Installing a step-in tub or replacing an existing one can be an effective way to make the bathroom a safer place for handicapped people. The installation of a step-in tub for disabled people makes it possible for them to enter and exit the bath at a safe level, enabling them to avoid tripping over fixtures and loose flooring. Removing dangerous ladders also makes the bathroom easier to use for many people with disabilities.
There are two main types of steps that can be installed into the bath area, the tub and wall mounted tubs. Choosing the right type of tub for your individual needs will depend on the type of mobility disability you have and your desired level of safety. Here are some common types of bathroom steps:
Wall Mounted Tubs – These can be a great option for those who require lower accessibility than that of a standard tub. There are some tubs that can be installed with rails along the edge, providing someone with mobility issues more stability. Many models will even feature side rails for added safety. Once installed, the steps are not visible, as they are installed behind the door. They can either be made of wood or metal, and once purchased, these can be easily disassembled and stored in closets if desired.
Tub On Walls – These are a simple and effective way to add accessibility to the bathroom, especially for those who have limited range of motion. One advantage of this type of tub is that it doesn’t require the installation of a step. Installation requires the removal of wall studs, and once installed, is hidden behind the wall, with no visible steps. When fully disassembled, the tub can be easily stored away, ensuring that it is out of sight.
Inaccessible Tubs – If you find that the tubs are too high for your unique mobility limitations, or you simply want the flexibility of one that can be installed with or without a step, then an inaccessible tub is for you. As its name implies, these can be easily removed from the wall and installed on another level of the bath, with a level of accessibility much like a standard tub. Once installed, the tub can be hidden behind the door to avoid tripping over things in the bathroom.
Install with Steps – The installation of a step in a tub is very different than installing in a regular tub. Because the person using the tub must be able to reach down under the door to begin their bath, these models must be installed with step down parts, typically of a single piece. The door must be held in place with screws, otherwise the entire bath would need to be disassembled and installed.
Installing these will require several small fittings and parts to be permanently attached to the bathtub. If the door and frame are purchased separately, they can be easily attached and disassembled. There is a greater possibility that they will need to be replaced after a period of time, so it is always best to purchase a new door that is compatible with these styles of tubs.
Today, there are a number of company that specialize in making wheelchair accessible bath tubs, and the market is continually growing. Choosing a custom bathroom in your home is a great idea if you have a specially built bathroom, but even old tubs can be modified for those with special needs. By using a professional company that specializes in making custom and wheelchair-accessible bath tubs, you can take all of the precautions necessary to make the bathroom a safer place for the disabled.