When mom or dad moves in, you’re bound to find unexpected joys … and frustrations. For example, consider the simple bathtub. What was once a place of peace and relaxation may become a lying-in-wait fall hazard.
Walk-in tubs and curbless showers help with this problem. They also help elderly people stay in their own homes. But there are pros and cons to them, says aging-in-place consultant Susan Luxenberg. The showers, for example, require plenty of space. But the tubs may not be as convenient. Luxenberg writes at her blog:
Not all walk-in tubs are the equal so it’s important to research what each manufacturer has to offer. … Walk in tubs are also not flush to the bathroom floor so while they only present a small step, there still is a need to step over a small threshold in order to enter the tub. The big negative to a walk in tub is that you can’t get out of the tub until all the water drains out. So if this is the option you choose, I’d suggest also installing a heat lamp above the tub to take the chill off while waiting for the tub to drain.
One bathtub product Luxenberg doesn’t mention is a cut-out system you can use to convert your current tub into a walk-in one. Aging-in-place consultant Scott Ross talks about that in the OurParents article “Top-5 Best Remodeling Products for Aging in Place.”
Leigh Ann Otte is a freelance writer who specializes in health and aging issues. She covers finding and paying for senior care for OurParents. If you have any questions about this post or need help finding senior care options for a loved one, call 1-866-483-4896 to speak with a care advisor in your area.