About How to Safely Get Out of Bathtubs


Getting in and out of a bathtub can be tricky business, especially for people who don't have good balance. Safely getting out of a bathtub is especially important for older people who live alone and for those who recently had surgery. Using grab bars gives you better leverage when getting out of a slippery wet bathtub. Although you or a family member can install the grab bars yourself, it might be best to hire a professional repair person or medical supply company to install the bars to ensure proper spacing and appropriate anchoring into the wall.

Things You'll Need

  • Grab bars
  • Non-skid bathmat
  • Stand inside the bathtub, positioned parallel to the tub. The side of the bathtub will be near the side of your leg.

  • Grip the grab bar inside the tub with one hand and the other grab bar on the outside of the tub with your other hand.

  • Shift your outside leg upward and outward and move your leg outside of the bathtub.

  • Adjust your arm positions as necessary to support yourself with the grab bars. Move your other leg outside of the bathtub.

  • Wipe your feet off on a non-skid bathmat or towel before you walk on the bathroom floor.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep clutter away from the bathtub; this enables you to step out of the bathtub without fear of stepping on something.
  • Bathtub decals, which stick on the floor of your bathtub, help make the bathtub floor less slippery and give your feet a little more traction.
  • Consider purchasing a bathtub chair or bench if you find sitting down or getting out of the bathtub too difficult.

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