Building Bathtubs for the Elderly Building Bathtubs for the Elderly
If you are elderly, bathtubs can create a bit of a problem. Traditional bathtubs are not designed for people who may have some mobility issues. With their deep bottom and high sides, bathtubs can be dangerous for the elderly. Thankfully there are some options when it comes to designing a bathtub for the elderly.
Just because someone elderly is having trouble using their current bathtub doesn’t mean that a complete remodelling is needed. The first thing to do is assess what the problem is and go from there.
For the elderly, bathtubs might not be the issue as much as needing some help getting in and out of them. By purchasing and attaching a grasp bar to the wall of the shower, an elderly person can have somewhere solid and secure to hold on to while entering and exiting the tub. Buying a high quality shower mat will also help ensure that the elderly person has firm footing once they are inside the bathtub.
If the problem is that he or she can’t stand for long periods of time, you can purchase a seat that will fit into the tub.
Buying a New Tub
Even by adding all of these features an elderly person may still have trouble using the bathtub or shower.
If the mobility problem is with the height of the current tub being used, you can purchase elderly bathtubs that have a lower lip to allow for easier access. Some models come with a built in sitting area.
Another option is a high sided tub with a door built into the side. To get into the tub, simply open the door and step inside. When closed, the door forms a perfect seal, making it water proof. These elderly bathtubs can be purchase with a seat built in and also side jets for therapeutic use.
Easy Access Stalls
If the elderly person has almost no mobility, or is in a wheel chair, then a traditional bathtub may be out of the question. Luckily there are several different shower models that allow for use when in a wheel chair or sitting down.
These walk in shower stalls will require a complete remodeling. Because they are wheel chair accessible, they are flush with the floor of the bathroom and have collapsible rubber tubing that the wheel chair can go over. The tubing pops back into place, stopping any water from going all over the bathroom floor.