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Bathroom Safety

Older adults and people with medical problems are at risk of falling or tripping. This can result in broken bones or more serious injuries. According to the CDC, falls among adults 65 and older caused over 34,000 deaths in 2019, making it the leading cause of injury death for that group.The bathroom is a place in the home where falls often happen. Making changes in your bathroom helps lower your risk of falling. MedlinePlus offers a bathroom safety guide to help you avoid these types of falls and injuries.

What to Consider at Home

Staying safe in the bathroom is important for people with joint pain, muscle weakness, or physical disability. If you have any of these issues, you will need to take precautions in your bathroom. Remove all floor coverings and anything that blocks the entry.

Bath or Shower

To protect yourself when you take a bath or shower:

  • Put non-slip suction mats or rubber silicone decals in the bottom of your tub to prevent falls.

  • Use a non-skid bath mat outside the tub for firm footing.

  • If you do not already have one, install a single lever on your faucet to mix hot and cold water together.

  • Set the temperature on your water heater to 120°F (49°C) to prevent burns.

  • Sit on a bath chair or bench when taking a shower.

  • Keep the floor outside the tub or shower dry.

The Toilet

Always urinate sitting down and don't get up suddenly after urinating.

Raising the toilet seat height can help prevent falls. You can do this by adding an elevated toilet seat. You can also use a commode chair instead of a toilet.

Consider a special seat called a portable bidet. It helps you clean your bottom without using your hands. It sprays warm water to clean, then warm air to dry.

Safety Bars for the Bath and Toilet

You may need to have safety bars in your bathroom. These grab bars should be secured vertically or horizontally to the wall, not diagonally.

Do not use towel racks as grab bars. They can't support your weight.

You will need two grab bars: one to help you get in and out of the tub, and another to help you stand from a sitting position.

When to Call the Doctor

If you are not sure what changes you need to make in your bathroom, ask your healthcare provider. They will have the knowledge to point you in the right direction or refer you to another member of the Campbell County Health team.


Home Medical Resources also has staff committed to helping people live better lives by offering the best medical technology, supplies and service. With over 40 years of experience, they are more than happy to help each patient customize their needs.


To find the most up to date and practical bathroom safety equipment, visit Home Medical Resources on 901 W. Second Street, in Gillette, Wyoming. We carry:

  • Benches

  • Commodes

  • Safety frames

  • Shower chairs

  • Toilet seats

  • And more…


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