Monday, January 6, 2014

Crucial Bathtub Safety Tips For Your Senior

A warm bath is a relaxing and comforting experience, particularly on a cold day. However, the bathtub can pose a hazard for your senior. In fact, The National Safety Council states that more than 400 people drown in bathtubs each year.1 This does not account for the hundreds more who slip and injure themselves entering or exiting the tub. To keep your elderly loved one safe as they enjoy a bath, keep these tips in mind:

Install a bath rail

A bath rail is an essential device that helps to ensure that your senior gets in and out of the tub safely. There are many different styles to choose from, and they are able to fit over the tub without doing permanent damage to its structure. Grab bars are also useful. They come in a number of different lengths, and give the elderly individual something to hold on to in the event that they start to slip. 

Both of these tools help seniors to keep their balance, and can be used to stop a fall before it happens. Remember that towel bars are not sufficient substitutes for bath rails and grab bars. Senior care professionals encourage families to have these tools professionally installed to ensure that they are set up properly. 

Invest in a bathtub chair

According to those who work in home care, Asheville-Hendersonville families should think about investing in a bathtub bench or chair that assists an elderly individual as they enter and exit the tub. These products have legs that sit both inside and outside the tub, and allow the senior to sit on the bench and slide across, thus making getting in and out less dangerous. 

Mechanical bath lifts are also helpful as elderly individuals get in and out of the tub, note eldercare professionals. There are battery or water-powered lifts, though battery-operated models are preferable as they cut down on the risk of mold developing within the device. 

Also, home care professionals encourage families to install non-slip treads or a bath mat inside the tub to cut down on fall risks. This is useful for all family members, and not just elderly individuals. Keeping tubs clean can also make bathing safer, as soap scum or mold buildup can quickly make the surface slick and dangerous.


  1. My mother is getting a bit older and has been getting sicker as well. We are always worried that she will fall and hurt herself, and based on your information here it seems to be a great idea to get a bathtub. I think I will look more in to the walk in tubs to see if it would be worth it for my mother.

  2. I remember when my grandma first got one of these tubs. She was so nervous about it. We got it for her for Christmas. Her husband got her a tub chair and that really helped.

  3. I'd say that baths are one thing that you should be especially careful with when there's a senior involved. Given that, both of these suggestions are really good in terms of improving safety for them. Aside from installing a bathtub chair and rail, there are also special walk-in tubs that you can have installed. Whatever can be afforded to make the bathroom safer for them is money well spent.
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  4. As we have watched my grandmother age, my family has been careful to make sure she has the things in her home that she needs. However, we hadn't even considered a bath rail until one of her neighbors fell in her tub and broke her arm. Not wanting my grandmother to have to endure the same thing, we recently invested in a bath rail for her. Hopefully we can avoid any injury as she gets older and her mobility decreases!

  5. Hello,
    I really liked your post...The way you have defined all the tips regarding bathroom safety is quite useful. Keep posting. Thank you too much.......