Finding the Best Seating for Showers

close-up of shower seat

What is the seat in a shower called?

Whether it is for yourself, an elderly parent, or any member of your family, a shower seat can make a lot of difference in how comfortably, safely, and thoroughly a person showers. Even for a woman that just gave birth and can’t sit in a tub, sitting in the shower can be a blessing with a modern shower seat

Modern shower seats are made especially for use in bathtubs or showers by people that aren’t able to stand while showering or for a person that can’t take a sit-down bath. It can also help a caretaker assist a person with their bathing needs and help them out of the tub or shower. 

Today, modern shower seats are referred to as tub seats, shower benches, shower seats, or bath seats. There are various styles with different features. A modern shower seat should not be confused with a transfer bench. A transfer bench is used to help a person from their wheelchair to the shower and back again. Anyone can use a modern shower seat; it is a great way for women to shave their legs safely or for anyone else with grooming needs. 

Are shower benches good?

A modern shower seat or bench is a good way to cost-effectively improve the function and safety of a walk-in shower. For a built-in modern shower seat that isn’t needed for seating, they can be used for shelving and to place your foot on while shaving or washing your legs and feet. 

How do I choose a shower seat?

Modern shower seats today have anti-slip feet, are rust-resistant, and sturdy. Different styles of modern shower seats include: 

  • No Back or Arms: For a person with good back strength and balancing ability, this chair is ideal to help conserve their energy. Choose one that has a non-slip seat surface with holes in the seat for water draining. Make sure it also has non-skid feet on the legs. 
  • Full Back: Ideal for a person that has a weak back. The chair back provides them support and gives them something to balance with as they stand. You can choose one with a padded seat for comfort and for somebody with tender skin issues. A chair can be more comfortable than a hard plastic seat. Some come with removeable arms and backs. Make sure there are non-skid feet on the legs. 

What is the best material for a shower seat?

No matter the need for a shower chair, you want one that will blend with the other bathroom elements. However, it needs to be durable, functional, and most of all, safe. Today, modern shower chairs are available in a variety of materials: 


A popular choice because of the price point and common when the need is for the medical purposes of a disabled or elderly person. They come with adjustable backs, different heights, and removable arms. A sturdy plastic seat with metal legs and rubber grips on the legs for safety is easy to clean but not necessarily for aesthetic appeal. 


Modern shower seats can be found in a variety of different woods. Most are bacteria, mold, and water-resistant.  The different types of wood are: 

  • Teak: A dense material that offers a luxurious spa touch to any bathroom. Known for its durability and water resistance, and easy to maintain with teak oil and a teak sealer reapplied every so often to keep it beautiful. Mildew and moisture resistant, ideal for any bathroom. 
  • Bamboo: An affordable and good-looking option for a modern shower seat. Less expensive than teak, but more so than plastic. It requires regular coating with mineral oil to keep it looking attractive or it gets mildewed and molded. 
  • Cedar: A beautiful redwood that is known for its aroma. It should be sealed before use to protect this sturdy wood. It is susceptible to decay and rot from constant moisture and will swell over time. 


A durable material that can handle high-moisture conditions and requires no maintenance or preservation. It is expensive and not the most comfortable modern shower seat. The most popular stone modern shower seats are: 

  • Marble: A beautiful stone that can make your bathroom look and feel elegant. Must be sealed properly to maintain its beauty. Water-resistant and humidity tough, this offers a touch of sophistication that will last forever. 
  • Granite: Much like marble in features, this porous stone absorbs liquids quickly, so should be sealed first, with this process repeated on a routine basis. An expensive option in modern shower seats. 
  • Quartz: A manmade manufactured stone that is low maintenance and non-porous, making it a popular choice. Sealing isn’t necessary to keep it beautiful, but it is expensive. 
  • Tile: A popular choice for modern shower seating because it adapts to any bathroom styling. It can be difficult to clean, making maintenance a number one drawback. 

How do you waterproof a shower bench?

A plastic modern shower seat won’t need waterproofing; however, if you choose wood or stone, you will need to seal it, and most of them will need resealing periodically.  They should come with instructions on this and the contractor that installs the unit should provide a tutorial and a list of recommended products. 

Can you put a chair in the shower?

A regular dining or kitchen chair – absolutely not! A shower chair, one that is made for the bath or shower should be the only type of chair placed in the shower. Follow the guidelines and information we have discussed here to get the best and safest modern shower seat or chair. 

What should I use instead of a shower chair?

If you only have a bathtub or a small shower where a modern shower seat or bench won’t fit, there are bath stools that are height adjustable.  You can also try a transfer bench for a safe and practical sitting aid. 

shower with a shower seat inside

In Conclusion

For anyone needing a modern shower seat or bench, the expense is sometimes hindering the purchase. So a common question is, “Will Medicare pay for a shower chair?” and the answer is complicated. 

Medicare Part B requires the chair to be doctor-ordered and classified as Durable Medical Equipment, meaning it meets specific medical necessities for the patient. Typically, modern shower chairs and benches are not covered. If one is used while in the hospital or a nursing facility, any charges for that will be paid by Medicare Part A. If you’re seeking more information on modern shower seats, reach out to us today at (972) 581-9865

How to Keep the Elderly Safe at Home

Woman sitting on the bathroom floor after falling.

Ensuring the Safety of Elderly Loved Ones

Whether for their own home or if they’re moving in with you, elder safety is a serious concern. They took care of us and kept us safe – now it is our turn. We start this new chapter of their lives, and our own, with elderly home safety. Many of us on the younger end of the ‘Baby Boomer’ generation are wondering, “Can I care for the elderly in my home?”

