Bathrooms can be dangerous places because of slippery, wet surfaces. But they are more so for seniors. Seniors have less stability on their feet, and their bones are more brittle. A fall can mean a bruise for someone in their 40s, but could be deadly for a senior. Therefore, precautions should be taken for them at home.
· All bathtub and shower areas should have grab bars. They need to be installed professionally to hold up to the weight when pulled on.
· Showers and tubs should have rubber mats or some other non-slip surface.
· Vertical grab bars from floor to ceiling are helpful in larger areas.
· Areas should be kept clean because mildew and soap scum make surfaces even more slippery.
· Floors should be kept dry. Make sure the shower curtain is kept securely inside the tub so no water splashes out.
· Use a transfer chair for the tub or shower if you are unstable on your feet.
· Allow plenty of time to bathe. Rushing can cause falls.