Care recipient (cr) has lost balance and fallen at night when toileting or is afraid of doing this

Try: Remove objects from the direct path from the bed to the bathroom that could cause the cr to trip lose balance and fall while walking to the bathroom throw rugs furniture clutter shoes clothing and so on place the needed items for walking on a bedside table at the side and head of the cr’s bed plug in night lights that will illuminate the cr’s walking path from the bed to the bathroom if the cr fears having an accident due to incontinence before getting to the bathroom provide incontinence products as appropriate adult disposable underwear and additional insert as needed encourage the cr to use the toilet right before bedtime encourage the cr to move slowly when changing positions from lying to sitting to standing encourage cr to follow these safe steps sit at the edge of the bed to put on footwear put on glasses if needed reach for assistive device for walking if needed rise slowly from sit to standing walk slowly to the bathroom turn slowly into a position to sit on the toilet the cr should feel the back of his or her legs touching the toilet before sitting down rise slowly after toileting use assistive device to return slowly to bed turn slowly at the bedside and sit slowly after back of legs touch the bed remove glasses and slippers and return to the bedside stand place the assistive device with reach of the bedside

Materials: Assistive device if used for balance walker cane and so on sturdy footwear rubber sole slippers and shoes eye glasses if needed to see at night night lights incontinence products adult disposable underwear and additional insert if needed

Categories: Medical Physical, Some Supervision, Maximum Supervision, Fully Aware, Somewhat Aware

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Keywords: Nighttime safety hazards in the home going to the bathroom toileting

*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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