Why This Aging-in-Place Designer Won’t Recommend a Walk In Bathtub
A walk-in bathtub may be the one thing that people think of most often when they think of a home for a person who is aging-in-place.
I am here to tell you why adding a walk in bathtub to your new bathroom is probably not your best option. Most things have their own set of pros and cons. In my opinion, the cons outweigh the pros when it comes to walk-in bathtubs. Take a look.
- Walk-in tubs are designed to be slip resistant with ample textured surfaces and built-in grab bars.
- They are designed to be easy to get in and out of.
- These tubs do not require a sliding door which unstable persons tend to use for balance when they are not meant to be used for balance.
- The bath user must occupy the tub for the entire duration of filling and emptying the tub. Imagine how chilly you can get while waiting there naked for the tub to fill and how downright cold you can get sitting there wet while you wait for the tub to drain.
- You must have a powerful water heater. These tubs are big –they hold about 50-60 gallons of water depending on the size of the occupant. A wimpy water heater will ensure that you are having a lukewarm tubby time.
- A walk-in tub simply will not add the kind of value to your home that a walk in shower will. – for a lot of people who plan to age-in-place, they may not care about ROI because they are planning to “leave feet first” but they should care. The inventory of universally designed homes in this country is scant and a walk-in tub really is not as universally friendly as a barrier-free shower which is more usable (and aesthetically appealing) to a larger spectrum of users — that’s the very definition of universal design! Think of the future when making renovation decisions in your home. The more people make the conscious decision to build universally slowly help us to change what we consider to be conventional design. Let’s make universal design the new conventional design!
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