June 1, 2016.
I have just finished reading my fifth article in less than 24 hours on ways to keep seniors safe. Some of the articles were directed at home modifications, while the others were focused on reducing loss of independence. The common thread among the articles – safety within the home.
If the goal is to keep our seniors safe and reduce loss of independence, we need to extend safety outside the home. More specifically, there is no greater loss of independence than the ability to perform the most basic daily living activity – using the toilet. While there are products to assist with toilet safety inside the home, this curtails independence and socialization outside the home. Or, as I like to say, we need to focus on “toilet safety at home … and beyond”.
Below is my blog post from May 31. 2016.
Toilet Safety – At Home and Beyond
We often hear about prolonging independence in our senior population with fall prevention being a major concern. With nearly 50 million adults over the age of 65 in the U.S., the National Institute on Aging (NIA) reports that more than one in three of these seniors fall each year. 80% of these falls occur in the bathroom and “25% have a chance of dying within six months to a year if it results in breaking a hip.” This is horrific … and avoidable.
To prevent falls in the home, many use a commode, raised toilet seat, or toilet safety frame. Unfortunately, these products are large, cumbersome and designed only for in-home use. The risk of a debilitating fall increases significantly when attempting to use a toilet without these assistive products. For some, the fear of falling or the frustration and embarrassment of not being able to safely (and discreetly) use a toilet away from home can be overwhelming, resulting in a more reclusive lifestyle. It is very simple: If toilet safety products are needed inside the home, they will be required outside the home. To truly promote independence, bathroom safety must extend beyond the home.
Free2Go Mobility Products recently launched the Free2Go Rollator – combining bathroom safety AND mobility. This innovative product allows the aging and mobility impaired to confidently use a toilet in any restroom – at home, in the homes of others, and in public restrooms. The 3-in-1 benefits consist of a walking aid, raised toilet seat and toilet safety frame, making it the ideal travel companion.
Free2Go Mobility Products strives to restore dignity … and make life-threatening accidents avoidable.