Safety a top concern for homeowner

  • A shower base with a stationary seat and grab bars installed make a much safer option for a homeonwer who might have difficulty stepping over the side of a bathub.

    A shower base with a stationary seat and grab bars installed make a much safer option for a homeonwer who might have difficulty stepping over the side of a bathub.

  • Bathroom safety is on the mind of the homeowner.

    Bathroom safety is on the mind of the homeowner.

 
By Jim Miner of West Chicago
Updated 11/4/2018 10:53 PM

I'm slightly handicapped and without a makeover I fear for my safety.

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Expert: Jim Miner, www.bathplanet.com/chicagoland

Budget: $6,000

Someone who could experience difficulty stepping over a high bathtub would certainly have issues with the "before" bathroom.

Most bathtubs are between 13 and 19 inches in height, and with the shower door track in the existing "before," bath it could even add an additional couple of inches in height that can present major safety issues.

There is also currently not a stationary seat in the tub ,which also adds to the safety factor within the wet area of the bathroom.

We would suggest removing the existing bathtub and replacing it with a shower base that is the exact same size as the bathtub and we can also get the new base with the drain in the same area that the existing tub drain is so there is minimal invasiveness to the homeowner.

We would add a stationary, secure seat for safety reasons, as well as at least one or two grab bars.

One of our acrylic wall systems and a corner shelf for storage would round out the bath.

We would also suggest either a shower rod or a shower door based on homeowner preference. The shower rod is a nice option because it won't add that extra couple of inches that the homeowner would need to potentially worry about tripping over.

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