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Possible Hazard Yes Suggestions Is the path from the bedroom to the bathroom dark? Nightlights can be helpful in lighting the way. Are towel racks used to balance or grab onto while getting in or out of the bathtub/shower? Towel racks may not be mounted well enough to support a person's weight. Install grab rails in the appropriate places. Is it difficult to stand during a shower? A shower seat allows older adults to shower without getting tired of standing or risking a fall because of dizziness. Is the shower floor and/or bathtub slippery? Install non-skid strips or a non-slip mat. Is there any water on the floor after a bath/shower? Are there leaks from the tub/ shower? Patch leaks with caulk or other appropriate materials. Wipe up water immediately to prevent slipping. Use a bath mat with a slip resistant backing. Is it necessary to reach far or turn around to get towels, shampoo, and soap? A shower/bath storage unit that attaches to the side of the tub or shower wall can reduce the need to reach or turn around to get things. Is it difficult to get on and off the toilet? It may be helpful to raise the seat and/or install handrails. Replace the toilet with a higher toilet and/or install handrails. Bathroom Home Safety Checklist for Fall Hazards This room-by-room checklist highlights possible fall hazards. If you mark "Yes" to any of these questions, consider the suggestions to help reduce your chances of falling. 1 www.moveforwardpt.com 1

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