Bathing / Showering / Bathroom
As an occupational therapist, I have assisted many individuals with a shower or bathing task. Bathing can be one of the riskier daily activities a person can experience.
In saying that, it always surprises me when folks want to decline a piece of equipment that helps promote bathing safety.
Here are some things to think about:
- Water can increase the risk for falling. However, simply making a few changes can minimize most risks and injuries.
- Bath benches and shower chairs can give a person a great source of stability. Bathing is a dynamic activity, the more you move as you are bathing… the greater risk you are for falling.
- Grab bars are another way to give you some stability when you are stepping into a tub or shower.
Last thing to remember: the use of bath benches and shower chairs can help you with conserving energy. By using the equipment, you store up your energy so you can exert that energy when friends and loved ones come to visit, instead of being exhausted during their visit.
Whenever you are using a Shower Chair you want to make sure that the backs of both of your legs are touching the shower chair before you sit down. Way too often, folks start to sit down before they are safely positioned… and this is a recipe for disaster. By making sure your legs are positioned properly… this can help to prevent a fall.
Here is a great tip for you when using a Tub Transfer Bench. If you place the tub transfer bench so that it is facing the shower head, and you feel that the bench is tipping too much for your comfort level, you can always turn the back of the tub bench up against the wall with the shower head. You will just need to change the arm on the bench to the other side. Having the bench up against the wall will help promote more stability. I would always recommend a long handled shower head, so that you have control of the water… instead of it beating down on you.
When picking out a Long Handled Shower Head, you want to make sure that the hose is long enough so that it can be placed down on your lap or the shower chair when needed. I also would recommend a shower head that you can turn on and off. That way the water is off when you are soaping up, and on when you need to rinse off. This will help prevent water from spraying ALL over your bathroom, which will help prevent slips, trips and falls!
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