For anyone with limited mobility, the bathroom can present a real challenge. Not only is it small and difficult to maneuver through, it’s often very slippery. It’s one of the most common places for slips and falls in the house. If you or a loved one feels unsafe in the bathroom, here are 5 ways you can make it easier to use.
Use Non-Slip Mats
Non-slip mats are designed to give you better traction as you move around in your bathroom. Not only can they be used in your tub and shower combo, they can be used on the rest of the floor as well. Typically made of a material like rubber, they provide a firm grip and are much safer than tile, even when they’re wet.
Keep Items in Easy Reach
A bathroom makeover might be just what you need to make it a safer space. One of the most important things you can do is to keep commonly used items in easy-to-reach places. You might want to install a small shelf near the toilet or hang a rack from the shower head. The less you have to move around to find what you’re looking for, the less likely you are to slip and fall. Keeping clutter off the floor is also another good way to reduce the chance of tripping.
Install Grab Bars
Grab bars provide a safe and secure place to hold onto when navigating the bathroom. They provide additional security when the floor is wet and are important to install in your tub shower combo. You should also have one installed next to your toilet, since getting on and off the toilet is another common cause of slips in the bathroom.
Raise the Toilet Seat
Since the toilet can be difficult for those with limited mobility to manage on their own, it can also help to raise the seat to make it easier to sit down and stand back up. Combined with a grab bar, it makes it much safer and easier to use the toilet.
Install a Walk-In Tub
Walk-in tubs come in many styles, but the premise is the same for all: instead of stepping over a traditional bathtub, which is usually around 20 inches high, there’s a minimal step of only a few inches to get over. You can find walk-in bathtubs, showers, or a tub and shower combo if you prefer to have the flexibility of using one or the other.