With poor balance, vision, and mobility, our elderly relatives are at risk of falling. And the bathroom is the most unsafe room in the house.
At Hastings Homecare Corp., a provider of home care services in Pasadena, California, we have these five simple tips to keep a patient safe while showering and using the restroom:
- Don’t hurry.
Remember to take it slow and not rush patients. With a single wrong move, rushing may lead to harm so let the registered nurse or caregiver take their time.
- Ensure a well-lit surrounding.
Having well-lit places can reduce the risk of falling. Inspect the lighting and replace burned-out bulbs so that those with poor eyesight can see their path well.
- Establish a routine and a daily reminder.
For patients with memory loss, it is vital to remind them of the simple things like bathing, dressing, grabbing the handlebars, and having a toilet break regularly to reduce the number of sudden emergency trips to the bathroom.
- Keep the area of the bathroom clear.
Take away any obstructions that make it tough to get about. In addition, strive to keep toilet essentials close at hand to prevent them from strolling while their body is wet.
- When safety is uncertain, consider other options.
There are other tools like bedside commodes or urinals that can be taken advantage of in place of going to the bathroom. Using adult diapers or briefs can also be helpful.