Portable Tub and Shower Safety Items for Geriatrics

At some point, the child becomes the parent…..

and then…

parent to the parent.

As families enter new seasons of life, homes must adjust to meet the changing needs.


One area that can be particularly awkward is the hardworking bathroom.

In my home, the guest room has a private vanity, but shares the tub and toilet…


Jack and Jill style…

with the bedroom on the other side.


Last winter, this space was sometimes shared by a college-age male and his 84-year-old grandmother.

A situation that could have been awkward……

but was basically effortless (Big…Hallelujah!!) because of….what turned out to be… smart planning.


First, the bathroom was long overdue for a facelift.  The redo was fresh, clean, and both gender and age neutral.


See redo here.   This made me feel better even though it did nothing to improve the overall function of the area.

 It was just nice to have a freshened bathroom.

 A little gift to me.  🙂


Next, the tub needed to have non-skid and other anti-fall protectors installed.  The problem was….Mom would only be with us temporarily…..and then the bathroom would return to a regular guest room.  Because of this, I didn’t want grip bars and other safety items permanently installed.

When I started shopping for bath safety items, I really didn’t know what was available…..especially portable items…. and didn’t know where to buy them.

Boy, was I in for a nice surprise.


Only three items were needed….  A chair, a tub mat, and a grip handle.

The professional name for these items is durable medical equipment….so with a name like that…’d expect to have to purchase them at a specialty store.  Wrong.  I found these brand name products online through one of the big home improvement retailers…….. at terrific prices AND they were delivered to my door.

The non-skid mat is pretty self-explanatory.  It comes in full tub length or smaller…. for a shower.


It grips the tub with these amazing little super-duper suction cups.


At the end of each bath, I rinsed the mat and hung it up to drip dry on a towel bar.  At least once a week, I scoured it with a liquid cleanser that included soap scum remover.  There was never any sign of soap scum buildup or mold/mildew.  Not one single molecule……ever.  Love that!


The chair required simple assembly, but like the mat……it was drip dry, cleaned everyday (the seat), and never harbored any mold or mildew.  Easy peasy.


The hand grip came assembled in this nifty box.


It was simply lifted out of the box and attached to the tub.


View from inside the tub.


Placement was then adjusted to Mom’s personal preference.  By using the grab bar between the shower seat and the floor, she did not have to reach for a bar and risk becoming unsteady.  The handle also hit close to her center of gravity…so she could pivot out of the tub with support at her most steady point.


When Mom returned home, the pieces were cleaned and put into storage in the back corner of the closet.

And the tub area…..returned to its former self.


We look forward to having Mom visit again.

The tub items anxiously await…….

….along with….

…her loving family.


Until next time,

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Happy days,


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  • Reply Ringworld February 10, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Those additions make perfect sense. Temporary but with a lot of common sense. I know about the durable medical equipment but did not see that detachable bar and that is ADA compliant? What about the toilet?

    • Reply thechelseaprojectblog February 10, 2015 at 11:35 pm

      It’s from Medline….not an off brand. I think the serial number shows on one of the photos and could be checked at the website. She didn’t require any toliet items. She was able to sit and stand without stress on her knees or any assistance. This set-up was good for us because her gait and balance was very good. Our goal to to put measures in place to prevent a tub slip.

      • Reply Ringworld February 11, 2015 at 5:44 am

        Not stress its to help prevent slipping. Just like the tub aide

  • Reply thechelseaprojectblog February 11, 2015 at 5:55 am

    No..she has arthritis in her knees, but experienced no stress from standing and no instability requiring a hold tool to prevent slipping..happily…we were good.

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