Bathing

  • Bathtubs and shower stalls should have at least two handrails to hold on to as you get in and out.
  • Handrails should be professionally installed when possible.
  • Never use the towel bar, soap dish, or faucet as a handrail.
  • If you sit on a tub transfer bench or shower chair while showering, use a hand held showerhead.
  • All bathtubs and shower stalls should have a non-skid rubber bath mat.
  • All bath rugs should have a rubber backing. Try kitchen rugs instead of bath rugs, as they tend to be thinner.
  • Don’t use bar soap! It is slippery and hard to hold and can leave a slippery film on the floor for you to accidentally slip on. Use pump soaps instead.
  • Keep a nightlight on in the bathroom.
  • If you are alone, bring a cordless phone with you so you can call for help if you need it.

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Medical content reviewed by: Nina Browner, MD—Medical Director of the NPF Center of Excellence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in North Carolina and by Fernando Pagan, MD—Medical Director of the NPF Center of Excellence at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

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