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.

There is also a very wide choice of products to help the older person in this room. In the staying independent at home section of the Which? website we provide guides to each of the following areas.

Equipment to make your bathroom safer: Grab rails and slip-resistant mats and flooring are the main ways to make your bathroom safer, but in this guide we also make other suggestions to be aware of.

Bath boards and seats: 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 lift and hoist suitable for different needs. We let you know your choices.

Adapting your bathroom: If a conventional bath or shower are no longer suitable, there are several different types of bath and walk-in shower to choose from when adapting your bathroom to suit an older person’s needs. Use this guide to discover your options and other ways to adapt a bathroom, including adapting the toilet.

In addition to these guides, see also First steps to creating a safer bathroom and Additional bathing gadgets.

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Page last reviewed: March 2015
Next review due: November 2016