Safety is important for people of all ages. As we get older, even everyday tasks such as bathing or showering may pose unforeseen risks. This is especially true for those who have osteoporosis, arthritis or other chronic conditions, or those who take medications that affect balance and depth perception, which increases the risk for falls.
Fortunately, you can take steps to minimize dangers in the shower or bath.
Talk with your doctor if you’re feeling unstable or dizzy or you’re having trouble seeing clearly. An underlying health concern may need to be addressed. Sometimes, it can be as easy as adjusting a prescription.
Even with the best preventive measures in place, some accidents are inevitable. Have a plan for contacting help if an accident occurs. This plan may include installing an alarm or intercom alert system in your bathroom. Or you may want to keep a cell phone within reach at all times.
If you’re a caregiver for someone who has Alzheimer’s or other severe challenges, talk with his or her doctor about bathing safety. You may need to be aware of specific concerns.