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Q. My mum has a shower over her bath that she uses regularly, but now she’s getting older I’m scared she’s going to fall is there anything I can do about this?

A. First let me ask you does your mum still want to use the bath, or would she prefer to only have a shower? If she doesn’t need to keep the bath, numerous options are available. You could turn the bathroom into a ‘wet-room’, fully tiled, with non-slip tiles on the floor and a central drain. Or simply remove the bath and fit a shower enclosure in its place. I suspect though that your mum would like both a shower and a bath in which case the best solution is to consult your local bathroom retailer with a view to fixing one or two strategically positioned grab-rails; including the rail that holds the shower head, which can be replaced with a heavy duty grab rail, giving support if needed without looking out of place. Ensure that any grab rails are securely fixed. Take care too with the selection of flooring in the standing area just beside the bath, and make sure that the base of the bath is non-slip.

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