, use a non-slip mat or adhesive strips on the floor of the bathroom including the shower.
  2. Install grab bars or handrails to add support when standing or moving all over the bathroom.
  3. Try to avoid standing on wet surfaces, and dry your feet before stepping out of the shower.
  4. Take your time and be careful with your movements to prevent slipping or losing your balance.
  5. If you have difficulty standing for long periods, consider using a shower chair or stool, to help you during the shower or bath time.
  6. Regular strength training, in activities such as Yoga or Pilates, will help you to improve your strength, balance, and coordination. (You can read more about this topic in our previous post.)

In conclusion, falling in the bathroom is a common but preventable accident that can have serious consequences. You can reduce the risk of falling and stay safe while bathing by taking the precautions that we suggested.  Further information can be found on the NHS website here.

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