Is a Walk-in Bathtub or an Accessible Shower My Best Choice?

Accessible bathrooms are designed to enhance the comfort and enjoyment of any elderly individual, or person with a disability, who wishes to live independently in his own home. When considering upgrading a bathroom, how does one decide which is the best choice, a walk-in bathtub or an accessible shower?

Walk-in bathtubs are becoming increasingly popular with homeowners in the Atlanta Shower Installation - Schrader - 2and north Georgia and ideal for even moderately mobile users. Specific features include:

  • An average 4” step into the tub, which is much more convenient than a standard tub
  • Comfortable, accessible seat
  • Deep muscle hydrotherapy, great for home rehab programs
  • Non-slip floor and seat surface

Accessible showers are much safer and highly recommended for those who are more restricted in their mobility. These are characterized by:

  • Shower floor at the same level as that of the bathroom
  • Curb-less showers to allow smooth, safe transfer from wheelchair or walker to shower chair
  • Generous sizing to accommodate users who require assistance
  • Slip-proof textured base

Given these distinguishing features, your choice of a walk-in bathtub or accessible shower is largely dependent on the abilities of the primary user.

Hydrotherapy therapy soothes and relaxes sore muscles.

Hydrotherapy therapy soothes and relaxes sore muscles.

Americanstandard-us.com for example, has designed walk-in tubs that “… incorporate the therapeutic benefits and luxury of a whirlpool tub, with the safety, accessibility and simplicity of a walk-in bath. Perfect for those with limited mobility who wish to enjoy the freedom of living comfortably at home.” A well designed, accessible bathroom will be a great experience for the independent Atlanta or north Georgia homeowner!

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For additional information regarding walk-in tubs and accessible showers in the Atlanta metro area and north Georgia, please contact Atlanta Home Modifications by telephone at 770 880 3405.

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Facts about Hydrotherapy Jets for Your Home Spa Bath

Hydrotherapy, or the therapeutic use of water, has been practiced for centuries for the relief of pain, improvement of blood circulation, and general relaxation and well-being of the individual. In the past, one had to travel to specific geographic regions in order to benefit from the healing powers of water. Now, through modern advances in engineering, hydrotherapy jets are available for your Atlanta home spa bath.

Hydrotherapy soothes and relaxes sore muscles.

Hydrotherapy soothes and relaxes sore muscles.

What exactly is hydrotherapy? What are its benefits?

Massaging hydrotherapy jets are typically included with the installation of a therapeutic walk-in spa bath. These spa jets come in different forms, or strengths, and offer singular health benefits, the particular selection of which is dependent on the needs of the primary user.

  • Whirlpool or air jets release air bubbles into the bath water, supplying a gentle massaging action, and is perfect for those with sensitive skin issues.
  • Hydrotherapy or water jets continuously recirculate the water in order to promote a stronger, more forceful massage sensation, offering special relief for such ailments as arthritis, circulatory issues, and chronic pain.

There are therapeutic hydrotherapy jets designed to meet the specific needs for your Atlanta home spa bath! Discover yours today!

The deep muscle massage of hydrotherapy (water) jets brings you the benefits of pain and ache relief, improved circulation and faster healing. (Via accessibility professionals)

For more information about hydrotherapy jets for your home spa bath, bathroom remodeling including walk-in tubs, spa bathtubs and roll-in showers in metro Atlanta or north Georgia, please contact us by telephone at 770-880-3405. (Author: J. Vernon)

 

Aging-In-Place Remodeling Checklist, Courtesy of the NAHB

Today, especially in the home building and remodeling industries, universal design concepts and advantages are well known. Just imagine, if 20 or 30 years ago, home builders had adopted the finer points of universal design home design. We would have far fewer seniors and people with disabilities struggling to find aging in place home modification equipment and remodeling services today. 55+ adults and seniors would be easily navigating living spaces within their homes, rather than shopping for walk in tubs and roll in showers, stair lifts, and aging in place bathroom remodeling.

Is your Atlanta home aging in place ready?

Is your Atlanta home aging in place ready?

Quoting from the NAHB article, ‘What is Universal Design’, “Everyone can use universal design! It doesn’t matter if you are young or old. You could be short or tall, healthy or ill. You might have a disability. Or you may be a prize-winning athlete. Because of universal design, people who are very different can all enjoy the same home. And that home will be there for all its inhabitants even when their needs change.”

Use the Aging-In-Place Remodeling Checklist, courtesy of the NAHB, to determine whether your home is aging in place-friendly.

Advances have been made throughout the home in the areas of accessible bath and kitchen fixtures and features, home automation features, and disability equipment design. The five main universal design features that every builder and homeowner would be wise to incorporate into their new homes or remodels are:

  • Zero-step entry with a level threshold at the door
  • One story barrier-free living
  • Wide doorways and hallways
  • 60’ turning radii for general comfort (and possible a wheelchair some day)
  • Lever door handles and rocker light switches

For more information, please visit the Aging in Place and Universal Design pages on the Atlanta Home Modifications website.

