Look for a safe bath or shower mat that securely sticks to the tub surface, has a textured surface to reduce slipping, drains well, fits your tub or shower, and is antibacterial and machine washable for easy cleaning. Even better, choose a mat that also is BPA-free! Avoid soft, fabric mats and any bathroom rugs.
Shower chairs, aka bath seats or shower seats, are important products for reducing falls in the tub and shower because they give you a place to sit while showering. Look for a shower chair with a back and arms for support, adjustable height legs, and that dries quickly. Here are the best shower chairs based on my experience.
Shower transfer benches, aka shower benches and tub transfer benches, help you get in and out of the tub easier because you don’t have to step over the tub wall. Instead, you sit on the bench outside the tub, then scoot or slide into the shower area. The best bath transfer benches have sliding bath seats with arms and backrests for support and safety.
Before buying this type of equipment, think about what your needs are. Are you having trouble using the toilet? Are showers becoming more difficult? Do you miss taking a bath? Are arthritis and weakness affecting your ability to care for yourself? You should discuss your needs and choices with your doctor too.
Tall toilets have seats that are 16″ to 20″ from the floor to help elderly people get off the toilet easier. Before buying a new toilet, know how much space you have, how tall you need it to be, what style of bowl you prefer, the flushing system needed, and what your price range is.
Some easier and cheaper options to replacing a toilet are using elevated toilet seats, installing a riser under your existing toilet, using a toilet safety frame, putting a commode chair over the toilet, or even using a powered toilet lift.