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Bathroom safety - adults

Alternative names

Older adult bathroom safety

What to consider at home

Staying safe in the bathroom is important for people with joint pain, muscle weakness, or physical disability. If you have any of these issues, you will need to take precaution in your bathroom.

Bath or shower

To protect yourself when you take a bath or shower:

The toilet

Raising the toilet seat height can help prevent falls. You can do this by adding an elevated toilet seat. You can also use a commode chair instead of a toilet.

Consider a special seat called a portable bidet. It helps you clean your bottom without using your hands. It sprays warm water to clean, then warm air to dry.

Safety bars for the bath and toilet

You may need to have safety bars in your bathroom. Grab bars should be secured vertically or horizontally to the wall, not diagonally.

Do not use towel racks as grab bars. They cannot support your weight.

You will need two grab bars: one to help you get in and out of the tub, and another to help you stand from a sitting position.

When to call the doctor

If you are not sure what changes you need to make in your bathroom, ask your doctor for a referral to an occupational therapist. The occupational therapist can visit your bathroom and make safety recommendations.

References

Denson, KM. Home care. In: Duthie EH, Katz PR, Malone ML, eds. Practice of Geriatrics. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2007:chap 10.

Rubenstein LZ, Dillard D. Falls. In: Ham RJ Jr., Sloane PD, Warshaw GA, et al., eds. Ham's Primary Care Geriatrics: A Case-Based Approach.. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2013:chap 20.


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