Bathroom Safety for Seniors, Raised Toilet Seats, Bath Seats

Elevated Toilet Seat for Safer Bathroom

Elevated Toilet Seat for Safer Bathroom

Transfer Bench for Safer Showers
Transfer Bench for Safer Showers

Bathrooms are statistically the most likely room in the home where a senior will have an accident or injury, particularly a fall.  Many of these falls are attributed to using the bath or shower, others to the toilet. Improving safety in this room will give everyone more peace of mind and help seniors maintain independence.

Start with simple and inexpensive changes that are instant safety improvements such as brighter light bulbs (if the fixtures are rated for higher wattage bulbs) and adding an inexpensive night light.  Many cordless phones have an independent  handset that could be mounted on an accessible wall.  Floors must  be kept clear of tripping hazards and shelves and counters cleared of all but absolutely necessary items to reduce the chance of dropped items which leads to bending and falling.  Frequently used items including first aid products should be easy to retrieve without extra reaching and bending.

There are a large variety of hand hold bars and non slip products that are easy to use and  sure to reduce the possibility of injuries.  Using a towel bar or shelf for support is likely to contribute to an accident.  Products such as permanently mounted grab bars and hand holds require secure mounting/installation to walls in the proper location for maximum benefit but this is a relatively simple home improvement project for a do it yourselfer.  Try searching the internet using the keywords “grab bar” to quickly find many online sellers of a variety of styles to match most decors.  You will also find information about where to place them for maximum benefit and safety.   If the bath or shower enclosure can accommodate it,  a simpler choice might be to select two or three high quality suction mounted handles that will adhere to very smooth wall and tub surfaces (pay very close attention to mounting instructions).   Try searching using the keywords “suction grab bar”  or visit a local home improvement center, hardware store or even large pharmacy for any of these products.   Adding a non slip bath mat or adhesive non slip strips in the tub or shower  (available in most department stores or large pharmacies) are quick and inexpensive ways to reduce possible slipping without dramatically altering the appearance of the bath.

Getting into, out of and using a bathtub/shower enclosure is much safer for many people if they use a transfer bench and handheld shower.  Using a bench greatly reduces the unsteadiness and tripping potential of stepping over the tub edge and allows a seated position during bathing which reduces the chance of slipping.  To use this simple and safe bench,  a person sits on the end of the bench outside the tub, slides themselves over the tub edge  and into the bathtub/shower enclosure, all the time remaining seated.   Here is a very good example of a bench that is height adjustable and supports up to 300 lbs.

To improve safety when using the toilet, an easy to install elevated toilet seat (add as little as  2-3 inches to the height of the toilet seat) reduces strain, discomfort and possible balance issues when sitting or standing.   These are examples of some of the many elevated seats available, you’ll see that some even include handles, , , and

Take some time to assess the safety needs of any seniors and schedule some time to eliminate the easy to change hazards as soon as possible.

If you have questions about any of the suggestions offered please don’t hesitate to call 877.538.6568 or post a comment


1 Response to “Bathroom Safety for Seniors, Raised Toilet Seats, Bath Seats”

  1. 1 alejandro November 7, 2009 at 10:11 am

    I recommend this to all who need a raised seat.
    Brought it with me to Fla/ and it alleviated alot of
    anxiety re: use of low seats.

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