Aging in Place Walk in Tubs & Roll in Showers for Atlanta Bathroom Remodeling

Is your bathroom designed to accommodate your family’s needs for today and tomorrow? Aging-in-place and universal design bathroom design principles incorporate a 60” wheelchair turning radius, wider doorways, roll-under sinks, and many more features that make a home accessible to all. In fact, when these principles are applied correctly to Atlanta bathroom remodeling projects, they make the bathroom accessible for today, and tomorrow, as well!

Aging in Place Accessible Bathroom

Aging in Place Accessible Bathroom

Many metro Atlanta homeowners living in communities such as Lawrenceville, Dunwoody, Buckhead and Marietta are planning to remodel the bathroom in order to gain access for bathing and toileting. They are performing bathroom upgrades that would not have been necessary had the home been designed with aging-in-place and universal design / 55+ design principles originally. These Atlanta bathroom remodeling projects solve the accessibility problems faced by many aging homeowners in our local communities.

If you are a person with a disability, have a family member in the home with special needs, or are an individual recovering from an illness, you may require modifications such as a walk in barrier free tub, roll in showers, or other home modifications to make your bathroom accessible.

  • Walk-In Bathtubs: For those who cannot stand for long periods of time (or at all), the walk-in bathtub allows easy access to bathing without having to hoist oneself dangerously into a contemporary tub.
  • Roll-In Showers: These showers not only have easier access but are designed to be used while safely seated. These showers also have the space needed for a caregiver to help out.
  • Grab Bars: Strategically installed around the bathroom can give a fall preventing hand-hold. Additionally can be used to hoist oneself out of a wheelchair.
  • Safety Lights: Bathrooms get steamy which can disorient the elderly. Backlit LED lights help keep a person oriented and safe.

jacuzzi_walk-in_tub_Atlanta_GA_frontHome Modifications–Ramps, Stair lifts and Bathroom Upgrades
Preventative measures to help 50+ seniors and elderly Atlanta residents stay safe include home modifications such as wheelchair ramps for homes, straight and curved stairlifts, and roll-in shower and walk-in bath installations. Would any of these accessibility home modifications or bathroom remodeling projects solve your mobility problems and enable you to move freely within your home?

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Get more info from the certified aging in place professionals at Atlanta Home Modifications at 770-880-3405 to learn more about bathroom fall prevention for 50+ seniors and elderly Atlanta residents. Bathroom remodeling is challenging for many metro Atlanta homeowners living in diverse north Georgia communities such as Lawrenceville, Dunwoody, Buckhead and Marietta—but, for a person with a disability, it can be overwhelming. We would like to help!

Jacuzzi Walk-in Tubs – Features & Prices for Atlanta Homes

The Jacuzzi® Finestra™ Therapy Walk in Bathtubs are designed to provide safe andjacuzzi_walk-in_tub_Atlanta_GA_accessibility convenient access for a comfortable bathing experience in homes throughout metro Atlanta and north Georgia. Equipped with the latest Jacuzzi technology and a variety of standard safety features such as grab bars and slip-resistant flooring, the Finestra Therapy Walk In Bathtub features a precision-close double-sealed door with a new magnetic latching system that locks out leaks and water loss, and an integral seat in two heights of 14-inch or 17-inch.

Offering the soothing massaging action of the patented jets, along with the ability to fine-tune your experience from stimulating to serene—the Finestra Walk In Bathtubs are available as Soaking Baths, Whirlpool, Pure Air™, and Salon™ Spas. Learn more at Finestra Walk In Bathtubs about additional Luxury Collection Baths from Jaccuzzi.

Competitive walk-in tub pricing includes a solid warranty and shipping and installation jacuzzi_walk-in_tub_Atlanta_GA_accessibility_Finestracosts giving you the peace of mind that comes with protecting your independence. Installation costs are dependent upon the layout and design of your home, and require a personal in-home evaluation to assess. The electrical, plumbing and physical layout of the home all play a role in proper and safe installation of your walk in tub. We offer a free in-home consultation where a trained representative will discuss your needs, evaluate the installation requirements in your home, and give you a firm price estimate for the Jacuzzi walk-in tub installation before he leaves.

For more information, contact Atlanta Home Modifications, LLC by telephone at 770-880-3405.

The Georgia Dept of Human Services Offers Community Based Disability & Home Modification Services

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Are you a senior 55+, elderly or person with disabilities desiring to remain living in your Atlanta home longer, in spite of mobility challenges? The Georgia Department of Human Services offers community based services to assist people in need, and some of the services include home modifications. The following is quoted from the GA Dept. of Human Services Division of Aging Services website, the 2008 – 2011 State Plan stated:

The Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) program makes available a variety of services to individual consumers, and to groups of consumers, to support and assist older Georgians ( and their caregivers, when present) in maintaining their independence in their homes and communities These services support older persons and their families in living longer, living safely and living well. In SFY 2006, 36,793 individual older adults, including caregivers, received one or more HCB individual services.”

