We had a couple of people come out to make recommendations on accessibility for where my mom is moving. Everyone has said no bath mats (standard mats with grippy material on back) due risk of tripping or slipping. Ironically that happened to my dad a couple years ago. What alternatives have you found? Thanks
Chairs or seats are a help.
My mom had a chair but she was still afraid of falling getting in and out of the shower.
Of course, I understood mom’s fear. Everything was so difficult for her having Parkinson’s disease. Life becomes more challenging for us as we age.
Sometimes, I want to turn back the hands of time and I am only 67. There are times that I want more energy!
Have you considered a bamboo wood mat? They aren't slippery. The other option would be to have a bench in the shower to sit on, dry her feet, then exit the shower.
For inside the bath, get the real long ones that cover all the bottom of the tub or shower floor. That way there's no lip to trip on.
https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/mdesign-loofah-cushioned-suction-bath-mat-for-shower-stall-bathtub/7067374. and it's machine washable.
It’s so easy for anyone to slip in the shower. We accidentally drop a bar of soap. Body wash, shampoo and conditioner spills make the floor slippery too. Or just loosing one’s balance can cause a fall.
We installed interlocking rubber grates in our walk in shower. They are called Designer grip-loc tiles. They are fabulous! They come in 12 inch square pieces. You can cut them to make a custom fit for any size shower. You will not slip on this flooring!
We ordered them from Amazon. The site is rubberflooringinc.com.
It doesn't have suction cups on the bottom, but rubber material that grips the floor.
She is able to, so I told her to be sure to flip it over and spray it off after every use so soap scum won't build up under it rendering the grippy part useless. She really likes it. She puts it on the additional towel bar (grab bar) I had installed up higher in her shower for that purpose.
When I have the main bathroom redone I will have non slip tiles put on the bathroom floor just like the Handicap bathroom.
For IN the shower there are grippy tread strips that you can put right down on the shower floor.
Technically you could put them down in front of the shower door on the bathroom floor as well. They will be flush with the floor, will not curl, will not move so they are much safer than a mat or a rug.
You will have to mop up any water that gets on the floor.
Maybe putting a shower chair outside the shower so he can sit down to begin drying off.
Help and supervision becomes very important.