Ten Products to Improve Your Safety in the Shower

by Bruce Montgomery Ph.D. November 27, 2016

Ten Products to Improve Your Safety in the Shower

Do you prefer to shower or bathe? As reported by Kevin Voigt of Nerd Wallet (Bursting the Bath Bubble: Americans Now Much Prefer Showers, April 25, 2014), showers are winning the popularity contest with architects and environmentalists:

“the American Institute of Architects … found that people are seeking more shower space: 62% and 61% of home architects reported an increased interest in walk-in showers and stall showers without tubs, respectively.

Interest in bathtubs has long been circling the drain in hotels. Holiday Inn “has gone from roughly 95% of its newly built hotels having tubs a decade ago to only 55% of new structures featuring them now,” USA Today reported in 2012. “Marriott plans for 75% of the chain’s rooms to have showers only. And Hotel Indigo, a 6-year-old upscale chain, never had tubs, except perhaps in suites.”

This is a victory for environmentalists: A shower uses 10 to 25 gallons of water, whereas a bath takes up to 70 gallons, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.”

Seniors may also prefer showers over baths because it is physically easier to step in and out of a low- or no-threshold shower as opposed to getting into and out of a bathtub with high slippery sides.

At Safety In Place, we recognize that many homes have tub-shower combinations. Regardless whether you have a walk-in shower or a bathtub, if you prefer to take showers, here are some of our products to help prevent falls.

1.Ponte Giulio Grab Bars

Ponte Giulio Grab Bars inside and outside the bathing area! First step - check out our blogs and tips on choosing, using and installing grab bars. Second step – find and buy one or more of our state-of-the-art affordable grab bars in many different colors, finishes, shapes and styles such as this one for corners that comes in various sizes and five colors

2. The Stander Security Pole & Curve Grab Bar


The Stander Security Pole & Curve Grab Bar is tension mounted so it can be placed anywhere in the home - no screws or bolts required. The Curve Grab Bar has 4-Handgrips that make it easy to grip when entering or exiting the shower area. The grab bar rotates 360 degrees so you can move the grab bar out of the way when not in use. 

3. Folding Universal Sliding Transfer Bench

Folding Universal Sliding Transfer Bench from Drive Medical offers an easy way to transfer in and out of the tub. The bench slides left and right along the frame, and comes equipped with a seat belt for added safety. 

4. Shower Chairs, Benches and Stools

Shower chairs, benches and stools. We offer a variety of aids that provide a place to sit in the shower. Here’s a stool with a padded seat that rotates and has no arms or back.

5. Slip Resistant Bath Mat

Slip resistant bath mat. Shower and tub floors become slippery especially when water and soap are added to the mix. This bath mat from Drive Medical holds securely to your tub or shower floor with multiple suction cups, allowing for a slip-free bathing experience. Its soft rubber mat is as easy to clean and can be rolled up for storage.

6. Slip Resistant Self-Adhesive Treads

Slip resistant self-adhesive treads. Or you can choose our easy to install, self-adhesive treads that add a textured, no-slip surface to shower floors.

7. The Handheld Shower Head Spray Massager

The Handheld Shower Head Spray Massager by Drive Medical was designed to provide the user with three water flow options for a spa like experience when showering. The 84" Mylar reinforced hose is durable and allows for maneuverability increasing control over your bathing experience. Especially helpful when using a chair, bench, or stool.

8. Shower Tub Chair Bathroom Safety Bundle

Shower Tub Chair Bathroom Safety Bundle from Drive Medical is the perfect all-in-one solution for your bathroom safety needs. Providing support for bathing, this bundle includes a bath bench with back, carry back for bath bench, a shower spray with hose and diverter valve, a rotating suction cup grab bar, and bathtub mat. 

9. The Portable Bath Step

The Portable Bath Step by Drive Medical makes getting in and out of the bath tub easy and safe. It adds a 4" boost with an attractive, slip-resistant textured soft top and rubber feet, ensuring user safety and comfort. Remember to use someone or something to hold onto such as a caregiver or a grab bar.

10. The Bellavita Auto Bath Tub Chair Seat

The Bellavita Auto Bath Tub Chair Seat Lift is the perfect remedy for those who still long for an occasional bath but need help lowering and raising into and out of the bathtub water. The rechargeable lithium battery-operated Bellavita lowers to 2.3"and reaches 18.8" for deeper tubs. 

 Other ways to stay safe in the shower include:

  • Setting the proper water temperature on your water tank or installing an anti-scald valve on faucets
  • Using easy to reach, grip and operate shower controls
  • Ensuring that lighting is adequate so that you can see where you are stepping or grabbing
  • Using GFCI outlets everywhere in the bathroom
  • Keeping the door unlocked while showering in case of an emergency

Although the bathroom is the most common room for slips and falls, you can help make your showering experience safer with products from Safety In Place.




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

Author

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.