Key tips for making a bathroom safer for the elderly include the following:

1. Make sure all parts of the bathroom are well lit; it is a good idea to install a motion activated switch that turns on main lights when someone enters the bathroom.

2. Provide storage options that are positioned between knee and shoulder level — avoid stretching, reaching, bending over, or squatting to find things.

3. Ensure that floor areas in and around tubs and showers are slightly rough or covered with a non-slip, Bathroom Remodeling Workbook by Dan Fritschen mat to prevent slips and falls;

4. Install anti-scald devices on all faucets and showerheads.

5. Install appropriate grab bars in and around shower, tub and toilet.

6. Choose a toilet style with a higher seat (some are 2 to 3 inches higher), which make sitting and standing easier.

7. Choose a shower model that includes a seat.

8. Install some sort of emergency alert system.

9. Install a timed motion sensor that will sound an alert if someone remains in the bathroom for more than a specified period of time (often one hour).

10. Choose a walk-in tub and/or shower model.

11. Choose lever style door knobs and faucets (these are much easier to use).