I Hear You Knockin’- Consider Keeping that Bathroom Door Unlocked

by Bruce Montgomery Ph.D. February 29, 2016

I Hear You Knockin’- Consider Keeping that Bathroom Door Unlocked

“But You Can’t Come In”

Short quiz …

Q: Where do most home accidents occur? A: The bathroom.

Q: What is one of the most common bathroom hazards? A: Slipping in the tub or shower.

Q: Why do you lock the door when you take a shower? A: Because someone may walk in and see me naked.

Q: Why should you keep your bathroom door unlocked? A: So that someone can get in right away if I need help.

Listen – being seen naked is a lot better than not getting the help you may need if you fall in the tub or shower. Keep the door unlocked. Make others in the house promise to knock before entering a closed bathroom door. Put up a sign if you want. "Occupied! No entry without permission or a darn good reason?" There are door handles without locks. Installing one may also be a good idea. “You hear me fallin’, please do come in.” And now a helper can do so quickly.

*Note: Fall prevention efforts can reduce the risk of falling. Caregivers and older homeowners can become knowledgeable about what needs to be done to make homes as fall-proof as possible. Check here often and search for product ideas that can make you safer in your home!

Bruce Montgomery Ph.D.
Bruce Montgomery Ph.D.


Dr. Bruce Montgomery is a licensed building contractor in Michigan and Florida. He is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist as designated by the National Association of Home Builders. He has also achieved an Executive Certificate in Home Modification from the University of Southern California. He has a wide ranging educational background, including a Master of Science degree in Entomology, with a Master of Science degree in Forestry and a Ph.D. in educational administration.