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Tips to Help the Elderly through Their Medical Tests

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Issues of Safety

Falls are common and especially serious in people over age 65, and bathrooms can be particularly hazardous. Pay attention to safety when you are collecting a urine or stool sample, particularly for individuals who have mobility or vision problems. Your focus on the collection process may prevent you from noticing hazards or unsafe conditions in the room, so gather what you need and plan ahead.

Tripping — Before you begin, you can remove scatter rugs and loose mats.

Slipping — Be on guard for spills and a slippery or wet floor.

Falls — Encourage use of grab bars or other supports near the toilet area to help prevent injuries from falls.

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