Slip and fall accidents are a leading cause of serious injury and death among the elderly, and the risk of suffering a slip and fall accident increases as you age. One place that is notoriously dangerous for the elderly is the bathroom. Porcelain and enamel bathtubs, and hard tile floors like terrazzo and marble, can be extremely slippery when wet. You can decrease the amount of slipperiness by treating the bathtub and tiled floor with anti-slip treatment agents designed to raise the friction level of the surfaces. Here is how to make bathtubs and bathroom floors safer for the elderly to walk on.
You can purchase anti-slip bathtub and floor agents at your local hardware or floor care store. The directions might change a little bit between products, but you'll typically follow these procedures to treat bathtubs and hard-tile floors (soft ceramic tiles typically aren't strong enough to withstand the anti-slipping treatment chemical agents).
Use a floor wax remover to remove any nonslip floor wax you may have applied to the floor to make it less slippery. Rinse thoroughly with water and wash the bathtub and tiles down with a gently household cleaner. Rinse again to remove any residue from the cleaner.
Pour the anti-slip treatment on to the floor and wipe it around with a damp mop.
Scrub the treatment into the tiles with a floor scrubber fitted with a green pad. Let the treatment sit on the tiles per manufacturer's instructions.
Rinse floor with clean water.
For more information about how to keep your elderly loved ones safe and happy, talk to an employee of a retirement home, such as Concord Retirement Residence.Share
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