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Reducing The Risk Of Falls In The Bathroom

Statistics show that care home residents are three times more likely to fall than their community dwelling peers and ten times more likely to sustain a significant injury as a result (Department of Health, 2009). The bathroom is a high risk fall area, so here Stuart Reynolds, Head of Product and Marketing at AKW, shows how care home managers can overcome two of the most common causes of falls in this space.

Think flooring:

Use anti-slip flooring – use non-slip vinyl safety flooring that has a Pendulum Test Value (PTV) rating of ≥36. Also ensure that anti-slip protection continues from the flooring to the shower tray. AKW’s Braddan level access shower tray can be recessed into the floor and comes with a slip resistance surface.

Use colour contrast to avoid slips and falls – consider colour contrast for those with sight loss, mobility issues or dementia. Excellent colour contrast can be achieved with magnolia coloured walls and AKW’s Cerulean blue cut-to-order, anti-slip, vinyl safety flooring.

Think lighting:

Avoid shadows – the avoidance of shadows, dark areas and glare is key to safe movement around a space. Using a mix of task-specific lighting and overall ambient lighting ensures good light levels for showering, washing and moving safely around the space.

Spotlight tasks – Tasks, such as showering or shaving, are best lit using narrow beams of light. AKW has created a bathroom lighting pack that contains everything needed to light a standard UK bathroom (with additional products that can be purchased separately for larger spaces).

A free guide on how to light accessible bathrooms, created by AKW in conjunction with occupational therapists, is available at: www.akw-ltd.co.uk/lighting. Also, visit www.akw-ltd.co.uk for more information on AKW’s anti-slip flooring and shower tray ranges.
For more information, please contact AKW on 01905 823298, Email: sales@akw-ltd.co.uk or visit www.akw-ltd.co.uk

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