Perhaps you’re thinking your home is too small, too crowded, or too busy to house mom and dad, keeping elder safety in mind. Fortunately, there are many elder care safety products on the market today that make it possible to keep a parent, grandparent, or any other elderly family member in your home. 

Know the Essentials of Elderly Safety

The first thing you want to do is research and ask their medical professionals what is needed for proper elder safety in their opinion. Each doctor or medical professional will have a certain focus and you’ll want to find a way to incorporate them into your home while also maintaining your home. With the information they provide you, create an elder care home safety checklist. Now, begin your task of creating an environment that is an elder safe home, and still home for you and your family. 

So, how to make the home safer for the elderly? Here are ten elder safety steps to take before mom, dad, or a grandparent moves in with you: 

  1. Fall Hazards. Preventing falls is a huge concern for elder safety because it is the number one cause of injury for the elderly. For your part, do the following:
  • Toss the throw rugs. That decorative touch is a trip hazard for anyone in a walker or using a cane. 
  • Declutter. Keep clothes off the floor, keep shoes out of doorways, and remove any stacks of magazines or newspapers on the floor. 
  • Old, unusable furniture should be donated or tossed.
  • Create an open environment. For elderly in wheelchairs, you’ll need to widen doorways to a minimum 32” across. Eliminate tight corners at every doorway so maneuverability is easy. 
  • Don’t stretch extension cords across a room.
  • Make sure they wear non-slip footwear inside the house. 
  1. Have emergency numbers on hand. If your elderly loved one doesn’t have a cell phone, consider getting them one or have a landline installed. Make sure they know how to use the phone – the fewer bells, options, and whistles, the better. 

As we age, our brains don’t always remember things, especially in an emergency situation. Keep emergency numbers posted by each phone in the house in large block letters and numbers. Those emergency numbers should include: 

  • 911
  • Emergency numbers of family, friends, and neighbors
  • Your elderly loved one’s caregiving service
  • Your elderly loved one’s healthcare providers
  • Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222
  1. Fire Prevention. Just as you do with toddlers, you want to make your home void of any fire hazards and be prepared if there is a fire.
  • Keep the batteries refreshed in the carbon monoxide and carbon detectors on a regular basis.
  • Check all electric appliances, cords, and lamps and replace any that are damaged or frayed. Make sure power surge protectors and extension cores aren’t overloaded. 
  • Remove all candles from your home. 
  • Show your elderly loved one how and where to escape in case of a fire. Remind them of “Stop, Drop, and Roll” if they catch on fire. 
  • Remove all space heaters.
  1. Bathroom Elderly Safety. The bathroom is a risky room where elderly individuals are prone to falling and being scalded. Address the following issues to minimize this issue:
  • Install elderly safety bars in the shower and next to the toilet.
  • Set the water heater thermostat at 120° F.
  • Put slip resistant rubber mats in the tub.
  • Consider installing a walk-in bathtub model.
  • Place a bath stool in the tub or shower. 
  • Install a hand-held showerhead.
  • Install a raised toilet seat with handlebars. 
  • Remove mirrors.
  • Install nightlights in the bathroom and hallways. 

There are other ways to make homes safer for the elderly from the bedroom to the kitchen, including special lighting and stairways. There are also elderly safety assistance programs that can provide you a guide and even come to your home to inspect, survey, and suggest changes. 

Older woman's hand holding a bathroom rail.

In Closing 

When it comes to elder care and safety, we can’t be too careful. The same diligence we used when our children were toddlers must now be used for the safety of our parents and grandparents. The market is full of elderly safety devices that will assure their safety and make life easier for them and you. And if you are interested in elder safety in Bartonville, TX to help keep your elder loved one safe, reach out to the AZTX Walk In Tubs, LLC team at (972) 581-9865.

What is an accessible home?

accessible home with ramp

What is ADA accessibility requirements?

In the history of mankind, homes were built to protect us from the elements and privacy. They were expected to have a roof, four walls with windows and doors. Then, as the government became more involved, for the sake of safety of the citizen, certain laws have been established, including making homes handicap accessible

The DOJ (Department of Justice) established the Americans with Disability Act, aka the ADA. Originally, with the goal to make public places more accessible and safer for Americans with disabilities. Then they expanded out into the world, requiring the same accessibility for schools and into our homes. While they have yet to make handicap accessible required for existing homes, there are policies in place for new builds and remodels. 

In 1990, the ADA became a law that prohibited the discrimination against people with disabilities. In 2010, major revisions were made to the federal law. Additionally, there are state and local laws and rules that businesses must adhere. 

Some of those laws include having handicap accessible entrance. How wide are handicap accessible doors? Handicap accessible doors must have a clearance of 32 inch width for wheelchair accessibility between the door face and the opposite side. The threshold must be no higher than half inch at handicap accessible doors and existing doors must be no higher than three-fourth of an inch and must be beveled at a maximum slope of 1:2. 

A basic overview of physical handicap accessible requirements include: 

  • Approach and entrance: In addition to doorways, this includes parking spaces, entrance to elevators, ramps, etc. 
  • Access to goods and services: Persons with disabilities should be able to access goods and services without requiring help. This includes seating in public places, elevator buttons, items on counters and shelves, self-serve foods and beverage counters, etc. 
  • Access and maneuver public restrooms: One stall should be able to accommodate wheelchair entrance, have handlebars on walls, sinks and drying appliances should be reachable by wheelchair. 
accessible tub

What is handicap accessible bathroom?

