HOW HELPFUL ARE BARRIER FREE SHOWERS IN PREVENTING ACCIDENTS
Posted on December 8th, 2017.
The Center for Disease Control has some truly staggering statistics to share on the topic of frequency and cost of falls among older adults. Bathrooms tend to be one of the most accident prone areas in a home, especially for a senior who already is dealing with questionable balance, ageing limbs and mobility problems. It is reported that one in every five older adults will sustain a fall every year and most of these are centered on poorly constructed and ill-suited bathing spaces. The average cost of a fall injury will fall around $3500, not to mention the pain and trauma that the individual will have to bear as a result of the accident. When you consider the costs and risks involved, the prospect of investing in a Barrier Free Shower doesn’t seem like such a bad idea anymore. Designed to help make bathing safer and more convenient, Barrier Free Showers also make bathing spaces more accessible and facilitate in the prevention of accidents as well. Let’s see how:
These showers are designed to provide enhanced accessibility to users, especially those who may be wheelchair ridden or use other means to manage their impaired movement abilities. The first change in this installation is the absence of a curb. Since there is no obstruction on the floor, a wheelchair can easily slide in and out of the shower area without any hindrance, allowing disabled users to manage their bathing with ease. Absence of the shower curb also means nothing that a user can trip over – another additional safety measure.
Barrier free showers are also designed with no-slip floors for added protection against accidents and mishaps. Handrails and grab bars are available to provide users with a means to steady themselves in case they ever lose balance. With so many features and benefits, barrier free showers are able to create a world of a difference in the lives of disabled or mobility challenged individuals while helping to prevent common bathroom accidents and falls.