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3 Tips to Improve Bath Safety for Elderly Veterans

Care for Aging Veterans in St. Louis, MO

Care-for-Aging-VeteransJanuary is Bath Safety Month and for elderly veterans, it’s a good time to address the potential dangers in every room of the home, but especially the most dangerous – the bathroom.

There are many reasons why a bathroom can be dangerous. First and foremost, water that gets on the floor can become slick. Most bathrooms are covered in ceramic or linoleum tile. When those surfaces get wet, they get slick.

Another factor when it comes to safety is the tub or shower. Taking a shower or even stepping over a tub surround can be a challenge for an elderly individual, especially if they have diminished strength in their legs. Less strength leads to balance problems. When somebody is stepping into the tub, for example, if they slip and are younger, it’s easier to maintain balance. For somebody in their 70s or 80s, especially those who have less strength in her legs, maintaining balance is a much greater challenge.

Here are three tips that can improve bath safety for aging veterans. Remember, home care is always a great option for elderly veterans and other men and women because it provides physical support as well as emotional encouragement and companionship.

Bath Safety Tip #1: Installing grab bars.

Grab bars are great asset when installed in and around the shower or tub surround. These are different than towel bars as their anchor into the wall studs. This makes them extremely strong and can withstand a great deal of force. A full grown adult can grab onto these bars and maintain their balance. They won’t rip free from the wall.

Bath Safety Tip #2: Pay attention to slick surfaces.

If the bathroom consists of ceramic or linoleum tile that become slick when wet, then placing nonslip pads or installing nonslip sticks sticky pads on the surface can improve traction for the senior.

Bath Safety Tip #3: Rely on a shower seat.

While installing grab bars are a great idea, relying on a shower seat can also be incredibly beneficial. A shower seat can allow the senior to sit down while bathing. This is great when an aging veteran has less strength in their legs and it can be difficult to stand in the shower for the duration of that shower.

By focusing on improving bath safety and encouraging aging veterans to consider home care, it can improve quality of life, reduce the risk of slip and fall accidents, and help encourage the senior to stay active.

For more information and to learn about care for aging veterans in St. Louis, MO, contact Veteran’s Home Care at (888) 314-6075.

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Bonnie Laiderman

Bonnie Laiderman, founder and president of Veterans Home Care®, has helped more than 13,000 veterans and their spouses receive in-home care through the unique VetAssist® Program. Started in 2003 as a one woman operation, Bonnie has overseen the growth of the company to appear on Inc. Magazine's national list of 5000 fastest growing companies and to become the industry leader.

Now with offices from coast to coast and a network of more than 2,400 home care providers, Veterans Home Care serves our veterans in 44 states throughout the country.

In addition to growing Veterans Home Care to become the largest provider of its kind, Bonnie is a member of the American Red Cross Tiffany Circle, a national society of women leaders. Bonnie also serves as Chairperson for the American Red Cross Service Armed Forces Committee.

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