A handicap accessible bathroom should be 30” x 48” in size to allow mobility devices to each plumbing fixture with ease, including turning the wheelchair around. For wheelchair accessibility through doorways, they should be no less than 34” wide. 

There are approximately thirty million Americans in wheelchair currently, all facing challenges of being wheelchair bound. In every home, the bathroom is the most dangerous place, and with the many access challenges for a wheelchair bound person, it becomes even more dangerous. 

In the bathroom, the shower and tub are the most hazardous with the toilet coming in close second. Small area and lack or maneuverability are the number 1 cause for accidents in the bathroom. 

With these facts in mind, here is a list of 5 things that need to be considered when designing a handicap accessible bathroom:

1. Handicap Accessible Tubs and Showers 

  • Place or have installed a shower seat, fixed, or rolling, no less than 17” high, no higher than 19”. 
  • A shower without a curb for a walker or wheelchair bound person, with the opening floor level and sloping toward the drain. A minimum 36” wide to open for person using a transfer seat or 60” wide for wheelchair access and mobility. 
  • A walk-in tub allows easier access for everyone, have tub controls installed at front edge of tub. 
  • Grab bars installed in all bathing areas with two on the sidewall for standing and sitting positions. Grab bars on two walls for roll-in shower access and controls installed near grab bars.
  • A nonslip floor that is textured tile or a slatted wood over a concrete floor.
  • Anti-scald mixing water valves to for safe temperature and volume. A 120 degree limit for tub and shower is recommended. 
  • Countertop or shelving for placement of bathing products, hair care, washcloth, et cetera. Accessible ample storage for products that eliminate falling items and are easy to be reached by wheelchair bound person. 
  • Install glass doors and overhead lights in shower.
  • Shower controls installed for easy access without getting in the water. 
  • Handheld showerhead with 60” hose. 
  • Towel hook or shelf within easy reach to dry off before getting out of shower. 

 2.Bathroom Sink and Vanity Handicap Accessibility

  • Wall mounted sink without underneath cabinetry. 
  • Front of sink need 34” maximum height and 27” clearance for knees, or a sink that can be approached from side.
  • Single-handle faucets, easy to turn and adjust, handsfree is preferable. 
  • Long or tilt mirror mounted at low position.
  • Sturdy furniture or vanity that can be held on for balancing while maneuvering where grab bar isn’t available. 
  • Personal healthcare items placement within reach of wheelchair bound person. 
  • Easy access storage for curlers, hair dryers, linens, cleaning supplies, curlers, etc. 
  • Low drawers with full pull out to allow ample accessible storage.

3.Bathroom Toilet Handicap Accessibility

  • Toilet should be between 17” and 9” high. 
  • Toilet paper dispenser installed at a comfortable height toward the front of toilet. 
  • Store things that a user may need with easy access like medical equipment, sanitary products, toilet paper, and wipes. 
  • One grab bar installed to side of the toilet within 18” to fixture or wall.

4. Bathroom Lighting Handicap Accessibility

  • Position lighting so it is evenly casted without shadows, ideally natural light is best. 
  • Install light switches low for wheelchair accessibility. 
  • Extra light distributed evenly over the compete bathroom with no glare. 
  • Motion detector lighting is ideal for Handicap Accessibility, large toggle switch or push button switches.

5. General Bathroom Safety for Handicap Accessibility 

  • Bathroom should be no smaller than 30” x 48” and mobility devices at each plumbing fixture with room for wheelchair to turn around.
  • Doorway should be no less than 34” wide for  wheelchair access with lever style door handle.
  • Bathroom door should swing outward to allow ore room in the bathroom. A pocket door for small bathrooms is recommended. 
  • Keep loose bathmats off the floor.
  • Bathroom should be large enough for handicapped person and an second person for assistance. 
  • Easily accessed storage compartments with shelving that pulls out to keep clutter contained. 
  • Thoughts for easy access to accessories like paper dispense, robe hooks, soap dishes, toothbrushes, and towel bars.
  • GFCI electrical outlets in lower position.  

Everyone in every home can’t all accommodate handicap accessible living, but we can try to make as many handicap accessible homes as possible, especially where there are handicapped occupants.  So, how do I make my home disabled friendly? There are several ways to make a home handicap accessible, some will require remodeling, others are just a matter of thinking it through. 

  • Entry Points: Eliminate or Modify Steps
  • First-Floor Bathroom & Bedroom
  • Widen Doorways & Hallways
  • Retrofit Your Bathroom
  • Install Adequate Lighting
  • Consider all Obstacles

Research and seek any possible assistance to pay for the remodeling you may need to do. Grants for creating a handicap accessible home aren’t guaranteed, just like education grants. Present your needs in a well-documented  your needs and completely and thorough fill out any paperwork required including detail on how the grant money will help with the needed changes, crucial to the handicap person’s lifestyle. Call (972) 581-9865 today for your accessible tub installation in Bartonville, TX.

Are walk in tubs safe for seniors?

tub with step

How much water does a walk in tub require?

Are walk in tubs good for seniors? Yes, but walk in tubs for senior citizens can also be beneficial for those with physical challenges or disabilities too. It doesn’t have to be just for an elderly parent or grandparent moving in with you, a walk in tub could be the answer for anyone needing assistance with the basics of daily hygiene.

