Ways to Make Bathrooms a Safer Place

Homes should be safe havens. But each year injuries in and around the home contribute to millions of medical visits and many fatalities each year.
Although anywhere in a home can be the scene of an accident, bathrooms tend to be the most dangerous room in the house. Slippery tile, the presence of water and many sharp and hard edges in a small space pose several different hazards in the bathroom, particularly for young children and people age 65 and up. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says falls, which can result in serious injuries like hip fractures and head trauma, are the cause of 80 percent of all bathroom accidents.

Your friends at A to Z Dependable Services want you to be safe by following these simple tips.
Many bathroom accidents are preventable with some easy modifications.
Reduce slippery surfaces. Wet tile is a recipe for slick conditions. Bath rugs with rubber backing can provide traction in the bathroom, as can nonslip mats placed on the floor of the bathtub or shower enclosure. Water-resistant flooring made from recycled rubber is another option. It is softer, less slippery and more forgiving than traditional tile flooring.
Install lever-style fixtures. Round knobs in the bathroom can be difficult to grasp, especially for the elderly or those with arthritis. Lever-style fixtures are easier to maneuver and can help alleviate scalding from not being able to adequately adjust the water temperature.
Utilize transfer benches and shower seats. A transfer bench can help reduce injuries that occur when trying to climb over a tub wall. Benches are placed outside of the tub and a person sits and then swings his legs over the ledge. Transfer benches also can be used in conjunction with shower seats. This is a chair or bench that allows people to sit while they shower.
Install grab bars. Properly installed grab bars around the shower and toilet area can provide leverage and stability. AARP says many injuries to seniors occur when they are attempting to sit or get up from the toilet. Grab bars or an elevated toilet seat can help.
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Bathroom safety should be made a priority. Various modifications can make bathrooms safer for people of all ages.
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Medication safety for older adults

aaa11.orgOne in three Americans who use prescription medications is an older adult. Older adults also account for three out of 10 adults who use non-prescription (or over-the-counter) medications. Older adults are also more likely to take multiple medications prescribed by several health care providers. This puts older adults at increased risk for reactions, such as falls, depression, confusion and malnutrition. Further, research has shown that three out of five older adults take their prescriptions improperly, including skipping doses, not filling prescriptions and not following the prescriber's directions.
For these reasons, and more, medication safety becomes increasingly important as we age. Older Ohioans should be active participants in their health care, along with their health care providers, pharmacists and family members or other caregivers. Doing so can help you or your loved ones be healthier and more active.
Take, store and dispose of medications safely
Owning and taking medications comes with the responsibility to use the medicine as intended and prevent others from intentionally or unintentionally being exposed to it. This includes all types of medications, such as pills, capsules, gels, chewables, liquids, creams, eye or ear drops, nasal sprays, inhalers, vitamins and dietary supplements.
When medications can cause harm
While medications are generally intended to make us feel better by treating disease or managing symptoms, they can be harmful in some situations. As we age, our bodies change and can respond to medications differently than when we were younger, making older adults more vulnerable to overdose and side effects. Many older Ohioans take three or more medications, which increases the potential for errors, misuse, interactions and side effects. Further, age-related conditions and situations can make it harder for older adult to take their medicines exactly as prescribed. Examples include memory loss, issues with attention, poor eyesight, problems swallowing and more.
Pain management
According to the 2018 Ohio Health Issues Poll, about 3 out of 10 Ohioans have been prescribed a pain reliever in the past five years. People who rate their health as fair or poor are 18% more likely to be prescribed pain releivers than those who rate their health as good or excellent. One in 10 Ohioans who have been prescribed pain relievers say their prescriber gave them more medicine than they needed.
Treating pain in older adults can present significant challenges. When an older adult has a number of chronic conditions, some may affect which drugs they can use, while others may require medications that may put these people at a higher risk for drug interactions.

New Medicare Cards Protect Your Personal Information
In April 2018, Medicare began mailing new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare to help protect you from identity fraud. Fraudsters are always looking for ways to get your Social Security Number so they are removing Social Security Numbers from all Medicare cards to make them safer.
Your new card will have a new Medicare Number that’s unique to you. However, your Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same. And there’s more good news – Medicare will automatically mail your new card at no cost to the address you have on file with Social Security. There’s nothing you need to do! If you need to update your official mailing address, visit your online “my Social Security account”.
Once you get your new Medicare card, take these three steps to make it harder for someone to steal your information and identity:
1. Destroy your old Medicare card right away.
2. Use your new card. Doctors, other health care providers, and plans approved by Medicare know that Medicare is replacing the old cards. They are ready to accept your new card when you need care.
3. Beware of people contacting you about your new Medicare card and asking you for your Medicare Number, personal information, or to pay a fee for your new card. Treat your Medicare Number like you treat your Social Security or credit card numbers.
Remember, Medicare will never contact you uninvited to ask for your personal information.
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