Lonjev designs and manufacturers the market’s premier bath safety solutions to make your bath safer for all ages. The bathroom has long been designated by experts as a ‘hotspot’, an area in the house that requires special attention. Bathrooms have slippery surfaces such as showers and bathtubs and water from the shower and bathtub creates wet surfaces which may lead to instability.
More than one in three seniors fall each year, and more than 250,000 seniors visit an emergency room each year due to falls in the bathroom. Bathroom-related falls have broader implications as fall-related injuries may lead to head trauma, fractures and even an early death.
Seniors may be more vulnerable to falling because of balance challenges. Side-effects from medications as well as difficulties with eyesight may also cause balance and stability issues. Seniors may exercise, stretch and perform mobility exercises to improve stability and mobility.
Another great way to improve bath safety is to install and use bath aids such as grab bars, shower chairs, non-slip mats, toilet seat risers and transfer benches. Bath aids can improve mobility and stability in the bathroom as well as increase safety.
Bath Safety Grab Bars
Grab bars are not just for hotel bathrooms and public restrooms, they have become one of the best safety features widely used today in private homes and bathrooms. Bathroom grab bars increase accessibility and are great to install at the home to improve bathroom safety and to reduce fatigue and improve balance when standing. Grab bars may also be used to prevent slipping when a caregiver is transferring a person from one area of the bathroom to another. Grab bars are now a must-have for all bathrooms regardless of the age of the user. All age categories from children to seniors can benefit from having grab bars installed in the bathroom.
Grab bars are typically installed on the walls leading to the bathtub, shower and toilet as well as in and directly around the bathtub. Toilet grab bars can be installed right next to the toilet to add something to grip onto as the user gets on and off the toilet. Remember that toilet grab bars and shower grab bars are not meant to support the full weight of the user and should only be used to improve stability and balance.
Suction grab bars are attached through a suction cup and require little to no installation. Suction grab bars are temporary and may be removed at any point. Once attached, they provide a key source of stability to the user, allowing the user to grab the bar to improve balance and stability.
Grab bars may require proper installation similar to installing a towel rack. If you are not comfortable with a hammer, drill, level and screws, it may be necessary to have a professional perform the installation. Proper installation of a grab bar is important. It is typically recommended that grab bars be installed between 33 and 36 inches from the ground when placed near the toilet and in the bathtub or shower. Install one grab bar between 18 inches and 24 inches next to the tub.
Bath Safety Bath Chair and Shower Chair
Grab bars are often used with other bath aids such as a bath chair and shower chair to improve overall bathroom safety. Why use a bath chair? One word: balance. Standing in the shower can cause fatigue. Standing in the shower after an operation while taking pain medication is simply dangerous. Medications and poor eyesight may cause the person to have balance and stability issues and it may be more comfortable to sit rather than stand while bathing. Instead of bathing while standing up and holding onto a grab bar, sitting in a bath chair allows the person to relax and enjoy bathing. Shower chairs can be a great permanent solution to bathing but they can also be a great temporary solution while recovering in the home after an operation. Preparing the home and and in particular the bathroom after an operation is a key way to ensure a safe recovery and minimize the risk of an accident or fall. Forget taking a bird bath in the sink, with a good bath chair you can relax while safely bathing. Be sure to combine the bath chair with grab bars or safety grips so that you can transfer in and out of the bathtub safely.
Bath chairs and shower chairs come in a wide variety of options and are not only for the elderly. Bath chairs are a great option for anyone with a mobility challenge, obesity and anyone with a disability. A bariatric shower chair is perfect for people with obesity challenges and a bath chair for elderly is perfect for seniors. These two bath chairs may be different as a bariatric bath chair will need to support the weight of the user which could be upwards of 350 pounds.
It is important to first measure the width of your bathtub to make sure that your bath chair will fit properly. A bath chair comes with a variety of designs, some with arms, some with backs and some with accessory holders to hold shower toiletries. A bath bench does not have a back and bath stools may be more appropriate for a caregiver or mother bathing a child rather than someone with a mobility challenge.