Accessible Bath and Shower Ideas

Aging often comes with mobility issues, which is one of the most challenging parts of growing older. Difficulty getting around affects many aspects of your life, including bathing and showering. The addition of bath accessibility products can make the difference between aging in place and needing to move to an assisted living facility. Here are some accessible bath ideas to help make bathing and showering a safe, enjoyable experience.

Tub-to-Shower Conversion

Your bathroom may feature an old tub you hardly ever use. Make your bathroom safer and more functional with a tub-to-shower conversion. This removes your high-sided bathtub and replaces it with an accessible shower featuring everything you want, including:

  • Low step-in threshold
  • Slip-resistant floor
  • Safety grab bars
  • Built-in shower seat
  • Non-porous, high-quality acrylic construction that discourages mold and mildew growth

Barrier-Free Shower

Traditional showers have a threshold you must step over. While this is a suitable option for some, it can be a hindrance to people with severe mobility restrictions. Fortunately, you can convert your shower or bathtub into a barrier-free shower that features no threshold at all. It’s so accessible that you can even enter the shower from a wheelchair!

This beautiful, modern bathroom upgrade is a must if you want all the benefits of a traditional shower with the added safety of a barrier-free entrance and exit. Some of the built-in safety features include:

  • Slip-resistant floor
  • Safety grab bars
  • Folding shower seat

Walk-in Tub

If you prefer bathing rather than showering, a walk-in tub could be the right option. This features a water-tight door that swings outward, allowing you to walk effortlessly into the bath rather than stepping over a tall ledge. Several comfort and safety features are built right in, including:

  • Low step-in threshold
  • Safety grab bars
  • Comfortable chair-height seat
  • Easy-to-reach controls
  • Convenient handheld shower wand
  • Non-porous, high-quality acrylic construction that discourages mold and mildew growth
  • Hydrotherapy jets to soothe sore muscles and joints

Step-Through Insert

Perhaps you’re concerned about stepping over a high-sided bathtub, but you want the most affordable bath accessibility product possible. In this case, a step-through insert could be the perfect solution.

For this accessible bath idea, a construction crew cuts out a section of your existing bathtub and installs a water-tight insert, converting your standard bathtub into a walk-in tub with a threshold just inches from the floor. Step-through inserts come in a variety of colors and patterns to match your existing tub as closely as possible.

Are you eager to implement one of these accessible bath ideas in your home? Bath Planet/TN Thermal offers a wide range of industry-leading accessibility products designed to help you maintain your independence as you age in place. Our bathroom remodeling experts can install the upgrades you want in as little as one day! To learn more about working with one of Middle Tennessee’s most trusted home improvement experts, please call us today at (615) 266-4474.

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