While we usually recommend removing throw rugs throughout the house, there is one room that really needs to have a safer, non slip mat for seniors to stand on – and that’s in the bathroom. When using or exiting the shower or tub, wet feet can be just as big of a slipping problem for seniors as tripping on a throw rug. The solution to this is to use a safe, non slip bath mat for your elderly parents – both in the shower or tub and on the floor outside of it.
To illustrate: my dad nearly fell in his shower one day because he wasn’t using a bath mat. He sat on the shower bench and lathered up his feet with soap.
Not thinking, he stood up to get closer to the water so he could rinse his feet and ended up skidding halfway across the shower stall. Luckily he didn’t fall. But it wouldn’t have been an issue if he’d had a bath mat on the floor.
NOTE – to be non slip, any bath mat must be put down on the tub or shower floor before the water is run. If water is already present, some of the suction cups may not contact the floor’s surface, which means they won’t stick.
Full Length Non Slip Bath Mat
It is important to get a mildew-resistant bath mat that won’t peel over time. One we recommend is the No-Skid Vinyl Cushioned Mat from Briggs Healthcare.
It is long (about 40″ long), so it provides more floor coverage.
Additionally, it has drainage holes throughout, plus multiple suction cup on the underside to help it stay in place. You need to have a lot of suction cups so the mat doesn’t slide when it gets water underneath it.
Best Non Slip Bath Mat For Seniors
Because some suction-cup mats don’t stick to the floor as well once they get water underneath them, one non slip mat we really like is the Gorilla Grip Original Patented Shower Stall Mat (pictured here). This mat actually features 324 suction cups!
Do keep in mind that mats with suction cups are only able to attach to smooth surfaces. If you have a textured surface on your tub or shower floor, you want a mat specifically made to accommodate for that. We’ve got our favorite listed in the next section below.
The Gorilla Grip mat (check price online) is easy to clean, mildew resistant, and BPA free.
It is also machine washable, which is helpful for removing soap scum and buildup from other products that happens over time.
This one is also nice because it is 35 inches long, so it covers quite a lot of the shower or tub floor.
Best Non Slip Shower Mat For Textured Surface
The Original Refinished Bathtub Mat (check price online) is made of 100% rubber. Ir’s specifically designed for resurfaced tubs or textured tile floors where suction cups can’t stick.
Since the mat does not have suction cups, instead it uses a “reverse” suction cup design. This means that the pressure of your feet and your body weight hold it in place when you use it.
One drawback to this mat is that it is really heavy because it’s made of rubber. That may make it difficult for an elderly person to lift it up to drain it or hang it to dry.