If a walk in tub is something you’ve considered for your home, for any reason, you probably have questions.  Within this piece today, we’re going to review some common questions and some that you may wonder but won’t ask out loud.  Read on to learn a bit more about walk in tubs for the home. 

A walk in tub is taller than standard bathtub, but it won’t require that much more water. In fact, depending on how you’re accustomed to taking your bath in a standard bathtub, it may use less. The average amount of water used in a standard tub is between 42 gallons and up to 80 gallons versus the 50 gallons of a walk in tub. 

As you shop around for a walk in tub, inquire if they are able to upgrade your water heater to a larger capacity so that you have all the hot water you need for those long deep soaks!  There are several different models of walk in tubs with some including safety features like handrails built in, floors with slip resistance, and low step entry with contoured seating built in. Look for therapeutic features as well like aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, and water jets all built in to walk in tubs. 

How do walk in tubs not leak?

One look at a walk in tub and the first question that comes to mind is “How does the water not leak out?”. A quality walk in tub and a knowledgeable salesperson will show you how the walk in tub’s design creates a front wall when the door is closed. The independence a walk in tub will offer the user is unsurpassed. The following features keep the water securely inside the walk in tub, making iit a safe way to bath without worry of slipping and falling. 

  • A sealing edge fits the door preventing water from leaking.
  • The door must be closed before the walk in tub fills up.
  • The door won’t opened until the water has drained from the walk in tub and a fast drain feature is available on several models.
  • When water reaches the edge of the walk in tub, the same method of sealing the standard tub are used to keep the water inside. 

Every aspect of a walk in tub installation is the same as the standard tub installation, with beneficial features for the disabled, handicapped, or the unsure elderly. 

How long does it take for a walk in tub to drain?

Remember, the tub won’t fill or drain when the door is open, so getting the upgrade to a heated seat and rapid drain is recommended to keep the body warm as the walk-in tub fills and drains.  With the standard drain, it can take 15 minutes before the door will release and open. With a rapid drain upgrade, that wait time is cut down to 8 minutes on average. 

Can you use bubble bath in a walk in tub?

Today, a walk in tub will have jets or whirlpool to provide the hydrotherapy feature. You can use a bubble bath product, just not as much as you would in a standard bathtub. Why? Because the jetted and whirlpool actions agitate the product, creating more bubbles than you would have in a standard tub. As you shop for a walk in tub, ask the salesperson to verify the manufacturer’s advice on this topic. Then choose a bath product that features low foam, water soluble and approved for a jetted tub. Be sure to thorough clean the tub after bathing. 

Can you use Epsom salts in a walk-in tub?

Yes, in moderation, Epsom salts can be used in a walk in tub. The tub should be cleaned thoroughly afterward, and once a month, changing, or cleaning the filter is recommended. 

walk in tub wide bathroom

Are walk-in tubs covered by medicare?

Unfortunately, the cost of walk in tub for seniors is not covered by original Medicare. However, financial assistance may be available from Mediate in some rare instances in order of reimbursement. Meaning, you must pay for the walk in tub out of pocket and file a claim and a reimbursement check will be issued. 

With Medicare Advantage, benefits for health related supplements was updated in 2018 and if you can prove any of the following, you may be eligible for financial assistance I paying for a walk in tub: 

  • Diagnose, prevent, or treat a disease, injury
  • Help needed with physical injuries or weaknesses
  • Provide better function and/or psychologically of physical and heath issues
  • Reduce possible need of emergency care

Before making the decision to purchase a walk in tub, review your Medicare and Medicare Advantages as well as any private insurance for financial assistance. This cost should include the purchase and installation of the walk in tub.  The installation could require some reconfiguring and remodeling of the current bathroom. Call (972) 581-9865 today for your walk in tub installation in Bartonville, TX.

How do I make my tub handicap accessible?

handicap accessible tub

What is needed for a handicap bathroom?

You have an elderly parent or other family member moving in soon. Now you’re getting their room ready for them, and in general preparing your home. When that loved one is wheelchair bound, that creates additional concerns, like getting in and out of the bathtub safely. Now, you’re looking at creating a handicap bathroom, including a wheelchair bathtub

When you need to certain requirements for a loved one to accessibility, meeting those needs in the bathroom are challenging and mystified. While that is important,  the  bathroom still needs to meet the needs for everyone else in the household. Here, we offer some information and tips to give you a guideline that will include the handicapped accessible tub you need.

A Roll-in Shower

A bathtub is difficult for somebody with walking difficulties wheelchair bound person to access for those in wheelchairs or those who have trouble walking. One barrier is the bathtub, so creating a curb-less shower stall will allow the person with special needs full access while leaving it useable for others. It should be large enough to fit a shower chair, wheelchair, or fit a  built-in seat is a good idea.

An Accessible Bath

A wheelchair bathtub will have swinging doors and tall walls, making it easy for the challenged person to enter easily, enjoy a bath, and exit with ease. 

Hardware for Stability

Safety and stability hardware are available today that are functional with style to work with a wheelchair bathtub. The following items can make a bathroom accessible for a wheelchair bound person without making the bathroom look like a hospital: 

  • Grab bars
  • Shower head that removes and has a long hose
  • Easy push/pull motion-sensor faucet handles

Expanded Door Opening

A wheelchair requires a lot of space, especially in the bathroom. Making the door adjustable is essential for a wheelchair bathtub will make it easier enter and exit. A single-user bathroom that meets ADA requirements should include:

  • 30”x 48” access to the sink
  • A 60” or more radiance for wheelchair turning
  • A minimum 16” clearance between toilet and wall

Adjustable Sink Height

Adjustable sink height ability will fit different needs and make using them easier. With the ability to adjust them from wheelchair height to child size height to standard height will make a huge difference in a bathroom. 

