Remodeling a bathtub for elderly and disabled individuals can be a very costly endeavor. However, if you are determined to remodel the bathtub yourself, there are some simple and inexpensive ways to save money and accomplish your goals of a new bathtub within a tight budget. When remodeling a tub for elderly and disabled individuals, one of the most expensive parts of the project is enclosure construction. Some bathtubs can be rather difficult to install with enclosure sides that do not fully fit or are difficult to use due to limited mobility. As a result, it can cost a great deal of money and a great deal of time to install a bathtub with an enclosure that does not fully work and is not safe for the elderly and disabled individuals in your home.
A great way to save money on this project is to create a bathroom remodeling plan in which you first have your existing bathroom space measured and planned out. You need to determine exactly what you will need to build the bathtub yourself including the cost, materials, tools, and time frame for completion. If you are able to work with your bathroom space, it is possible to create a great bathroom remodeling plan on your own without the help of an expert, however, if you feel uncomfortable about creating the bathroom plan yourself, it may be helpful to seek the assistance of an experienced local or online bathroom remodeling company. They will be happy and willing to give you professional advice on creating a bathroom remodeling plan that will meet your needs, and requirements as well as save you money.
When you begin your search for a new bathtub for elderly and disabled individuals, it is important to research the type of bathtub that would be best suited for your bathroom space. Some types of bathtubs are made from special low slope surfaces that will hold the water in and help prevent it from spilling out onto other areas of the room. These types of bathtubs are usually deeper than traditional tubs and usually come with seats that can be lowered to prevent tripping. In addition, these bathtubs are available in a wide variety of sizes, colors, and styles.
Another type of bathtub for elderly and disabled individuals is the walk in bathtub. This type of bathtub has a door on one side that opens down into the bathtub and a door on the opposite side that opens into a shallow soaking pool. This type of bathtub is designed for easy entry and exit but is not suited for seating.
For those who live alone, a handicap bathtub can provide independence and comfort. Handicap bathtubs may be purchased in a wide variety of styles and sizes to best fit your needs. The design of the bathtub will be based on the specific needs of the elderly and disabled individuals that will be using it. A handicap bathtub should have enough room to easily enter and exit as well as to hold necessities.
In addition to bathtubs, there are other accessories that are available to make your bathroom accessible. Wheelchair ramps should be installed where necessary to give an elderly or disabled person access to a bathtub. These ramps typically run along the perimeter of the bathroom. In addition, toilet seats should be accessible and placed near the bathtub. It is also important to remember to paint the walls of the bathroom light colors to make the space appear larger. This will help make entering and exiting the bathtub easier.