People often don’t think of the bathroom as a dangerous area, but for some, this is a simple reality. At Heavenly Walk-In Tubs, our safety bathtubs help remove some of the biggest dangers for people who might be at higher risk of falls and other accidents.
Our safety tubs are perfect for the elderly and people with disabilities, but you’d be shocked to learn how many bathroom accidents take place even for people who don’t fall under either of these designations. Let’s look at some of the facts on bathroom accidents, and explain how a walk-in tub can help prevent many of them.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 235,000 people over the age of 15 enter an emergency room due to an injury suffered in the bathroom each year. About 14 percent of those people end up hospitalized specifically.
The rates here are higher for women than men – by about 72 percent, per studies. Experts speculate that women’s higher risk of falls than men can be attributed to differences in lower-body strength, physical activity, bone mass or willingness to seek medical treatment for movement issues.
As you might expect, the rate of these injuries increases with age, and peak after age 85. However, when looking at proportional rates within age groups, people over 85 are actually least likely to see their accidents take place around the tub or shower – people between ages 15 and 24 actually show the highest rate of tub- or shower-related accidents when accidents do occur. Research suggests that alcohol may be a factor here, but the fact remains: Seniors are not the only people who can benefit from a bit more bathroom safety.
As we noted, alcohol plays a significant role in many bathroom accidents for younger demographics. Fainting is also most common among these age groups. As age increases, however, bathing itself becomes a larger factor – especially getting out of the tub. Nearly 10 percent of bathroom injuries occur while leaving the tub or shower, compared to only 2.2 percent of injuries while getting into the tub. For people over 65, injuries getting on and off the toilet become more and more common.
Want to learn more about bathroom accident factors, or any of our safety tub products and services? The experts at Heavenly Walk-In Tubs are standing by to assist you.