Must-Have Bathroom Safety Products for Seniors

Mar 30, 2016

Must-Have Bathroom Safety Products for Seniors

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One in three individuals over the age of 65 will fall this year, and 80 percent of those falls will happen in the bathroom. Therefore, bathroom safety is crucial to health and wellbeing of seniors. Sometimes this means providing seniors with the tools necessary to feel safe while they bathe, shower, or use the toilet.

Must-Have Safety Bathroom Safety Products

Raised Toilet Seat

Price Range: $30.00 to $70.00

Raised toilet seats are great for seniors who have trouble lowering themselves onto the toilet, and assist in prevention of bathroom falls. Typically, these seats are relatively inexpensive and comfortably clip directly onto the current toilet seat. Most raised toilet seats have a lock so that they do not move while in use, and are easily removable when the senior is finished.

Featured: Drive Medical Raised Toilet Seat with Lock (4 in.) – Walgreen’s – $50.00

Grab Bars

Price Range: $15.00 to $30.00

Grab bars provide seniors with an extra sense of safety, and provide durable support if they begin to feel dizzy or unstable. Grab bars can be installed in the shower or tub, as well as near the toilet. Grab bars are typically inexpensive, and can be found in many styles and colors to match perfectly with the current bathroom décor.

Featured: 24-Inch Concealed Grab Bar – Home Depot – $18.60

Adjustable Shower Chair/ Bench

Price Range: $60.00 to $250.00

Shower chairs or benches provide seniors with a stable and reliable place to sit in the shower, whether the individual needs to sit the entire shower, or would simply like to take breaks from standing during the bathing process. Shower chairs range in style and price.

Featured: Padded Seat Transfer Bench by Drive Medical – Parent Giving – $100.00

Toilet Support Rails

Price Range: $25.00 to $45.00

Support rails help seniors feel safe and secure while they are using the bathroom, as well as assisting in lowering themselves onto the toilet and standing up again. Support rails are easily attached to the senior’s current toilet, and are easily removable for those that don’t need them.

Featured: Toilet Safety Rail – Careline Medical – $30.45

Hand-held Portable Shower Heads

Price Range: $30.00 to $60.00

Hand-held and removable showerheads allow seniors to properly bathe their entire bodies while standing or sitting in a position that is comfortable for them. Portable showerheads will lessen the likelihood of a bathroom fall.

Featured: Moen Hand-held Shower Head – Parent Giving – $49.99

Wiping Aids

Price Range: $20.00 to $40.00

Wiping aids allow seniors that have problems reaching certain areas to feel clean after using the restroom. Wiping aids are typically inexpensive, and any toilet paper or tissue can be used with the wiping aid.

Featured: Bottom Buddy Tissue Aid – Amazon – $34.99

Non-slip Mats

Price Range: $15.00 to $50.00

Non-slip bath mats are a safety measure that everyone should take, but particularly seniors. This allows the senior to get traction and feel safe on an otherwise slippery surface. These bath mats come in all shapes, sizes and colors and tend to be inexpensive.

Featured: Homecraft Sure Tread Bath Mat – Patterson Medical – $35.40

Walk-in Tubs

Price Range: $2,000 to $5,000

Walk in tubs tend to be rather expensive, although they may be necessity when it comes to safety for seniors with low mobility. These tubs come in all shapes and sizes, and these tubs can often be place in or on top of the senior’s current tub.

Featured: Walk-in Soaking Tub – Home Depot – $2,641.08

Body/Hair Washing Aids

Price Range: $15.00 to $40.00

Hair and body washing aids assist seniors in washing areas of their bodies that they may be unable to reach comfortably or unable to reach at all. These help aids range in price and function.

Featured: ETAC Back Washer – AliMed – $26.75

Cleansing Washcloths/Wipes

Price Range: $5.00 to $45.00

Cleansing washcloths allow seniors to wash certain areas of their body without fully immersing themselves into the bath or shower. These wipes come from many respected brands, and vary as far as price is concerned.

Featured: Attends Washcloths (48 count) – Parent Giving – $9.49

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