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You might think the kitchen, with its hot stoves and sharp utensils, would be the most dangerous room in your home, but it’s actually the bathroom.
The bathroom is especially hazardous for women, who are at a higher risk than men for falling and getting hurt, perhaps because of lesser body strength and bone mass.
For those age 65 and older, falls often cause more serious injuries, such as hip fractures. Seniors, according to the report, were also more likely to be injured getting on or off the toilet. Standing after sitting for a long time, especially if you’re dehydrated or taking certain medications, can result in a sudden drop in blood pressure that can cause light-headedness or dizziness.
But few of us have bathrooms that are equipped with NDIS bathroom modifications such as safety grab bars, shower chairs or toilet aide which could prevent falls. Here are other modifications you can make to your bathroom to make it a safer place.
2. Non-slip shower mat and bathroom mats - these mats are usually waterproof and have some kind of grip to stop you from slipping in these slippery locations. You could also install rubber ramps to assist wheelchair users to come into and out of bathroom areas.
3. Use bathroom aids for stability - aides that assist you with sitting and standing mean that you are less likely to fall. Shower chairs or toilet aide are excellent alternatives as they ensure your safety, when you are seated you are much less likely to slip in the shower. Contact our NDIS home modifications team on 02 8740 8963
Safety grab rail are used to assist with balance and support, as an aid to assist with transfers or in areas where a slip or fall is considered a high risk.
Wet areas around the house such as bathrooms, toilet rooms and showers are the most high risk areas where elderly are more likely to fall and slip.
Common areas of use include assisting individuals with transfers on and off the toilet or in and out of a bath, providing stability and support in the shower or assisting with mobilising up and down a single step.
But why should anyone that does not have a mobility limitation have a safety grab rail installed? In this article we will explore some of the other reasons why ordinary individuals should install safety grab rail in their home.
Having elderly parents or in-laws
The disability discrimination Act 1992 requires certain public places to have accessibility requirements to help elderly or people with disability to better function in their environment safely. If your parents or in-laws are elderly and regularly stay with you, they might need some assistance around the bathroom or shower. What better way to ensure your peace of mind than to install some simple grab rails near the shower or toilet areas of the bathroom?
Gilani Engineering are Australia's trusted Home modification experts, we can help you with installing a safety grab rail.
You can buy a shower chair at Gilani Engineering, if you have NDIS funding, then you do not have to pay for any equipment that is covered by your funding such as toilet aide, transfer commodes or shower chairs as we are Disability Equipment NDIS providers.
We can help you with any of your NDIS bathroom modifications enquiries or jobs as we are registered providers for NDIS home modifications.
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