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What Do You Know About Bathroom Safety and Seniors?

Margaret was surprised to read that hundreds of thousands of aging Americans are injured in slip and fall accidents every year and that the majority of these take place in the senior’s bathroom. Her own elderly father had a fall in the bathroom last month and it worried her. She learned that the combination of water on hard surfaces and age-related physical limitations were a big part of why senior health experts often consider the bathroom as the most dangerous rooms in the house for elderly Americans. Margaret was determined to re-evaluate her aging father’s bathroom and implement better safety features to protect him from harm.

Home Care Healdsburg CA

Home Care Healdsburg CA – What Do You Know About Bathroom Safety and Seniors?

When aging adults experience a slip and fall accident in the bathroom, it can lead to both minor and major injuries. Ranging from scratches and bruises to head injuries and broken bones, injuries from a slip and fall might be prevented with the implementation of better bathroom safety practices. Aging adults deserve to be safe in their own home, so family caregivers have the responsibility to increase bathroom safety.

One of the first things that family caregivers can do is to make the floor surfaces, both in the tub and shower as well as in the larger bathroom area, less dangerous. Non-skid bath mats are a fine way to give seniors a secure place to step and stand. Textured and waterproof stickers can fit on the tub floor to provide extra traction. Family caregivers should get rid of thick, slippery throw rugs and any other item that could cause seniors to trip.

Another thing a family caregiver can do to boost bathroom safety is to install safety features like tub or shower chairs, handheld shower heads and grab bars in the shower and near the toilet. Raised toilet seats also help seniors with balance issues. Family caregivers should always make sure the lighting is adequate in the bathroom and may consider installing motion lights to ensure the room is always illuminated whenever seniors need it.

If family caregivers have the resources, they can do some remodeling for the bathroom to make it extra safe. Remodels include bath lifts, installing walk-in tubs, replacing tub showers with walk-in showers and even redoing the entire bathroom to suit an aging adult’s needs as far as appliances, layout and features. Remodeling can be quite costly, and there are usually a lot of things that family caregivers can do that are more affordable.

Finally, the best safety feature that a family caregiver can arrange for is hiring a home care provider. These professional assistants have experience in caring for aging adults in their own home, keeping them safe, comfortable and healthy. With a home care provider near, aging adults can have the support and help they need, for their bathroom needs and beyond. Home care providers helping aging adults will drastically reduce the slip and fall accidents in the bathroom, because someone else will be there to provide strong support and careful assistance.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring Home Care Services in Healdsburg CA, call At Your Service Home Care.  Call today! (707) 573-1003

Lucy Andrews DNP, RN, MS

In 1988, after working as a clinical nurse in the University Health System at UC San Francisco, Lucy Andrews started understanding home care.

She became a discharge planner and immediately fell in love with the concept of home care and the autonomous clinical practice it affords nurses. Dr. Lucy was hooked and has been a strong supporter of home care ever since.Believing people need advocates in healthcare systems, she has championed that cause across the acute care and post-acute care setting.

Dr. Lucy has worked in every aspect of home care from Medicare Certified, DME, Infusion, Hospice and finally Private Duty/Private Pay services. She also works as a home care consultant across the country and as a legal nurse consultant for the home care industry.

Having worked in all areas of home care, Dr. Lucy has a well-rounded perspective of the challenges facing patients, families and the home care industry, and as a provider she advocates for patients through the maze of health care services. Dr. Lucy celebrated over 37 years as a nurse and patient advocate.

Dr. Lucy has a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois.In 1994, she received her Masters of Science in Health Service Administration from St. Mary's University, Moraga, California. Dr. Lucy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice awarded in 2016, graduating with Distinction and a 4.0 GPA.

She did her doctoral work on the global dementia crisis, aging and prevention strategies for healthy living. Developed dementia and Alzheimer's disease plans for aging patients leaving the hospital setting or entering long-term care or home health and hospice environments. She also developed a specialized program for those at risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

In 1992, Dr. Lucy was designated CAHSAH Certified Home Care Administrator in the inaugural offering of this designation through the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She is the founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Home Care Consulting Services and At Your Service Nursing & Home Care, a concierge nursing & home care agency that provides the services she believes are essential for seniors to age in place.She offers a higher level of care allowing people to be in their own homes with an emphasis on independence, safety, and quality of life.

Dr. Lucy is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and sits on the Board of Directors for California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She has served on the boards for both state and national board associations, and is currently on the following boards and committees: Board of Directors, California State Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH), 2002-present, National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC's) Private Duty Home Care Association Director, and multiple state and national home care committees.

Dr. Lucy goes to Washington, DC, several times a year to advocate for senior services and home care issues. She was past Commissioner for the Sonoma Commission on Human Rights.She is past chair of the local Senior Advocacy Services.