Improving Bathroom Safety Among Community Dwelling Older Adults
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by Julia L. Murphy and Ann M. Steffenâ€”University of Missouri â€“St. Louis
Category: Developmental, Health
We randomly assigned older adults to receive mailed educational materials about prevention of falls in the bathroom (n = 87), or no materials (n = 89). After 4 weeks, we contacted participants by telephone to assess self-reported change and intention to install bathroom safety features, as well as self-efficacy for maintaining physical balance. Compared to control participants, intervention participants were more likely to report making actual bathroom safety improvements, intent to take action, and serious intent to add safety features. These intentions were also related to self-efficacy for maintaining balance. Safety intervention materials can be tailored for specific populations while at the same time being fiscally sensitive.