Installing grab bars is the easiest and most effective way to enhance bathroom safety, especially for people with compromised strength, mobility or balance. Grab bars that are mounted vertically or horizontally are comfortable to grip, easy to pull on and can support your full body weight. Towel bars should never be used in lieu of grab bars, as they cannot safely handle the strain.
When shopping for a new bathtub, choose one that has a non-slip surface permanently etched into the tub bottom. If you’re not planning to install a new bathtub, and the old tub has a slick, slippery surface, purchase a non-slip rubber mat that has suction cup adhesion. Just be sure to clean beneath the mat every week or so to remove any buildup of dirt, hair, soap or mildew.
Showers, like tubs, must have non-slip surfaces to help eliminate slips and falls. One-piece acrylic shower pans typically have a non-slip texture molded into the bottom surface. If not, use a non-slip rubber bath mat.