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Bathrooms have unforgiving and slippery surfaces, and few dependable things to grasp onto, which greatly increases the chances for harm.

– Rein Tideiksaar Ph.D.


8 Basic Bathroom Items for Aging in Place

1. Small bathroom chair

2. Non-Slip Bath Mats

3. Hand-held Showerhead

4. Auto sensor-Night Light

5. Pump Soap

6. Grab Bars

7. Toilet Riser

8. Doorknobs/faucets Lever handles

VIDEO: How to Make the Bathroom Safer for Your Elderly Parent

Top 10 Aging in Place Bathroom Fixes

 1. Anti-scald controls: Anti-scald valves have been required by code for years, but older homes may not have them.

See: The Family Handyman

 2. Curbless Shower: A Water dam keeps moisture in drainage areas and away from dry floors while allowing rolling chairs access to the shower. Or the Roman Shower without a rim sloped toward the drain/infinity drain.

See: Choosing Universal Design Bath Fixtures

3. Enough clearance: Space enough for a wheelchair to get through the door and 180-degree turn in a bathroom = at least 5 feet of open space (unlockable doors from outside/open out-not in)

See: The ABCs of Accessibility INC

4. Grab bars: New generation grab bars combine form and function. Many double as towel and toilet roll holders; the designs are non-stigmatizing and simply delightful.

See: Grab Bar Specialists

5. Hand-held shower: A hand-held shower is a must for all ages and especially for those with physical challenges. A key element is to make sure the hand-held sprayer can reach your feet when seated on a shower bench (also can double as a bidet).

See: Handheld Showerhead Installation (purchase here)

6. Shower Bench: A place to sit while you bathe.

See: The Teak Shower Seat

7. Slip-resistant floor: Keep floors dry, use non-skid mats under throw rugs (if they must have them), or you can apply slip-resistant floor treatments.

See: Slip Resistant Solutions (non-affiliated with use at your own risk)

8. Lighting: Add a Vanity Light Mirror (non-glare), and make sure the pathway from the bedroom to the bathroom is lit up with nightlights in the hallway.

See: Mr Beams STICK anywhere LED Nightlights Video

9. Tall toilets. Try a commode that is 16 to 18 inches high compared to standard 14- or 15-inch high seats; referred to as “comfort height” or chair height seats (not best for all people).

See: Comfort Height Toilets (purchase here)

10. Wall-mounted sinks. Wheelchairs and walkers can easily slide under sinks that are mounted on the wall. There are no cabinets or pedestal which translates to more leg room.

See: How to Install a Wall Mount Bathroom Sink by Lowe’s (non-affiliate)

consumer affairs: Making Bathrooms Safe for Seniors (recommend)

*Place a telephone or moisture-proof call-alert system in the bathroom; just in case.