Must-Have Bathroom Safety Products for Seniors
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
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
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
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
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
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