Maintaining personal hygiene is essential for retaining dignity and everyone wants to be able to take a bath or shower by themselves for as long as possible. However, it's important to make sure the bathroom has appropriate safety measures in place to reduce the risk of a slip or fall.
For example, standing up too quickly can make an older person light headed, so a handrail and a non-slip mat are useful measures to help maintain balance. A bath seat or bath lift can also make it easier to get in and out, although taking a shower with a shower stool may be a better option.
Choosing the right aids can make bathing easier, increase confidence, reduce the opportunities for mishaps and prolong independence.