Preventing Accidents in the Bathroom

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Did you know the average person visits the toilet 2,500 times a year (6-8 times a day)?  That adds up to three whole years of life sitting on the toilet!  With all that time spent in the bathroom, it's important that you and your clients know the best ways to avoid accidents.

By studying our new inservice, "Toileting Tips", you'll feel more prepared to handle challenges such as helping an immobile client to the bathroom, caring for clients with catheters, and helping your clients cope with incontinence..  You'll also review common disorders of the urinary system and the bowel, and learn how Alzheimer's and dementia play a role in incontinence.

With nearly 200,000 bathroom accidents per year, the bathroom is by far the most dangerous room that your clients visit.  Make sure each and every one of your clients is safe by remembering what YOU can do to prevent injury in the bathroom.  Here are a couple of tips you'll find in the "Toileting Tips" inservice:

  • Clean up any water spills or leaks immediately to prevent slippery surfaces.
  • Inspect towel bars, toilet paper holders and soap dishes regularly to be sure they are securely fastened.  Even though it's not a safe practice, clients may grab onto these items to try to steady themselves or to prevent a fall.
  • Never make a client wait to use the toilet.  It's embarrasing to have an accident and may lead to an unsafe attempt to use the bathroom without assistance.

If you have questions about ordering or completing this inservice, feel free to call us at 877.809.5515 and one of our helpful associates will be happy to help!


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