The bathroom is a necessity, each and every day. While this may seem like a matter of course to the average person, even an activity as basic as taking a shower or a bath can seem daunting and even dangerous to someone with mobility issues. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year, roughly 235,000 people over the age of 15 have accidents in the bathroom, with 14 percent of them being hospitalized. More than one third of all bathroom injuries happen during a bath or a shower.
Most accidents, however, happen around and over the age of 85 years old. The bathroom is full of slippery tile surfaces that could cause a serious injury to anyone who is disabled or elderly. If the person lives alone, a slip and fall while attempting to get into or out of the shower or bath could be deadly; about 9.8 percent of bathroom injuries occur when getting out of the shower or the tub. Slippery floors in and out of the shower often cause broken bones and brain injuries among the elderly in particular, and when it is used at night, the darkness combined with the slick surfaces is also incredibly dangerous. This being said, no one wants to sacrifice their independence or their privacy; luckily, roll-in showers and walk-in tubs make it possible for the disabled to retain their mobility.