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How To Avoid Slipping In The Bathroom | More Ability

Published: 17 December 2020 · Last Updated: 12 May 2023

Recent events occurring in the past couple of years have led many of us to spend more time at home, particularly the elderly.

Unfortunately, if you don’t have adequate safety measures in place, more time spent indoors can lead to more accidents as a result of slips and falls.

Unfortunately, if you don’t have adequate safety measures in place, more time spent indoors can lead to more accidents as a result of slips and falls.

If you have an elderly parent living with you or wish to gather further information on how to further enhance their protection in the bathroom, we’ve put together a list of 9 adaptations you can make to help them avoid slipping in the bathroom.

How To Avoid Slipping In The Bathroom

When it comes to understanding how to avoid slipping in the bathroom, there are a number of available solutions. Ranging in a degree of installation requirement, we’ll offer a comprehensive overview of the 9 options, enabling you to decide which is best for you.

1. Accessible Showers

There is a range of accessible shower options which differ slightly in their design. Depending on which you choose, we’d recommend you consider installing a seat in the shower, which can help avoid slipping in the bathroom.

2. Level Access Showers

Having to step up and into a shower tray causes an imbalance, potentially leading to an elderly user losing their footing, which could result in a fall.

An installation of a mobility level access shower with a seat helps remove the risk of slipping in the bathroom. The visible anti-slip tray is sunk into the floor, creating a level access design.

3. Accessible Wet Floor Showers

An accessible wet floor shower for the elderly is purpose-built to meet specific needs and requirements. Also offering level access, the non-visible shower tray is built into the floor and covered with anti-slip vinyl or slip-resistant tiles.

To help avoid slips in the wider bathroom area, the shower is enclosed with a fitted screen, keeping water under control and within the wet area.

In addition to these two accessible shower options there are further solutions available in the form of mobility wet rooms and walk-in-baths, but for the purpose of avoiding slipping in the bathroom we feel the options we’ve presented to you are most suited.

How To Avoid Slipping In The Bathroom: Installation Of Accessible Bathroom Design Finishing Touches

If you don’t want to completely redesign your bathroom there are a range of accessible bathroom design finishing touches you can install to help avoid slipping in the bathroom.

4. Non-Slip Flooring

One of the most common causes of falls in the bathroom is a wet and/or uneven floor. Installing non-slip flooring is a quick and efficient solution to avoid slipping in a bathroom.

When considering non-slip flooring, you have two main options, both of which can be installed with either of the presented accessible shower solutions:

5. Anti-Slip Vinyl Flooring

Also known as non-slip vinyl, anti-slipvinyl flooring is easy to clean and low maintenance. A lower cost solution to floor tiles, it is available in a range of colours and designs.

6. Slip Resistant Tiles

Available in a range of textures and finishes, slip resistant tiles often include a rugged surface that improves grip and helps to avoid loss of footing.

It’s important to note that tiles can still be slippery when wet, but installing underfloor heating can help to dry tiles quicker and helps to avoid slipping in the bathroom.

7. Grab Rails

If you or a loved one struggles with mobility, any loss of balance can lead to a dangerous fall. The installation of grab rails is a quick and simple way to alleviate the risk of slipping in the bathroom, and they lend themselves perfectly to enhancing your chosen accessible shower solution.

We recommend fitting grab rails in close proximity to your most used fixtures and fittings, but they can be installed anywhere where you require additional support.

To find out more, read our comprehensive bathroom grab rails buying guide.

8. Bathroom Lighting

Poor or inadequate bathroom lighting can lead to an unfortunate slip or fall, especially if the user suffers from visual impairment. There is a range of lighting options that can help navigate around the bathroom with safety and ease, all of which can help avoid slipping in the bathroom.

The main options for bathroom lighting include:

  • Natural Light
  • Spot Lights
  • Wall Lights
  • Recessed Lighting
  • Illuminated Mirrors

In addition, and to further improve a user’s safety, we recommend incorporating motion activated sensors where possible to ensure lights turn on once someone enters the room.

If you or a loved one suffers from significant visual impairment we encourage you to read our dedicated article that highlights the five main considerations when undertaking bathroom adaptations for the visually impaired.

9. Non-Slip Bath Mats For The Elderly

A final option is the purchase and use of a non-slip bath mat. Especially important if you have a traditional bath and want to improve safety without making any permanent alterations, a non-slip bath mat for the elderly is a low-cost and easy way to help to improve grip and balance when stepping in and out of the bath.

Placed in situ as and when required, a non-slip bath mat is an ideal solution for multi-generational homes, with the added benefit that you can take it with you wherever you go.

Avoiding Slips: Final Thoughts

As a final consideration for how to avoid slipping in the bathroom, we’d always recommend that adequate shoes or footwear be worn when entering the bathroom.

Whether slippers with added grip or non-slip socks for the elderly, both of these are additions to the above that will further enhance overall bathroom safety.

We hope you found our article on how to avoid slipping in the bathroom useful and informative. If you have any questions or would like further advice on the installation of such solutions within your own home please call a friendly member of our team or book a free design appointment online.

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Garry is an experienced bathroom surveyor and designer having worked in and around the industry for 28 years; gaining invaluable experience whilst at bathroom specialist’s; Norwood & Porcelanosa.

Showing a keen interest in design & technical drawing from an early age Garry ‘fell’ into surveying bathrooms as a result of wanting to make the most of his natural abilities which involved a creative flare for design.

At Passmore’s Garry works directly with the MoreBathrooms & MoreAbility brands, surveying & designing bathroom works and solutions for the domestic homeowner.

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