Depending on the physical challenges of you or a loved one, taking a shower while unassisted may not be the best option. Using a bathtub may seem like a better solution in terms of comfort, but standard bathtubs raise serious safety concerns. “How can I safely enter and exit the tub?”, “How will I reach the water and drain controls?”, and “How can I reduce the physical strain on my caregiver?” are all common questions. A walk-in bathtub addresses all these concerns and more, making them a great alternative to standard tubs.
Walk-in bathtubs feature a waterproof door, so you don’t have to step up and over a tall wall to get in. This door is engineered to form a water-tight seal when closed, so the water stays inside the tub where it belongs. Once inside, the water and drain controls are easy to use and well within reach. You can either fill it with water like a standard bathtub, or use an optional handheld shower wand. As with other bathtubs, air and water massaging jets are available.ADA Compliant Walk In Bathtub
If you require assistance, you may want to look at the models that offer a built-in seat. The combination of tall walls and a high, built-in seat gives the caregiver easier access and even allows them to be seated while helping you. No more kneeling on the floor and reaching down into a tub!
There are numerous design and product options to consider when planning your “Aging in Place” or ADA-compliant bathroom remodel. For an end result that’s both functional and beautiful, seek the advice of an experienced and professional remodeler.