As we saw in our previous article, the most dangerous household falls happen in bathrooms, and one in three adults has trouble entering and exiting the bathtub. Research studies have shown that bathroom modifications allow seniors to bathe more independently.
Let's start our blog series about bathroom modifications by answering some questions you may have about modifying your conventional shower or tub to meet your needs. Let’s jump in (pun intended) !
1. What are my mobility issues?
The modifications you request depend on your mobility issues. If your knees cause you pain, a walk-in shower may be the right solution for you. If you are unable to walk into the shower or are wheelchair-bound, a barrier-free roll-in shower may be the choice for you. If you are unable to stand in the shower, or require extra support, a walk-in tub may be the best choice for you.
2. What is the design of my bathroom?
You need not sacrifice great design to build an accessible bathroom. The curbs and slopes in accessible showers can be made of the same beautiful acrylic or fiberglass that go into conventional showers. Walk and roll-in showers can be made with marble and tile finishes, and shower seats can be built into the wall for a seamless look. Walk-in tubs come in as many colors as finishes as conventional tubs, so your bathroom can be beautiful and comfortable at the same time.
3. What are my needs and limitations?
Are you confined to a wheelchair? Then a roll-in shower is an ideal solution for you. If you are not confined to a wheelchair but struggle to climb into the shower, then a low-threshold walk-in shower will work nicely. If your doctor recommends that you soak in the tub, a walk-in tub is ideal for you. Do you need to relieve muscle pain? Accessible showers and tubs can be enhanced with water jets to soothe you where it hurts most.
4. Am I planning to stay in my current home?
If you are like the millions of seniors who plan to age in their own homes, then it is wise to design a shower or bath tub that empowers you to do so. You may think that selling your home will mean that you have wasted your investment in an accessible bathroom. That is absolutely not true! In fact, Accessible homes do well on the housing market due to increased demand. Furthermore, most accommodations are unobtrusive and beautiful, even for non-disabled home buyers. Walk-in showers, for example, are used widely.
5. Can I modify the bathroom myself?
There are careful calculations made at every step of construction in order to tailor your shower or tub to your space. The assembly of your tub or shower is tailored to your space, and should be handled by a professional for safety reasons.
6. What financing options do I consider?
There are various options you can consider when you consider financing your installation. Some are:State waivers
Please consult your local professional for more detailed information.