The Division of Aging Services, along with Area Agencies on Aging, offer support and services to infirm elderly and their care givers, including home modifications.

According to the 2008 – 2011 plan, one of the future areas of emphasis for the community based services is to provide additional home modifications and assistive devices to promote independence. Non-Medicaid Home and Community Based Services focus on solutions to help older Georgians live with safety and independence in their own homes.

For additional information about funding assistive technology and disability home modifications such as ramps and stair lifts, visit the Funding Resources page at Atlanta Home Modifications, LLC, — an Atlanta based accessibilty design and installation company.

Walk-in Tubs for Atlanta, Lawrenceville, Dunwoody, Buckhead and Marietta Homeowners

Are you an Atlanta, Lawrenceville, Dunwoody, Buckhead or Marietta homeowner planning a bathroom remodel that will last a lifetime? Aging-in-place and universal design 55+ design principles when applied correctly to a new bathroom design, will make your bathroom accessible today, and tomorrow, as well!

Here are the primary bathroom aging-in-place design strategies: atlanta-lawrenceville-dunwoody-buckhead-marietta-stair-lift-ramp-walk-in-tub

  • A wide bathroom doorway and adjacent hallway with 60” turning radius at the end of the hall;
  • Accessible bathroom fixtures with grab bars and roll-in shower or walk-in bathtub;
  • Lever handles on doors and faucets, and rocker panel light switches;
  • Remote lock and unlocking door hardware.

The main Universal design features for the home include:

  • Level access to at least one exterior door;
  • One bedroom and one bath on the main level;
  • Wide doorways and hallways to move easily from room to room;
  • Accessible bathroom facilities on the main floor;
  • Extra floor space for roominess, and wheelchair freedom;
  • Stacked closets for future residential home elevators.

Atlanta Home Modifications, LLC  offers accessibility expertise, certified aging-in-place specialization and home modifications experience to assist you with the selection and installation of a new Ella’s Walk-In Tub for your home, EZ-Access aluminum ramps, and Bruno, Sterling and Savaria Stair Lifts.

Atlanta Home Modifications, LLC provides accessible stair lifts, wheelchair platform lifts, wood and metal ramps, roll-in showers and roll-under sinks for homeowners in North Georgia Communities including Atlanta, Lawrenceville, Dunwoody, Buckhead and Marietta.

Contact the Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist at Atlanta Home Modifications, LLC for a complimentary home assessment by calling 770.880.3405, or by email at  Info@AtlantaHomeMods.com. Visit the Atlanta Home Mods website for more information about how to apply aging-in-place accessibility design strategies to your Atlanta, Lawrenceville, Dunwoody, Buckhead or Marietta Home.

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Aging-In-Place Design for Atlanta, Lawrenceville, Dunwoody, Buckhead and Marietta Homes

Are you planning to live in your Atlanta, Lawrenceville, Dunwoody, Buckhead or Marietta home for your lifetime? The following aging-in-place and universal design principles apply to making your home accessible for today, and for tomorrow, too!

The primary aging-in-place design strategies include:

  • Zero-step entry with level access (no steps) from the driveway to the door at a atlanta-lawrenceville-dunwoody-buckhead-marietta-stair-lift-ramp-walk-in-tubminimum of one outside door on the main floor;
  • Wide doorways and hallways with 60” turning radius at the end of the hall;
  • Accessible Bathroom with grab bars and roll-in shower or walk-in bathtub;
  • Lever handles on doors and faucets, and rocker panel light switches;
  • Remote lock and unlocking door hardware.

Universal design principles include level access to at least one exterior door; One-story living with the dining, living room, and at least one bedroom and one bath on the main level; Wide doorways and hallways to move easily from room to room; Accessible walk-in tub or roll-in shower; Extra floor space for roominess, and wheelchair freedom; and stacked closets for future residential home elevators.

Atlanta Home Modifications, LLC  has the accessibility expertise, certified-aging-in-place specialization and home modifications experience to assist you with the selection and installation of a new Ella’s Walk-In Tub for your home, EZ-Access aluminum ramps, and Bruno, Sterling and Savaria Stair Lifts.

Atlanta Home Modifications, LLC provides accessible stair lifts, wheelchair platform lifts, wood and metal ramps, roll-in showers and roll-under sinks for homeowners in North Georgia Communities including Atlanta, Lawrenceville, Dunwoody, Buckhead and Marietta.

Contact the Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist at Atlanta Home Modifications, LLC for a complimentary home assessment by calling 770.880.3405, or by email at  Info@AtlantaHomeMods.com . Visit the Atlanta Home Mods websitefor more information about how to apply aging-in-place accessibility design strategies to your Atlanta, Lawrenceville, Dunwoody, Buckhead or Marietta Home.

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