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3 Bathroom Safety Tips to Get Done Now for Seniors

Senior Home Safey Webster NY

Senior Home Safey Webster NY

Never put off any home improvement projects that could have a direct impact on safety. This goes for the safety of children, adults, and seniors. When you’re talking about general home safety for seniors, the bathroom is one of most dangerous places in the entire house.

Here are three bathroom safety tips that people should consider doing immediately to avoid the risk (or significantly reduce it) for slip and fall accidents and other injuries occurring in this room.

Bathroom Safety Tip #1: Install grab bars.

It can’t be stated enough: grab bars are an essential component of bathroom safety for any individual who has less strength in their legs than they used to and have balance related issues.

Grab bars are not towel bars. It’s important to make that distinction. Anyone who slips getting into or out of the tub or moving around in the shower who tries to grab onto a towel bar for support will likely find it rips free from the wall. That can lead to even more serious injuries.

Grab bars are thicker, more durable, and anchored into the wall studs, not just the sheetrock. They should be installed by an experienced contractor to ensure they are anchored properly.

Bathroom Safety Tip #2: Nonslip pads should be considered.

Whether the bathroom floor consists of linoleum or ceramic tile, nonslip pads can be a great way to help improve traction and reduce the risk of a slip and fall accident.

Nonslip bath mats are convenient and are easy to pick up and wash, but they generally only cover a small area of the floor. Nonslip bath mats that are not covered in fabric, making them look like towels, are the better solution. They can be applied to almost every square inch of the bathroom floor surface.

Bathroom Safety Tip #3: Consider a shower seat.

Just adding grab bars isn’t enough to help improve safety for seniors when they get into and out of the shower. A shower seat can be a great asset.

If the tub or shower surround does not have a built in shower seat, a removable one can be installed as easily as putting a general chair into that tub or shower. The senior can sit down while bathing and, with a portable showerhead, they could feel much more comfortable, relaxed, and safe.

These are three simple bathroom safety tips anyone should consider doing now, rather than waiting.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care for seniors in Webster NY, contact the caring staff at Caring Hearts of Rochester today! Serving Rochester, Pittsford, Greece, Webster, Canandaigua, Fairport, Perinton, Penfield, Brighton, Henrietta and surrounding communities. Call 585-245-0134.

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Kevin Watkins

Caring Hearts of Rochester was founded by John Hunt and Kevin Watkins. Kevin and John met when they were in the same Boy Scout Troop in their youth. They chose different career paths before forming Caring Hearts.
Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

As the co-founders and hands-on managers of Caring Hearts of Rochester, we thank you for this opportunity to tell you about our passion. We are responsible for the services we offer, for the people we hire, for the training they receive, for the quality and reliability of the services our team delivers to you and your loved ones. Give us a call so that we may learn more about you and your needs at (585) 861-CARE(2273)

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