Creating safe, accessible bathrooms is one of the best ways to make a home more comfortable for the elderly or anyone with a disability. When it comes times to redo the shower or bathtub, there are two main options to consider. These include either a walk-in bathtub, or a barrier-free shower. There are benefits to both, but since most homes lack space for both, a choice between the two needs to be made.
What to Consider When Choosing a Walk-in Tub
Walk-in tubs greatly reduce the risk of a slip and fall accident from stepping in and out of the tub. People with arthritis or back or hip pain can still enjoy a hot, soothing bath, but do not need to worry about losing their independence to do so. These tubs are available with additional therapeutic accessories like water jets, digital temperature gauges that prevent scalding and heated seats for additional comfort.
Walk-in tubs often require much more water than a traditional tub, so the installation costs may include the need for a larger water heater. It could also mean higher electric and water bills over time. The other factor is the potential inconvenience. These tubs need to be empty when the bather enters or leaves the tub. This can make bathing a lengthy affair, and it can also be cold and uncomfortable for the person waiting.
What to Consider When Choosing a Barrier-Free Shower
Barrier-free, or roll-in, showers are a fashionable option that are popular in homes that do not have an accessibility need. Even people who require a wheelchair are able to safely use this option alone. The controls are all mounted low enough for people to use while sitting, and built-in benches can be added to the design to aid those who are able to walk-in, but may need to sit during the shower.
Obviously there is no option to sit and soak in a shower. Since these showers can take a great deal of floor space, there will usually not be enough room for a tub too. If this is the only bathroom in the home, it could be a liability if the home is put up for sale. Also, it is not always possible for a homeowner to install these showers on their own, because the floor must be sloped correctly for the shower to drain appropriately.
Choosing a shower or tub will often depend on the space available, the budget and the specific need. Both options make it possible for people to have more freedom to care for themselves safely without relying on others as often. Researching both carefully will make certain that any investment made will be the best one for the person in need. Talk to a company, like Accessible Solutions, to help you decide which option is right for you.Share
7 January 2016
When my sister was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, we realized that there might come a day when she wouldn't be able to walk. Since she was my roommate, I realized that I was going to have to make our home disability-friendly. Unfortunately, I didn't know much about that sort of thing, so I hired a disability services company to come in and retrofit my home. They added a ramp to the front of our house and they even worked with us to install a chair lift. Because of their help, my home was easy for my sister to use. This blog is all about how disability services can help you.