Adjustable Toilet Height

An adjustable height for the toilet is as important as an adjustable sink height. This may require a longer base, or the adding base under the toilet.

How do you remodel a handicap bathroom?

The need to renovate a bathroom so that is more accessible for a handicapped person and maintain standard use for others is easier when you have the right professional to guide you.  The following is a guide on the changes needed and how to make those changes effectively.

Choose a design for your bathroom remodeling that will be accessible for the handicapped or older person as well as others like a wheelchair bathtub. It makes bathing easier for the one in a wheelchair to tub bench transfer, but can others use it too?   Start by considering your present needs and what the future will need. Four things you need before starting your bathroom remodeling: 

  • A bathroom to use during remodeling. 
  • Your budget, include special purchases like grab bars, wheelchair bathtub, etc.
  • Advice from contractor experienced with handicap accessibility. 
  • A vision of what you need and want when finished.

How do you replace a bathtub with a walk in tub?

Converting your current bathtub to a shower will need some fore thought and planning. Using the following suggestions can help you navigate the process: 

  1. Determine Placement in The Spacing 
  2. Choose the Walk-In Shower Design
  3. Remove Tiles and Drywall 
  4. Remove the Bathtub
  5. Install Your Walk-In Shower

What size wheelchair accessible tub do I need?

Recommendations by the ADA suggests dimensions for a handicap bathroom be a minimum of 30-inches by 48-inches. This allows ample room for forward or parallel access to all bathroom fixtures. For wheelchair utilization, a 60-inch diameter is recommended for the wheelchair to make a180-degree turn.

hand rail for your stability

What size door is required for wheelchair access?

Accessible folding, hinged, or sliding door should provide a width of 32 inches.  The measurement for a clear width opening should be measured between the door face and the opposite stop. This size of opening will allow the wheelchair bound person to enter the room and ample space to enter the wheelchair bathtub.

The information we’ve provided here is a starting point. Internet searches will find more information and the professional guidance of a contractor that specializes in ADA compliance is always the best route. Call (972) 581-9865 today for your handicap accessible tub installation in Bartonville, TX.

What Does Low Threshold Shower Mean?

Image of new design light bathroom interior with shower

Learn More About Low Threshold Showers

Your bathroom shower is the place where you go to relax and incorporate a vital part of your routine to feeling refreshed. It’s important that use is easy and accessible in and out of the tub. When it comes to easier accessibility, a low threshold shower is great to consider for your property. A low threshold shower will not only have easier access but also provide a contemporary look to your bathroom. You’ll be able to choose from a variety of materials and styles so that you may enjoy your shower for years to come. As there are many specifics when it comes to a low threshold shower, make sure to contact a qualified shower company to get the guidance needed for your requirements and goals. Until then, here is some general background information regarding a low threshold shower that may prove of use to you.

What is the step into a shower called?

The step that you walk over to enter the shower, or the front edge of the shower, is referred to as the threshold. This curb will keep water in the shower pan.

What is the difference between shower pan and shower base?

A shower pan is the actual shower floor that you step on and the base is the structure underneath the shower itself. Both will channel water into the drain.

What is a low threshold shower?

A low threshold shower will only have a small area to step over in comparison to tubs where they are larger. This will allow for people who have mobility issues to have easier access in and out of the shower. 

How tall should shower threshold be?

The standard height for a shower curb in the US is two inches above the drain. Threshold heights can vary by half an inch to two inches based on the shower or pan’s designs and sizes. There are standard codes that dimensions must have in the US and these dimensions can vary especially if a low threshold shower is needed. There are also requirements that accommodate dimensions for those with special requirements or disabilities.

Does a shower pan need to be level?

Depending on the type of shower pan that you may have you may need to install a mortar or shim it up. In either case, leveling the pan with installation will ensure proper fit.  

What is a zero clearance shower?

A zero clearance shower is a zero threshold shower that is considered walk-in as the bathroom and shower floor are flush with no dam. There won’t be a sill or lip to step over which makes it easier for those in wheelchairs to enter.

Photo of solid fixture in commodious new style bathroom

How do you keep water in a curbless shower?

  • Sloping Floor: slope should not exceed half an inch per foot, have it slope the floor subtly toward the drain. If it’s steeper it will make it difficult for wheelchair-bound individuals to remain level when using the shower.
  • Linear Trench Drain: involves a narrow trough across the floor at the opening of the shower covered with a perforated grate that allows water to flow through the trough. May be used with sloping floors or alone. If it’s used as a sole means of water containment have multiple drain lines to avoid blockages.  
  • Collapsible Threshold: aka water dam; easily compresses beneath weight and springs back up to prevent water from escaping beyond a perimeter. Is wheelchair accessible.
  • Weighted Shower Curtain: make sure it’s long enough to almost touch the floor without bunching or dragging.

Are Curbless showers more expensive?

As a curbless shower will require proper waterproofing on the walls and floors it will require more labor and materials so costs may vary.

What do you use for shower threshold?

Marble materials can be a good choice for the threshold of the bathroom door or around the shower. A marble barrier will be able to effectively mark boundaries and keep water from going into other areas.

What is the best material to use for a shower pan?

There are many materials for your shower pan that you may consider such as composite which are built to be very durable, watertight, and avoid leaks from coming through or underneath the shower pan. Consider this option to prevent water damages in the future. Ultimately the types of materials are numerous, speak with a professional to learn more.

