Depending on your mom’s needs and budget, here are some simple tips and product recommendations that can make her bathroom safer and easier to use.
If your mom uses a shower curtain, install a screw or bolt-mounted curtain rod, versus a tension-mounted rod, so that if she loses her balance and grabs the shower curtain the rod won’t spring loose.
For easier access and safer bathing, consider getting your mom a shower or bathtub chair so she can bathe from a seated position. You should also have a handheld, adjustable-height shower head installed that makes chair bathing easier.
If your mom has the budget for it, another good option is to install a curb-less shower or a walk-in bathtub. Curb-less showers have no threshold to step over and come with a built-in seat, grab bars, slip-resistant floors and an adjustable handheld shower head. Walk-in tubs have a door in front that provides a much lower threshold to step over than a standard tub. They also have a built-in seat, handrails and a slip-resistant bottom, and some have therapeutic features like whirlpool water jets and/or bubble massage air jets.
Curb-less showers and walk-in tubs run between $2,500 and $10,000 installed.