Elderly bathroom Safety 101: Dangers of shower screens
Shower screen started gaining popularity as a toilet installation to separate the wet and dry area of the toilet in the 2010s. Compared to opaque shower doors, glass shower screens gives the toilet a sleek and modern look. However, as it serves as the separation between the wet and dry areas, many elders use it as a supporting point to get across to different areas of the toilet.
Dangers of shower screens
When the shower screen is used as a supporting point, the elderly tend to put their weight on the shower screen. As glass shower screens are not designed to support weight for a prolong period of time, using it as a long-term supporting point would increase the chances of the shower screen falling and shattering.
Some of the other common unsuitable supporting points are sinks and toilet doors. Exerting force on unsuitable supporting points for a prolong period of time might result in unexpected accidents in the bathroom.
Proper supporting equipment
Before selecting proper support equipment to install, it is essential to understand the common bathroom hazards for elderly users. Once the hazards points are identified, our team will be able to provide you on the recommended tools to reduce fall risks in the bathroom.
Installation of proper support points in the bathroom
It is important to identify the critical supporting points in the bathroom as the bathroom is rated one of the areas of high fall risk in residential areas.
Some common areas where supporting tools can be installed to reduce fall risk are:
1. Near the toilet bowl
Elderly who do not have sufficient lower body strength may find it difficult to get on and off the toilet bowl. With a supporting bar or a support rail installed within arms length from the toilet bowl will provide the elderly adequate support to perform
2. Near the toilet doors and shower screen
Elderly have a high tendency to use the toilet doors and shower screens for support to move across different areas. To reduce the chances of bathroom injuries due to unsuitable supporting points, we can investigate the locations where grab bars can be installed near the toilet doors and shower screen.
3. Shower area
Shower area has the highest level of fall risk because the surface is wet after each shower. To reduce fall risk in the shower area, grab bars can be installed
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