Health Tip: Making Your Bathroom Fall-Proof

August 24, 2005-- Posted at 2:45 PM  CDT

(HealthDayNews) -- Slippery tubs and water-splashed bathroom floors are common reasons for senior spills.

The Canadian city of Ottawa suggests you take these steps to skid-proof your bathroom:

  • Make sure the bathtub plug is easy to reach and to use.
  • Use a rubber mat every time you take a bath or shower.
  • Make sure anti-slip decals on the bottom of the bathtub are no more than two inches apart.
  • Install at least two grab bars in the tub area.
  • Check that portable grab bars don't move when used for climbing out of the tub.
  • Use a rug with a rubber backing outside the tub.

 -- Felicity Stone

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