bathroom safety for senior CITIZENS - it only takes one fall to change your life forever
At No Place Like Home Remodeling, we’re not just Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist, we’re sons, we’re brothers, we’re family. Beyond any scope of work, we understand that everyone lucky enough to grow into their ‘golden years,’ will eventually need help beyond what their spouse or immediate family can offer. They’ll need ‘outside’ help if you will, someone that knows the trade, yet can sympathize with the recipient. We get it, it’s not always easy asking for help, we understand your sense of pride, being able to do ‘everything’ on your own is very important to you, it’s been that way your entire life, but we’re here to tell you, it’s okay, getting help is not a form of weakness, it’s a form of strength. Being proactive, preventing a fall for you or your loved one, can and will, eventually, save a life.
“According to a 2016 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 200,000 Americans are treated in emergency departments for bathroom-related injuries annually.
1 in 3 people over the age of 65 fall each year, often at home, in the bathroom.
Up to 80% of falls in the home are in the bathroom. Anyone can stumble and fall in the bathroom but having poor muscle strength and balance is strongly associated with increased risk. If you have a history of falls, the risk is even greater.
Most falls occur while getting in and out of the tub.” (Rein Tideiksaar, PhD)
So, you may be asking yourself, “how do I prevent this from happening?” “I don’t want to fall getting in-and-out of my tub… but the apron is really high… what’s the alternative, if any, other than buying a new walk-in shower?”
“Did you know it is possible to have an opening cut in the front wall of your bathtub and convert your existing tub into a walk-in shower?”
Well, that seems like a viable option, let’s take a closer look —
The Below is From Rhonda Bonecutter, founder of Home Ability:
How Does a Tub Cut Work?
“A saw is used to cut a piece out of the front wall of your bathtub, thereby creating a doorway in the sidewall of the tub. After the tub to shower conversion has been completed, a few inches of the apron will still remain at the bottom of the opening. The remaining apron combined with a shower curtain will work together to keep the water inside, effectively turning your bathtub into a walk-in shower.”
How long does it take to complete a Tub Cut?
“A Tub Cut can be completed in less than a day and in many cases in as little as 6 hours. A tub made from fiberglass or acrylic usually takes the least amount of time, while tubs made from cast iron or steel will take longer; both because these materials are harder to cut and because the entire bathroom must be carefully taped off first to prevent splintered iron or steel fragments from getting embedded in the walls – where they would later cause rust spots. Once the tub cut has been completed, it usually takes about 24 hours for the re-surfacing materials to dry, making it possible to enjoy a shower on the following day.”
How high will the threshold be after the Tub Cut is complete?
“Typically, the remaining threshold will be a minimum of 4 inches high. This takes into consideration the height the interior bathtub floor is suspended above the bathroom floor combined with leaving a few inches of wall intact above the height of the tub’s interior floor in order to contain the water inside the tub.”
How much does a Tub Cut cost?
“On average, having your tub modified via a Tub Cut will cost you between $950-$1,250. Prices will vary based on the material your tub is made out of, the method used for refinishing the exposed tub walls.”
Is a Tub Cut cheaper than installing a walk-in shower?
“Yes - The prefabricated shower stalls with no threshold (aka curbless shower or roll-in shower) are the easiest to access and one of the most future-proof options. However, this type will normally cost more and take longer to install because the floor underneath the shower usually needs to be modified in order to create a flush transition between the inside of the shower and the bathroom floor outside. Cost to install a curbless shower will vary based on whether a prefabricated shower stall is installed or the shower is custom-built by the contractor. Curbless-style showers will typically cost a minimum of $8,000 and up to as much as $15,000, or more, to install.”
So there you have it, a Tub Cut conversion is well worth the money, and a much cheaper option for those on a budget and it can typically be installed within a day. See below for an example of our work here at No Place Like Home Remodeling (Before/After).
Feel free to drop us a note, or contact us with any questions or comments on how to properly convert your existing tub. We’d love to hear from you, and remember, at No Place Like Home Remodeling we’re always here to help!