The bathroom is a common place where people may get hurt. Wet, slippery surfaces and hot water can cause injuries. By taking a few simple steps, you can get rid of some hazards in your bathroom.
Age, some medications, or health conditions like diabetes can make your skin less sensitive to temperature. You can burn yourself before you realize the water is too hot.
You can protect yourself from burns:
Balance problems, water, and soapy surfaces can make it easy to slip and fall in the bathroom.
To prevent slips and falls:
Bars, bath seats and raised toilet seats are available to purchase or borrow. An occupational therapist can help you access these and other items. To find an occupational therapist go here. To learn about the Alberta Aids to Daily Living Program (AADL) that may provide some financial help for these and other supplies, go here, or call toll free: 310-0000, then 780-427-0731.
Many items in our homes can be dangerous to children and adults. We often keep them in places where children and pets can reach them. Here are some tips to stop someone from being poisoned.
Current as of: April 1, 2019
Author: Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services
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