At Heavenly Walk-In Tubs, one of our top priorities with our products is improving safety and lowering the risk of slips and falls. Particularly common among the elderly, slips and falls are most common in the bathroom – and this is a big part of what our safety tub helps prevent.
However, a senior risk for falls is higher in many areas around the home as well. With our mission of safety in mind, here are a few tips to help you or a loved one lower the risk of a slip or fall.
Falls are often due to a lack of strength or conditioning in some part of the body, and regular exercise can help prevent this. Gentle exercises like walking and water workouts are perfect – they boost strength and improve flexibility, balance, coordination and even circulation. This strength boost can be a bigger deal than you might think when it comes to preventing falls. Be sure to ask a physician before you start any new exercises.
While exercising or even just while walking around the home, using the proper footwear is important. Options like high heels, slick soles, and floppy slippers can make a fall more likely, especially on certain kinds of flooring.
Look instead for shoes with thin, non-skid soles, and if needed, use slip-on instead of laced shoes. If you ever feel like your shoes aren’t fitting properly, consider a re-sizing – it’s not uncommon for foot size to change with age.
Whether it’s the bathroom or any other important area, make sure the spaces you frequent are clear of clutter that might cause clips or falls. Especially dangerous areas include stairways, the bedroom, and the bathroom. Make sure items you need to use regularly are within easy reach, and address tripping hazards like loose floorboards or carpets right away. In addition, make sure all the areas you’re in regularly are well-lighted so you can see where you’re going.
Beyond your portable tub, there are some other changes you can make to keep the bathroom as safe as possible. Consider handrails, raised toilet seats and grab bars in important areas if needed.
For more on how to prevent slips and falls, or to learn about any of our tub options, speak to the pros at Heavenly Walk-In Tubs today.