There are many instances in which you may have an older relative move in with you. In many cases, they have aged into a bracket where they may not be as able to take care of themselves as they want. Perhaps they’re a parent who has lost their partner and is now facing life alone, doing things that they didn’t have to do before. Or maybe it’s an aunt or uncle who’s battling dementia and they become a safety hazard living at home alone, and need to have some sort of limited supervision.
Whatever the reason, sometimes when you have an elderly family member move in, you need to make changes to your home in order to accommodate them. Sometimes that can include changing bedrooms so they can be on the ground floor and don’t have to walk up and down the stairs every day. Other times it can include renovations to your existing bathrooms to ensure that they’re able to step in and out of the tub safely.
There are a variety of ways that you can change your tub or shower to make it safer for the elderly residents that may live in your home. The easiest, and most cost efficient, is to renovate the existing tub space by adding a walk in tub. Walk in tubs with shower can be retrofit to the space that you already have, which saves you the high cost of demolishing an entire space. The walk in tubs cost much less than that of an entire rebuilding of the space.
The walk in tubs cost less, but the price is also worth it as you get the peace of mind of knowing that your loved one is safer. When you have at traditional tub and shower combo, you spend time worrying if they’ll be able to make that big step, or if they’ll slip and fall if they lose their balance trying to make it. With a walk in tub, they step in without having to step over a large tub lip. This helps them continue to maintain some of their independence, which is so important to the elderly population, and it also helps you know that they’re safe and secure when they’re showering. Walk in tubs cost a reasonable amount, and are worth it to ensure you’re peace of mind and your relatives safety and health.