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What can be done to prevent accidents in the bathroom among seniors?

Alexis Abramson
Caregiving
Here is a list of things you can do to help prevent bathroom accidents among seniors:

• Install grab bars on the bathroom walls near the toilet and along the bathtub or shower.
• Place a slip-resistant rug adjacent to the bathtub for safe exit and entry.
• Mount a liquid soap dispenser on the bathtub/shower wall.
• Place nonskid adhesive textured strips on the bathtub/shower floor.
• A combination safety seat/transfer bench can be used in the bathroom to provide additional stability and comfort for transition in and out of the bathtub.
• Create a more stable toilet by using either a raised seat or a special toilet seat with armrests.
• Replace glass shower enclosures with non-shattering material.
• Place night lights between the bathroom and bedroom to help for safe maneuvering at night.

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