Need help with safe access to Slipper or Claw Foot tub...
March 21, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I don't need anyone to dissuade me from getting either of the subject tubs, I am looking for an ATTRACTIVE solution to access either style tub by an older person. I realize this is a daunting task and this style is NOT ideal for an older person, but I am curious if anyone has come up with an solution. I may end up having something custom created, if what I'm after does not already exist. This is for a guest bathroom, which will be infrequently used by guests for bathing/showering purposes.
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I put in a large tub with an edge that it large enough to sit on. It's probably about 2 feet off the floor.
Sorry, don't recommend claw foot for older crowd because you can't really put a grab bar & tubs with flatter bottoms are less prone to cause slips.
March 21, 2013 at 4:09pm   
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Look on websites for health aids for older adults.
March 21, 2013 at 4:14pm   
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I don't think there is a safe way for someone of any age especially when movement is not what it used to be to use a tub like this. They aren't too safe for any age actually with their curved bottoms, no place to balance getting in and out except wall mounted towel bars, and if they have a big exterior lip, even a child has a hard time getting in and out. Grew up with one and I think I was almost eight before I was tall enough to get into it by myself - and I was a tall kid! Even putting a chair next to it to kind of slide in (like you can do with almost every other kind of tub) doesn't work because the sides are too high. Unless you stand right in the middle, its very easy to fall in these tubs too. They look really cool but that's about it.
March 21, 2013 at 4:26pm     
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Appreciate the health aids reco, but I'm looking for attractive solutions ;) Those people know nothing about making health aids look like anything but something that belongs in a hospital or care facility unfortunately. I'll have to have something custom made.
March 22, 2013 at 8:28am   
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An elegant winch? (Sorry, trying to think out of the box here!)
March 22, 2013 at 8:31am   
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