Install a Low Threshold Shower With a Professional Company

If you’re in the market for a low threshold shower rely on a well-established company to assist you. Only with a professional will you get top-rated recommendations that will match your needs. Installations will be secure and will match with your specific property specifications. You can ensure that dimensions will match with requirements and accessibility will be easier for all who utilize the shower. Get in touch with an expert regarding a low threshold shower today and enjoy easier shower use.

Get more information regarding a low threshold shower in Bartonville, TX by calling (972) 581-9865 with the experts at AZTX Walk In Tubs, LLC today!

What is a stall shower?

shower stall

Installing a seated shower stall

A bathtub is for sitting to bathe and a shower stall is for standing to bathe, right? So why would your shower stall need a shower seat? For a young, agile, healthy person, there may not be any reason, but an elderly person, a person healing from an injury or surgery, or an expectant mother, that shower seat or bench is a wonderful addition to any shower stall. 

There have been single shower seats that you can purchase to use in the shower, they have rubber feet to keep them from sliding around. You could get shower seats with backrest or without. Today, you can have a shower seat built into your shower, where it almost looks like one piece. 

With the advanced in shower seat ideas and designs, there are many options you can get for your shower seat. Like a shower seat and storage, the various colors, patterns, and textures. It appears there is more to know about shower seats and shower stalls than what most of us realize, read on and you may learn a few things: 

What sizes do shower stalls come in?       

When homeowners are remodeling or updating their bathrooms, converting the tub into a walk-in shower is often at the top of that list. Most will go with a prefab unit from the local home improvement big box stores. Others will choose a customized walk-in shower with a shower seat, handles, and other small upgrades. A shower seat for elderly is important if you have elderly family member living with you. 

Why are walk-in showers such so desired now? It creates more space in a bathroom, or the illusion of more space and provides a clean-line appearance, almost monochromatic. Other reasons for walk-in shower desires: 

  • A shower is quicker than a bath
  • Door closes off and keeps water inside better than shower curtain
  • Easier to get in and out
  • Showerhead settings to massage the back, head, shoulders, etc.
  • Multiple shower nozzles available

The smallest a pre-fab shower comes in an interior dimension of 32 inches by 32 inches. There are pre-fab units that are larger, 36 inches by 48 inches, giving you more elbow room.  If you’re going with a customized walk-in shower, you can get it as large as you want that fits within the space allotted for a shower. If you’re going to have a shower seat, the larger size would be more comfortable. 

How high should shower seat be? and How deep should shower seat be?

Both the International Code Council and the National Kitchen & Bath Association advise that when designing and planning a custom shower with a shower seat, allow the guidelines as to set forth and  eliminate any options that may violate these codes. 

If the built-in shower is being added to comply with doctor’s orders, they will usually have specific recommendations how install shower seat that accommodates any specific treatment process. These specific recommendations would include any specifics for a shower seat as well. 

A should be no less than 900 square inches according to the International Residential Code, or 30” X 30”. It is their recommendation to have a 30”round disc to use for measuring guidelines when adding a built-in shower seat or bench to assure meeting all code inspections. The shower should be large enough to accommodate the shower bench or shower seat, leaving room to maneuver in the shower comfortable and safely.  

Showerhead in shower stall

A Few Words on Designs and Styles

The first step in choosing a built-in shower bench or shower seat is the style you like and fits your shower. Common choices are rectangular or square bench or a corner shower seat. An elaborate and elegant customized shower will sometimes let the shower bench or shower seat be the centerpiece of the masterbatch. 

  • For a smaller shower area, the built-in corner shower seat is popular because it can service multiple purposes. Not only is this a shower seat, but it is a place for resting your leg as you shave. It is also used to place toiletries or to sit and wash your feet. 
  • Using the same tile for the built-in corner shower seat will keep the aesthetics smooth and in unison. 
  • Shower seat with rounded edges are more comfortable when sitting. 
  • The built-in corner shower seat is good for larger shower setups up too. 
  • A built-in shower bench provides the same shower seating but can be designed to extend the same width as the shower, even wrap around for style
  • A larger shower design will allow room for a shower seating or shower bench with a footrest. 

Another option to consider is the floating shower bench, which requires being built and installed by a professional. This is ideal when there are limits of space in the shower, but shower seating is desired or needed. A floating bench is a single stone slab and when installed by a professional will have the appearance of a floating in the shower, much like floating shelves in the bedrooms. Call (972) 581-9865 today.

What Is a Hydrotherapy Tub?

A Woman Soaks in a Hydrotherapy Tub.

What is a hydrotherapy tub?

From relieving the pain of arthritis or sore muscles to managing high blood pressure, hydrotherapy helps people with a long list of ailments. Hydrotherapy involves immersing yourself in warm water to aid in restoring health and well being. Many people soak in hot tubs or jacuzzis for hydrotherapy, but there are also specially made hydrotherapy tubs that can be installed either inside or outside. When installed inside, they are often installed in place of a regular bathtub. These tubs normally use jets of water for massages as well as featuring temperature control options.

Physicians value hydrotherapy and often prescribe it for patients with conditions like arthritis or even multiple sclerosis. If you are interested in benefitting from hydrotherapy in your home and want find out about installing hydrotherapy tubs in Bartonville, TX, the experts at AZTX Walk In Tubs, LLC are ready to help you. Find out more about how you can benefit from one of these tubs by calling (972) 581-9865.

What is a hydromassage bathtub?

