A few small changes and additions to your bathroom can often make a big difference.
And, of course, the best time to make those changes is before your first major slip or injury! Make your bathroom as safe as possible before a trip to the emergency room is necessary.
We experienced this with my own grandmother. After the first fall, she was never quite the same. So don’t make the mistake we did. We tried to make changes after the fact.
Here are just a few of the many useful bathroom accessories for seniors that you can use to make a senior or elderly person’s bathroom safer.
As a bonus, some of these also make your daily life a little easier to live.
Video Guide: Bathroom Accessories for Seniors
1. Automatic Soap Dispensers Keep Everything in Reach
Why go to the extra effort, right?
Anything that makes life a little bit easier and allows you to speed up your time in the bathroom without giving up on hygiene is a win!
I know that at this point in my life, I believe spending a little extra on convenience certainly isn’t a bad thing.
See my list of the best bath soap for seniors and the elderly here.
2. Strategically Placed Shower Grab Bars
Yeah, it didn’t take long for me to become a true believer on this one.
There are plenty of shower grab bar options out there. Too many, it seems.
There are different types too, but you must install them for maximum safety. You can call a professional to install one via drilling. You can do it yourself if you’re a bit of a handyman like me. There are actually some really great “non-drill” grab bars that use suction cups too!
But stay away from the ones that stick to the walls with adhesive strips. You might take it down with you if you grab it during the fall.
Whichever way you go, having one of these near when you’re getting in or out of the tub before or after a shower makes a world of difference. They can help stabilize you so that you keep your balance.
That not only makes things much safer but easier, as well. These really are a must-have for every bathroom!
There are tons of styles and designs to fit any bathroom.
3. Floor to Ceiling Grab Bars
The side grab bar will be enough for many of us.
But if great balance was never your thing (even during your younger years), this option offers even more sturdy support.
Basically, this pole runs from floor to ceiling with loops about chest and waist high. It gives you lots of places to grab for support.
And that is a very good thing in the bathroom where everything seems wet and slick!
These do require some installation. But, many of them are tension mounted, so the installation isn’t quite as invasive.
4. Anti-Slip Coatings for the Tubs and Floors
If you just happen to have one of those really slick tubs or really slick bathroom tile floors, then it’s worth adding some anti-slip coating.
There are coatings for the tub, ceramic tiles, and other slick bathroom surfaces. You can choose from roll-on, spread-on, and spray-on styles of coatings.
The price is relatively inexpensive (the coating and maybe a bucket and spreader), but the installation is permanent.
5. Handheld Shower Heads Put You in Control
Handheld shower heads are one of my favorite bathroom accessories for seniors. They give you lots of extra control while you are in the shower.
Instead of having to twist around and get in just the right position for the water to hit various body parts, you can use a handheld shower head. Just move it around your body and rinse it as needed.
Simple, easy, safe, and if you don’t feel like using it, just keep it on its little attachment nook on the shower wall.
This is a great accessory not just for safety but for versatility and convenience’s sake. Plus, they are a necessary accessory if you also use a shower chair.
You can read my full guide to handheld shower heads that you can read by clicking here:
6. Toilet Safety Frame w/ Support Arms
Many seniors hold out on getting toileting help because of some misplaced sense of pride. But usually, once that pride is swallowed, you’ll wish you had done this long ago.
Toilet safety rails with arms help seniors maintain their independence in the bathroom by helping them safely get up and down from the toilet. The size is adjustable depending on who is using it, and the padded armrests are comfortable. Plus, the amount of stress this saves on your knees and hips while sitting down and getting up.
These devices quickly become one of the favorite bathroom accessories for many seniors.
Like the other bathroom safety devices I’ve discussed, you must install and use these properly to improve your safety.
You can also use some bedside commodes in place of a toilet safety frame by placing them over your existing toilet.
7. Squatty Potty Toilet Stools
As I discussed earlier, having the correct toilet height is extremely important for older adults. It is also a contributing factor to some bathroom accidents.
The drawback of many taller toilets and raised toilet seats is that users can no longer reach the floor with their feet. This leads to awkward feet dangling, cutting off circulation to the upper and lower legs.
This is where toilet stools like the Squatty Potty can help. Because they are raised off of the floor, they give these folks a place to rest their feet. They may not get the full benefits of the squat position that these helpful bathroom products are known for, though.
They must also know to NEVER stand on a toilet stool. This could lead to a loss of balance, leading to a fall and potential injury. They should only rest their feet on them while sitting!
These concerns are why I recommend the Squatty Potty over other toilet stools. They are curved to fit up close against the bowl to minimize interference with people getting on and off the toilet.
I especially recommend their Moonlight model (see it here at squattypotty.com) because it has a built-in, automatic night light for those dark bathroom visits!
8. Nightlights: Light the Path Ahead
Look, these aren’t just for kids.
You know where the light switch is. But who doesn’t mind being able to see enough of the hallway and bathroom so they don’t slam their knee or shin into something unexpected?
Night lights aren’t very inexpensive to buy and operate either. They don’t add much to the power bill but are super helpful for those late-night trips to the bathroom.
I have an entire guide on nightlights for seniors you might want to read too!
9. Put No-Slip Grip Strips in Slick Areas
These sticky strips go horizontally across the middle of your bathtub and can help ensure the tub is much less slick. This gives your feet more balance and more of a grip during or after a shower.
This is another way to make the shower area a bit safer if you don’t have a shower seat or other safety options.
Even if you do, this isn’t the worst idea either! Multiple layers of safety mean a much better chance of avoiding the accidents that all of us worry about.
There are many different styles and options available for these.
10. Use Transfer Benches For Getting In and Out of the Tub
Many of my patients use these in their bathrooms and swear by them!
You put these bath benches, half in the tub area and the other half in the bathroom. You then sit down on the seat and scoot over into the tub while remaining seated. You have to lift the legs one at a time to get over the tub’s edge!
Some transfer benches even have sliding seats with rollers that keep you from having to scoot across the textured surface.
Admittedly, benches like these will not be as useful as a shower that is already customized for the handicapped or disabled.
But, if you have a normal bathtub setup, combine these with a handheld shower head to potentially save a bathroom remodel.
11. Non-Skid Mats Reduce the Chances of Slips and Trips
Having a bath mat right on the other side of the tub or outside the shower makes sense, regardless of age.
Sometimes, bath rugs and mats will move around and cause as many problems as they are supposed to solve.
There are special non-skid mats out there, though, that are smaller and thinner. They are also designed to stay in one place, providing much better footing for you.
This isn’t a bad way to go at all. Especially if you still get some splash on the bathroom floor every time you shower.
12. Emergency Aid Buttons Call for Help If You Need It!
Taking all the necessary precautions ahead of time helps you prevent the likelihood of an accident. But, you can never eliminate the chance completely.
I strongly recommend looking around for available options when it comes to emergency aid buttons. And always have one in the bathroom.
Keep in mind to put it somewhere that would make sense if you fell or got hurt. If it’s up by the medicine cabinet, that’s not going to do you a lot of good if you can’t get off the floor.
What Bathroom Accessories Do You Recommend for Seniors?
The good news is that none of these bathroom accessories for seniors are very expensive!
Give a little time and just a little money, and you can make your bathroom much safer. At the same time, you can also make it much more versatile and more convenient for yourself!
With a little research and a few adjustments, you can ensure your bathroom becomes one of the safest rooms in the house! Tools like these may make elderly people want to bathe more often because they feel safer.
What accessories have you added to your bathroom for either safety or convenience? Tell me all about it in the comments below! If this article was helpful, I’d appreciate a share on social too!