Half bathtiub possibilities

Old 06-08-02, 06:43 AM
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Half bathtiub possibilities

My mom's 82. and is beginning to have difficulty getting into and out of her full size tub. What kind of job and cost estimates might she be looking at to replace and put in a lower tub or even maybe a shower-only setup? And where might she look for such a unit?Thanks
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Bathrooms for the elderly

We baby boomers are finding ourselves confronted with helping our aging parents confront accessibility problems in their homes. Most of my peers tend to be tearing out the tub/shower units and replacing with accessible showers with seating. Some are going with wheel chair accessible units. The taller toilets and grab bars are also on the priority list. Local home centers and bath supply stores have remodeler accessible units available. Costs of materials and labor tend to vary depending on what part of the country.

Get at least 3 bids from contractors if this is not a DIY project. Make sure the contractor is licensed and has workers comp insurance (in the event of injury on your property) and liability insurance (in the event of damage to your property). Most homeowner insurance policies will not cover workers' injuries or damage to property by workers. Also check with local authorities regarding building codes, permits, and inspections.

In addition to consideration to the size of the opening of the bathing unit to accommodate both the bather and an assistant, the following is important:

"Access to bathing facilities is critical. In order to prevent injury and to facilitate transfers, enclosures should be free of door tracks or other obstructions and sharp edges. Further, tubs and showers should be equipped with grab bars and built-in seats or portable tub benches. Seats should be
located opposite the controls and within easy reach. Offset controls which allow regulation of the water temperature from outside the tub or shower, anti-scald valves to prevent water temperature from exceeding a pre-set limit, and hand-held shower attachments are also beneficial." Informed Consumer's Guide to Accessible Housing. January, 1995. Retrieved 08 June 2002. http://www.abledata.com/Site_2/icg_hous.htm

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