When my grandmother came to visit for a few months I was very surprised that my father had gotten so busy. I asked him what he was doing, and he told me that he was looking at different handicap bathtubs. I asked him why, and he said that we would be transforming our bathroom to meet our grandmother's needs. I asked him if I could help.
Together we looked at many different models of handicap bathtubs. There are a lot out there to look at. Over the years I have kept up with the improvements. Now, I will tell you what you should look for when you are looking at handicap bathtubs.
There are some features which are not so important. There are other features that are very important if you want the tub to be safe and usable for disabled people. One of the first things that you have to look for is a bar to hold when you get in and out of the tub.
That bar needs to be positioned at a good height for a disabled person. The bar also needs to provide friction so that the hand of the disabled person does not slip while they apply their weight to it. For all of the things I list in this article, I would suggest you try them out before you buy them.
For instance, you will want to grasp a metal bar before you purchase it. You want to make sure it feels strong and safe. The tub itself will probably have a safety mat inside of it. This will help the person not slip too much on their feet as they get in and out.
Still, you should get a tub that has an entire floor that resists slippage. Next, there are different kinds of faucets out there. If the disabled person you are hosting needs a lower faucet, you will need to plan accordingly.
Make sure you get the height figured out before they get there. Some people put a limit on how hot the water can get. This is so a disabled person doesn't accidentally scald themselves. You need to make sure that every precaution is taken for the specific disabilities the person has.
Also, remember that once the person gets out of the tub that doesn't mean they're safe. There are plenty of other places they could slip now they are wet. I would suggest applying more than just one handrail in the bathroom. Look for places on the wall that would work with a handrail.
Apply them where it will be necessary. This will turn your entire bathroom into a safer place for the disabled. Handicap bathtubs are very important for the bathing of disabled persons.
You shouldn't leave it up to chance of whether or not your disabled guest will be safe while bathing. You need to do everything within your power to make sure that they have a very safe experience inside of the bathroom when there will be no eyes on them except for their own.