September 8, 2009
You need a bath – you just want to soak your aching _______, relax your ______ and unwind from the day. If you are sore, getting in and out of a bath tub can be daunting. But if you are in any way disabled, it can be impossible.
ADA bathrooms are typically designed for wheelchair accessibility. Being able to get in and out of a tub is not a requirement and often during a bathroom remodel for people with special needs, the tub is replaced with a larger shower void of thresholds and shower doors. Large showers litter nursing homes, which makes life easier on both clients and caregivers in the daily task of hygiene. But the physiological benefits of a long soak are lost.
It is a shame that many Americans who need hydrotherapy the most, can’t use it because of their physical limitations. A few tub manufacturers have developed a soaking tub with a seat and door system that allows accessability to people who cannot get into a conventional tub.
We perform about 1-2 remodels a year for people who have special needs and we recently learned that one of our trusted US manufacturers is now offering walk-in “Experience” tubs.
Whirlpool, bubblers, chromatherapy, aromatherapy and the like is now available for people who need it the most, with limited to no assisance needed from a caregiver. We are very excited about this advent in technology.
Written by Imperial Kitchens and Baths, Inc. designer, Stephanie Bullwinkel, CBD.