Falls getting in and out of the bathtub are a leading cause of injury for seniors. Tubs are wet, the rim is fairly high, and it’s just a hard place to keep your balance. It’s no wonder that a lot of injuries take place getting in and out of the bath.
So how do you install one of these tubs?
One way is to rip out your existing bathtub and put in a specially designed bathtub with a door. These walk-in bathtubs can cost thousands of dollars.
There’s a cheaper alternative. This is to retrofit your existing bathtub with a low sill.
The Safeway Step company has two kits for sale that can be installed by local contractor. One is just a very cut-through to allow a senior to step into the tub without having to lift his or her foot. The downside of this method is that it makes it so you can’t use the bathtub as a bathtub anymore. It’s only good for taking showers.
If you’re worried about falling in the tub, taking a bath instead of a shower could be a very good idea. It might be difficult to stand for long enough to take a shower. The step in version that allows you to take a bath or shower is a great alternative.
You’ll probably want to hire a contractor or a handyman to install it up for you. Still, it’s a lot easier and simpler than ripping out your existing tub. You don’t need to fool around with the plumbing.
Watch this video to see more about how this product works.
Bathtub accessibility is a big issue for seniors. If you’re worried about your aging parents, taking care of this potential source of injury is a smart idea.
If a tub modification doesn’t seem right, you might need to get a regular walk-in bathtub. These can be ordered direct from retailers like Amazon and installed by a local contractor.