While some people use hot tubs or jacuzzis for hydrotherapy, you can also install a hydromassage tub to use in the comfort and privacy of your own bathroom. Hydromassage tubs, or hydrotherapy tubs, and specifically designed for hydrotherapy. They feature controls to manage water temperature and to manipulate the jets of water for ideal massages on various parts of the body. 

What are the benefits of hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy has numerous benefits and is known to help people with a range of issues from arthritis and multiple sclerosis to sore muscles and high blood pressure. Some of the ways hydrotherapy benefits people include:

  • Warm water helps relax muscles as well as ease pain in joints. It can improve your ability to exercise and move about.
  • Your weight is supported in water so your range of movement increases in your joints to help ease the pain.
  • You can use water to provide resistance so you can move your joints. When you push against the water, you also work and strengthen your muscles.
  • Back pain can also be relieved through warm water and the massage received from jets of water.

What are the side effects of hydrotherapy?

While hydrotherapy has many benefits, you can also experience a few problems. Some problems occur because people stay in their hydrotherapy tubs too long or they get the water too hot. Although hydrotherapy is often used to relieve sore and aching muscles, you can also experience the opposite effect and end up sore or experience pain. Some people report experiencing hip bursitis, or inflammation that causes moderate to severe pain. Other report cramping in their calf muscles or feet. Fatigue is also possible, especially from overexposure.

Are jetted tubs sanitary?

For the most part, jetted hydrotherapy tubs are sanitary, especially newer tubs that feature much more rigid pipes or arched flexible pipes that allow the tubs to fully drain. Older tubs with flexible piping can have drainage issues over time. The longer these older tubs are used, the water begins to weigh down the flexible pipes, eventually causing them to bow. As they bow they retain water and the standing water can lead to bacteria growth. If you have an older tub, you might want to check the pipes and make sure they are in good condition and draining properly.   

How to clean a hydrotherapy tub

While hydrotherapy tubs are sanitary, like regular bathtubs they do need to be cleaned for them to remain so. These tubs are actually similar to hot tubs and require similar cleaning methods, and should be cleaned at least once per month, especially the jets. This will prevent problems like bacteria or mold build-up in the jets.  

One effective way to clean the tub requires just five simple steps:

  1. Fill the tub with cool (though not cold) water. The water should cover the jets about 1 to 2 inches.
  2. About ¼-cup of dish-washing detergent is added to the water.
  3. Run the jets for about five minutes so the detergent will circulate through them.
  4. Drain the tub and clean the bottom of it.
  5. Refill the tub to the same level again and run the jets again for about five minutes to ensure everything is removed from them.

Hydrotherapy tub birth

In some instances, people use hydrotherapy tubs to give birth. The tub can be used throughout labor and reportedly eases labor pains and makes the birth easier. It can be a safe method of birth for low-risk pregnancies and used as an alternative to epidurals or opioids for pain relief. 

Hydrotherapy tub for dogs

Most dogs love water. And some veterinarians use hydrotherapy to rehabilitate dogs after injuries or surgeries. Dogs can be placed in hydrotherapy tubs or in swimming pools. Like humans, the water relaxes dogs’ muscles and provides resistance when rehabilitating.

Water Jets for Hydrotherapy.

Hydrotherapy tub near me

When you’re looking for experts to install hydrotherapy tubs in Bartonville, TX, you can always count on the team at AZTX Walk In Tubs, LLC. We offer a wide range of tub and shower solutions for people with various health issues and mobility problems. Learn more about what we can do for you by calling (972) 581-9865.

Is a Walk in Tub a Good Investment?

A freestanding tub

What is a walk in tub?

As we get older, it gets hard getting around, including getting in and out of the bathtub or shower. In fact, it can be dangerous. Fortunately, there is the walk in tub design that is perfect for the older person or a disabled person, even somebody that is mending from surgery and in rehab can benefit from a walk in tub. 

Sometimes referred to as an accessible tub, some basics come with a walk in tub, and there are add-ons and upgrades. Some safety features like the door that allows walk-in instead of lifting a leg up over the tub wall are standard.  Features that you may want to make sure are included, or available are: 

  • A door that opens inward and outward: This is basic and standard for a walk-in tub
  • ADA-Compliant Contoured Seat: Should be ADA compliant at 17-inch-high for the user’s comfort and safety. 
  • U-Bar by the faucet: An added level of safety that enables the user to get adjusted once inside the tub and provide them balance as they enter and exit the tub. 
  • Bathing Harness: Soft and sturdy to support a user with mobility issues. 
  • Door Drain: Drains the water quickly and minimizes falls.
  • Non-slip Floor: A textured floor is essential to provide a non-slip bottom. 
  • Low Entry Point: Next to the dual swing door, this is a significant benefit of the walk-in tub.

Other features that you can order for your walk-in tub are comfort items, like a seat cushion and neck pillow. Some walk in tubs offer upgrades like : 

Spa Settings 

  • Hydromassage system
  • Air massage system
  • Microbubbles
  • Leg massage
  • Chromotherapy
  • Aromatherapy

Can you have a shower with a walk in tub?

Commonly, walk in tub installation is replacing an existing bathtub. There is walk in tubs with an option to add a sitting shower attachment or stand up shower. The current plumbing will need to be altered to fit, which will be an extra cost. Depending on the brand of walk in tub and where you purchase it, there is an option to have a glass shower door instead of a shower-and-walk-in-tub combination.

Will insurance cover a walk in tub?     

