Handicap Accessible Baths - Bathrubs for Disabled
Install a handicap accessible bath and improve your home's value. Older men and women remain fully capable of living by themselves, but many homes lack the amenities elderly and disabled people need.
In a stagnant home market, you easily boost the value of your home and make it a hotter commodity simply by improving your bathroom to be marketable to retirees.
Even if you never plan to move, at some point, you may well need your bathroom to be designed to meet the mobility issues you will have. As you age, your balance is not as good, eye sight usually deteriorates and you may suffer from bone and joint pain. When upgrading your bathroom, it simply makes sense to upgrade with a handicap accessible bath.
Design Flaws in Most Bathrooms
A number of problems exist in today's bathrooms. Those in wheelchairs or walking aids often struggle in the bathroom. Common issues include:
- Cramped toilet areas
- Dangerous shower and bath set-up
- Difficult to reach outlets and light switches
- Impossible to reach faucet knobs
- Lack of supportive hardware for those with mobility issues
- Narrow doorways due to off-set hinges
- Narrow walking areas
It's proven that updating your bathroom drastically increases your appraisal value, but updating to a handicap accessible bath area is even better. With just a few simple changes, your bathroom becomes friendly to those with disabilities or mobility problems. Having a handicapped accessible bath makes the home marketable to older men and women or families who may end up caring for their elderly parents.
Cost of Upgrading Your Bath Tub or Shower
Generally, a new bathtub unit is going to cost at least $500 for the tub and the tub wall, plus there is the cost of installation. If you simply need to replace a shower, expect to pay over $300 for a shower kit.
For around $2,000, you can purchase a basic walk-in bath tub that is completely handicapped accessible. The units are usually one piece and don't require the purchase of shower or bathtub doors, curtains, rods and other accessories. While the up front expense is greater, the appeal of the tub adds plenty of value to your home.
If you prefer a shower stall, a barrier free shower base generally starts at $200 and then you simply need to tile the walls and add grab bars and a shower seat. The cost of adding a handicapped-friendly shower stall to a handicap accessible bath area is minimal.