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Safer Bathing Checklist

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Whether you're ready to make minor modifications or are considering a remodel, giving your current bathrooms a Lowe's Accessible Home Physical using the checklist below will help you determine some key areas where you can improve overall safety and accessibility.

Tips and Tricks

  • De-clutter your bathroom. Remove items from the floor and in main traffic areas.
  • Secure bath mats with anti-skid tape, as they can be a tripping hazard.
  • Clean up any spills immediately.
  • Rounded edges on countertops help ease discomfort.
  • Bathtubs with nonslip surfaces offer more secure footing.
  • Allow enough maneuvering space to accommodate a 60-inch turning radius.
  • Use lever-style knobs on doors and lever-style handles on faucets for ease of use.
What You May Need Where to Find It
Grab Bars & Grips

Consider installing a minimum of three grab bars: one for getting in and out of the tub and shower, one for stability while standing in the shower, and one near the toilet to make sitting and standing easier.

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Tub grips can be used to help individuals get into and out of the bathtub more easily and affix directly to the tub. NOTE: Tub grips do not have a specific weight rating that they support.

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Tubs & Showers

Add a bath seat or transfer bench to aid in getting in and out of the bathtub.

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Add a shower seat to minimize slippery conditions while showering, and provide a place of rest for those who tire easily.

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Curbless or walk-in and barrier free showers are accessible to those who struggle with climbing over thresholds or who use wheelchairs.

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Swapping your existing showerhead for a handheld, adjustable-height showerhead with simple controls offers flexibility and independence. Select a showerhead with massage features to soothe sore muscles.

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Consider a transfer bench, which can help in crossing over the threshold of a traditional bathtub.

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Walk-in bathtubs offer many safety and luxury features and include a lower threshold to make getting in and out much easier.

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Chair-height toilets that sit 16-1/2 - 19 inches off the floor are easier and more comfortable to use.

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Raised toilet seats offer an economical alternative to the expense of replacing your current toilet with the chair-height option.

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Vanities, Faucets, & Sinks

A vanity 34 inches from the floor with knee space under sink is helpful for seated users and those in wheelchairs.

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Place a sink closer to the front of a vanity cabinet to make it easier to reach the sink basin and faucet.

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Selecting rounded edges for vanity tops can ease discomfort.

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Choose D-shaped or pull-style cabinet and drawer handles for vanities.


Anti-scald faucets on sinks, bathtubs, and showers help prevent hot water burns, and lever-style handles are easier to turn on and off.

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Nonslip Flooring & Bath Mats

Reduced-slip tile or non-skid flooring helps reduce the chance of slipping on a wet floor.


Select mosaic tiles, which offer more grout lines or tiles with rougher texture for better traction.


Using nonslip tub mats and grip strips are inexpensive ways to create a safer bath and help reduce falls.

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Lighting & Mirrors

Extra non-glare lighting increases visibility to reduce the chance of slipping.

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Full-length mirrors or tilt-mirrors can be used while seated or standing.

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