Unfortunately, as we get older, some simple tasks such as using the bathroom or a quick hand wash can become more of a hassle, stressful and hazardous. There are many options in the market to assure that the bathroom is safe for a senior who might struggle with mobility or balance issues. Some of these items you can install yourself and others would require a professional plumber.

Tubs and Showers

There are many options for making tubs and showers safer for seniors. Here are some options you can consider:

  • Walk in or wheel in tubs and showers

  • Adding a tub chair in the shower

  • Detachable shower head

  • Slip-proof material at the bottom of the tub or shower

  • Handrails or wall mounted grab bars

  • Wall mounted soap and shampoo dispensers that help eliminate falls and slips

If you are having a hard time finding an option that would work well in your bathroom, our professionals here at Bieg Plumbing can help you choose the right one that fits your space.


Chair height toilets for seniors are very important for safety, helping them get up and down easier. Average toilet height is 14-15 inches. Adding an extra 1 1/2  to 2 ½ inches will get it up to the “comfort height” a chair provides.


  • Design a countertop that allows for wheelchair access

  • Install faucets with lever handles or foot controlled faucets

  • Install a thermostatic shower valve to prevent scalding from hot water

Other Basic Safety Measures

  • Make sure there is proper lighting, bulbs should be changed soon after one goes outs and always keep a nightlight plugged in.

  • Having a phone securely mounted on the wall in case of an emergency for seniors living without personal assistance.

  • Making sure the bathroom door can be opened on both sides should the need arise.

  • Remove or replace rugs. Secure them so that they do not slip or move.

Contact Bieg Plumbing at (314) 487-4564 for any questions or concerns you may have regarding how to improve bathroom accessibility for a senior.


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