Why Convert to a Walk in Shower
Safety stats and stories
- After the age of 65, 6 out of 10 visits a person
will make to a hospital emergency room are a result of a fall in or
around the home. (Consumer Product Safety Council)
- 30% of all people over the age of 65 fall each
year. (According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons)
- 50% of older adults hospitalized with a hip
fracture are unable to return home or live independently again.
(American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons)
- Over 60% of prescribed medication in the U.S. is
not taken as directed. (American Medical Association)
- 25% of all hospital and nursing home admissions
by seniors (persons 65 years of age or older) each year is due to their
failure to take their prescription medications as directed. (American
- Failure to properly take prescribed medication
the number one reason for hospital readmissions.(American Medical
- 45% of all household accidents resulting in
serious injuries take place in the bathroom. 20% occur in the kitchen.
(Consumer Safety Council)
- Subscribers of Medical Emergency Response
Systems, like ResponseLINK, have fewer hospital admission and shorter
stays after they subscribe. This allows them to live independently
longer. (study by The New England Journal of Medicine)
- The mortality rate is 5 times higher for people
who lay incapacitated for 12 hours versus those that get immediate
help. (study by The New England Journal of Medicine)
- For elderly people who live alone, becoming
incapacitated and unable to get help is the common event which usually
marks their ability to live independently. (New England Journal of
10 Steps to avoid falls
40% of all falls are preventable!
- Be Aware of Your Surroundings Use a cane or walker if it has been
prescribed. Walk slowly and if you don’t feel well, ask someone to help
- Get Plenty of Rest, Proper Nutrition, and Hydration After the age of
65, 6 out of 10 visits a person will make to a hospital emergency room
are a result of a fall in or around the home. (Consumer Product Safety
- Simplify Make your environment safer. Get rid of anything that could
make you trip and fall. These can include clutter, excess furniture,
etc. Arrange furniture so you have a clear pathway between rooms.
Remove low coffee tables, magazine racks, footstools, and plants from
- Avoid Trip-Ups Remove floor hazards such as area rugs, extension
cords, and/or other things that can create obstacles in your path.
- Clearance Make sure you have 36 inches to 42 inches clearance in
your walking path.
- Hold On Hold on to steady furniture if you are unsteady on your feet.
- Pay Attention Pay close attention to the FALL trouble spots. Be
aware that 45% of all household injuries take place in the bathroom and
20% take place in the kitchen. Avoid falls by equipping these areas
with grab bars near sinks, toilets, and showers. Wear safe footwear.
Make sure that the soles of your hoes are not worn since they can cause
you to slip. If you wear slippers around the house, make sure they have
- Exercise Ask your primary care physician or discharge planner to
prescribe an appropriate exercise plan for you to help improve balance,
gait, and muscle tone.
- Lights Keep your home well lit. A dark home is a dangerous home.
Make sure that all of the areas you walk in are illuminated at all
times of the day and evening. Pay extra attention to areas where you
frequently walk through like pathways to and from the bathroom,
bedroom, and kitchen. Keep a flashlight handy at all times in case the
- Medication Take medications as directed, on time, and only the
dosage prescribed. Do not skip medications. Report any side effects or
negative reactions you experience to your primary care physician.
Remember, failure to properly take medication is a major cause of alls
and fall related injuries. Follow the simple advice on the next page to