The bathroom is often considered a place of relaxation, but for many it can hold many risks, one primary concern is the risk of slips and falls. With steps in and out of bathing areas, slippery floors, smooth surfaces and the presence of water, this for many, can turn a bathroom from a room intended for relaxion and self-care, to a place full of concern and trepidation.
Solutions to remove or reduce these potentially hazardous areas are not as daunting as you may think, and they do not have to turn your bathroom into an ugly, clinical environment. With lots of aesthetically and fashionable but functional solutions, you would be surprised how modern you can make a safe bathing environment look and feel, bringing back that luxury and comfort that you’ve always experienced within your bathroom.
We at EA Mobility discuss these matters daily with our clients along with utilising the experience from leading suppliers and medical experts and work to reduce those risks by the introduction of strategically chosen products. According to data from the National Health Service (NHS), falls are a prevalent cause of injury among older adults in the UK, with bathrooms emerging as a common location for such incidents. This guide aims to shed light on practical tips and modifications that can be implemented to create a safer bathroom environment, reducing the risk of falls.
Understanding the Risks
Before delving into preventative strategies, it is crucial to comprehend the common risk factors associated with bathroom falls. Slippery surfaces, inadequate lighting, and a lack of proper support are prominent contributors. Additionally, factors such as age, mobility issues, and pre-existing health conditions can further elevate the risk. Identifying these elements enables a tailored approach to preventative efforts, addressing specific concerns unique to the individual’s needs.
Many bathrooms have a slippery floor, especially when wet. You may consider changing the flooring to an anti-slip product, or one that offers a higher slip resistance than a standard tile. Thereby reducing the likelihood of slipping and injuring yourself. There are a wide range of colours and styles to suit everyone’s taste.
Grab Bars for Support
Strategically placed grab bars around the bathroom can offer essential support for individuals of all ages. Place them near the shower, toilet and bath to assist with balance and stability. With colours and styles to compliment all tastes, these can be a subtle addition to a bathroom whilst adding huge benefits by giving multiple points around the room to hold onto for added stability.
Standing in a shower for any length of time with large volumes of water pouring down over your head can be disorientating for many. Adding a shower seat into the shower area allows the individual to sit comfortably and safely whilst enjoying a lovely warm shower. There are many styles of seats from fixed fold up seats, with or without arms, different colours or if you don’t want a fixed seat then there are portable seats available that can be moved in or out of the shower area dependent on the needs of the individual using it.
A simple thing such as inadequate lighting in the bathroom can pose a real hazard. Improve visibility by installing bright, energy-efficient bulbs. Focus on task lighting near the shower, bath, and vanity areas to diminish shadows and enhance clarity. Motion-activated night lights can also be beneficial, illuminating the path during nighttime bathroom visits for added safety.
Accessible Showers and Tubs
Many existing bathrooms require the individual to step up into either a bath or shower, this in itself can add a huge risk for a slip or fall. There are a number of options that can be considered that vastly reduce the risks in this area. If you are a lover of a nice soak in the bath, then consider changing your existing bath to a walk-in version that has a low step in threshold. Or, if you prefer a shower, then there are options with a low-level threshold, minimising the risks of a high step. If the need is to have a flat surface with no steps at all, then maybe a wet room is the choice for you, with a smooth, anti-slip and watertight flooring, this removes any steps in and out of the shower.
Organise and Declutter
A clutter-free bathroom is inherently safer. Keep the floor and countertops clear of unnecessary items, ensuring a smooth and obstacle-free path. Store toiletries in accessible cabinets or shelves to minimise the need for reaching or bending over, promoting ease of movement.
Creating a safe bathroom environment that is suitable for all users within the household involves a combination of thoughtful design and innovative products. By addressing common risk factors such as slippery surfaces, inadequate lighting, and the lack of support, you can significantly reduce the risk of falls in the bathroom. Whether you’re making simple adjustments or considering a more comprehensive remodel, the goal is to promote a secure and accessible space for everyone, contributing to a sense of well-being and independence whilst retaining a tasteful and functional environment that can be enjoyed. Prioritising safety in the bathroom not only prevents accidents but also enhances the overall quality of life of the user.
EA Mobility: Enhancing Safety and Accessibility
In the pursuit of creating safer and more accessible living spaces, EA Mobility plays a pivotal role. With over 20 years of experience within the adaptation industry, EA Mobility is a family-run business specialising in enabling individuals with limited mobility to enjoy their homes safely. We offer a range of services, including adapted bathrooms, kitchens, access ramps, and associated building works.
EA Mobility understands that each person with limited mobility has unique access requirements. Our expert team ensures respect, discretion, fast turnaround times, and high-quality services tailored to individual needs. Approved and accredited by reputable organisations such as, Which Trusted Traders and CHAS.
EA Mobility stands as a trusted partner in creating accessible living spaces.
The company’s installers, surveyors, and project managers are fully trained and DBS cleared, emphasising a commitment to professionalism and client safety. If you or a loved one needs home modifications to enhance accessibility and prevent falls, EA Mobility provides nationwide coverage for projects of any size or shape. For further assistance, call FREEPHONE 0808 2812665 to request a full-colour brochure or a home visit to discuss your specific needs and solutions.
With EA Mobility, you can trust in a partner dedicated to safeguarding independence and improving your quality of life.