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Bath boards, grab rails and bath lifts are just a few of the products that help make the bathroom a safer place for older people.

In the Which? reviews Staying independent at home section there are articles on each of the following areas.

Bath aids: what are they?: find out about the different bath aids designed to help maintain independent living.

Bath seats and boards: when it starts becoming difficult to get in and out of the bath, it is time to look at the bath boards, benches, seats and steps that are available to make life easier. We explain how to buy the right product for your circumstances.

Bath lifts and hoists: it might be the case that your relative’s strength and mobility have declined so much that they need extra support for washing in the bath. There are various types of bath lifts and hoists suitable for different needs. We let you know your choices.

Bathroom adaptations: if a conventional bath or shower are no longer suitable, there are several types of baths and walk-in showers to choose from when adapting a bathroom to suit an older person’s needs. Discover your options and other ways to adapt a bathroom, including adapting the toilet.

In addition to these pages, see also Grab rails and non-slip bath mats and Additional bathing aids.

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Page last reviewed: November 2016
Next review due: November 2018