Take a Stand to Prevent Falls – 5 Bathroom Fall Prevention Products every HME Should Supply

Posted on: September 3rd, 2015 by Rob Baumhover

 

HME Retailers,

Did you know…Every 13 seconds, an older adult is seen in the emergency department for a fall-related injury?

September is Fall Prevention Month. Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas. Of those falls, the National Institute of Aging says 80% of these falls are in the bathroom. Due to a number of slick and slippery surfaces, bathrooms are very hazardous for seniors living at home. Fortunately, these falls are a public health problem that is largely preventable.

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Encourage your customers to stay safe in their homes! Many bathroom safety products can be bought for cash, are easy to install or operate, and are relatively inexpensive. Several bath safety products can also be sold as accessory or add-on products to larger bathroom products, allowing the customer to safely maneuver their bathroom (and also adding to your bottom line!).

The five bathroom safety products every HME should have in their showroom are:

  1. Grab Bars
  2. Transfer Benches
  3. Flexible Shower Wands
  4. Bath Seats
  5. Non-slip Floor Mats

These products will give seniors and their loved ones peace of mind that they can live safely in their homes.

Spread the awareness! Conduct a fall risk screening, partner with local therapists or physicians, or simply have a table or display dedicated to fall prevention awareness. As mentioned, most senior falls are preventable and education is the first step. Check out the National Council on Aging’s Fall Prevention website for tools and tips to spread the awareness!