Did You Know: Bathroom Safety at Millers

July 19, 2016 by Kathleen Wolfe

Did you know that, according to a 2011 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 200,000 Americans are treated in emergency departments for bathroom-related injuries annually?

Due to a multitude of reasons, bathrooms are very hazardous. Bathrooms have unforgiving and slippery surfaces, and few dependable things to grasp onto, which greatly increases the chances for harm. Fall-related injuries range from minor cuts, scrapes and bruises to more severe injuries, such as broken bones (especially hip fractures), head contusions, and even spinal cord injury. Are you or a loved one susceptible?

Up to 80% of falls in the home are in the bathroom. Anyone can stumble and fall in the bathroom but having poor muscle strength and balance is strongly associated with increased risk. If you have a history of falls, the risk is even greater. Most falls occur while:

  • Getting in and out of the tub or shower;
  • Sitting down and getting up from the toilet; and
  • Walking and attempting to use towel bars, sink tops or other objects to support balance.*

At Millers we have a variety of bathroom aids, including grab bars, shower chairs, bath mats, and toilet aids. Find some of them here!

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Ask our knowledgeable and experienced Surgical Manager and other Staff for help, and know that if we don’t stock what you need, we will order it for you.

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