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With its slippery surfaces, the bathroom can be a particularly hazardous area of the home. In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that over 80% of injuries that happened in the bathroom were a result of falls. High rates of injuries were related to use of the tub, shower, and the toilet. Scroll down to learn more about common problem areas in the bathroom and solutions to address them.

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Click the arrows below to learn about common problems related to safe and supportive aging in the kitchen, and solutions that can address them. Explore the Solutions Gallery to view photos from actual homes that demonstrate how design and product changes can support independent living. 
Please note: the photographs on this website represent possible solutions to various challenges and should not be taken without consideration of individuals’ specific needs and environments. Obtaining professional advice and/or assessment is strongly recommended before making changes to the home.

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Install a comfort height toilet or raised toilet seat.

Install grab bars by the toilet.

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Create accessible storage for frequently used items and to reduce clutter.

Locate clothes hooks slightly above eye level.

Install grab bars by sink.

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Add anti-skid strips on tub/shower floor.

Choose flooring materials that are textured, slip-resistant/anti-slip, even-surfaced, low-glare, durable, and easy to maintain.

Install a walk-in, roll-in curbless or European-style shower – these have little or no threshold or lip to step over.

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Install a hand-held shower hose.

Install seating support in the shower or bathtub (e.g., a bench/seat which may be built-in or fold-down, or a stand-alone seat with integrated grab bars).

Install grab bars on the shower and/or tub walls.

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Install or plug in nightlights so you can safely use the bathroom at night.

Ensure a light is located near or above the shower and/or bathtub.

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