It depends on your insurance coverage. In some situations, health insurance will provide financial assistance with walk in tub costs or reimbursement. You would need to have valid proof from a doctor that the walk-in tub is a medical necessity. Guidelines and policies vary from insurance company to insurance company. You should contact your insurance company and confirm their coverage before committing to ordering a walk in tub. 

Are walk in tubs covered by Medicare?

Typically, no Medicate will not cover the expense of a walk-in tubs; however, some states offer financial assistance through a Medicaid plan. There is help through the Department of Veterans Affairs with some of the programs they offer. As we suggested with insurance coverage, it is up to you to research and confirm any coverage that will help with the cost of a walk in tub.  

Is a walk in tub tax deductible?

Yes, if you purchase a walk in tub for medical safety reasons, it is a tax deduction like other dental and medical expenses.  

Are walk in tubs worth it?  A walk-in tub is an investment, much like a spa or swimming pool. In addition to the walk in tub, consider the installation expense and any additional plumbing or electrical work that required to fit the walk in tub. If you’re not going to be in the house for a long time, it isn’t necessary and upgrade that most home buyers seek, so the ROI is only in how much you will use it. 

tub behind door for privacy

What is the difference between walk in tub vs shower? 

Purchasing a walk in tub  is a personal decision, and the person that is going to be the primary user should be a part of the decision. There are several factors to take into consideration, like the size of the bathroom, who will be using this unit the most, and what features are you or the person that will use it looking for? 

Let’s look at the pros of a walk in tub: 

  • Safer than the traditional bathtub because you step into it from the floor, no need to lift the leg up while trying to maintain balance. 
  • Therapy options for relaxation and improves circulation and increases mobility.
  • Provides symptom relief for arthritis, diabetes, fibromyalgia, and more. A stress-relieving bath can improve your quality of sleep and the upgrades of air massage, hydrotherapy, soothing Chroma therapy.

While a walk in shower takes less footprint, is the person that will be using it an elderly or disabled person? They may do better sitting to bath than standing the entire time. Visiting a showroom that has both can be a great help in making this decision. Want to get started? Call (972) 581-9865 today for your walk in tub appointment today.

What Does Accessible Bathtub Mean?

A Wheelchair Accessible Tub

What does accessible bathtub mean?

When someone with limited mobility or confined to a wheelchair needs to bathe, they need a tub or shower they can easily access. A wheelchair accessible tub is one that is either modified or specifically designed for this purpose. What does accessible shower mean? An accessible shower, like an accessible tub, is a shower that is either modified or custom-designed to allow someone with limited mobility to shower. Depending on the disability, an accessible bathtub/shower can be modified with grab bars, hand lifts, lifts or seats. Standard tubs and showers also can be replaced with walk-in tubs and custom-designed accessible tubs and showers. Most have transfer benches and some current designs have raised beds and sliding doors. If you need a wheelchair accessible walk-in tub in Bartonville, TX, reach out to the experts at AZTX Walk In Tubs, LLC. Give us a call at (972) 581-9865 to learn more about how we can help you.

Are walk in tubs worth it?

While walk-in tubs generally cost more to install than a standard tub, if you or a family member have issues with limited mobility, a walk-in tub or wheelchair accessible tub has many advantages that can benefit you. The advantages include:

  • A low step-in entry: A low entry makes it easier to enter the tub with fewer worries of falling or injury.
  • Multiple safety modifications: Tubs are designed with safety in mind, and customized to fit each mobility issue.
  • Comfort features and hydrotherapy: Features like hydro-jets or heated surfaces can be added for comfort or for therapeutic purposes. 
  • Ability to bathe while seated: You can be seated comfortably all the time you bathe, or you can customize the tub so you can safely recline.

Does a walk in tub devalue your home?

Walk-in or wheelchair accessible tubs do not lower your home’s value. In fact, some home buyers may look for features like accessible tubs, especially if they have a family member with limited mobility. Moreover, for those living in retirement communities, the addition of a walk-in tub often increases the value of your home.

Are walk-in tubs covered by Medicare?

In general, a walk-in tub is not covered by Medicare. Unlike a hospital bed or wheelchair, a walk-in tub is not considered “durable medical equipment” by Medicare. You might, under certain circumstances, get partial reimbursement from Medicare for a walk-in tub. To do so, you must first get a prescription for the tub from a physician, otherwise, it will be impossible to get any reimbursement for the tub. 

Make sure, beforehand, that you can afford the purchase and can pay for it in full in case any requests are denied. You’ll also want to contact several walk-in tub contractors to get several estimates before you make your purchase. Once you have purchased the tub and had it installed, you should submit the invoice and prescription to Medicare and make a request for partial reimbursement. Medicare will make a decision either way. 

Will insurance cover walk in tub?

Depending on your insurer and policy, you may be able to get financial assistance from your insurance for a walk-in or wheelchair accessible tub. Evidence must be provided that the tub is a medical necessity. Moreover, while Medicare usually does not pay for tubs, assistance programs like Medicaid or programs through the Veterans Administration may be available. Insurance policies and coverage will vary. Check with your insurers or with representatives of particular agencies to find out what assistance is available.

What is a tub threshold?

In general, the threshold in a tub or shower is the part you step over to get into the shower or tub. With a walk-in or wheelchair accessible tub, the threshold is much lower than in standard tubs or showers. The lower threshold allows for ease of access for someone with limited mobility.

Where do you put grab bars on the wall in a bathtub?

Grab bars are essential for safely maneuvering in and out of a walk-in or wheelchair accessible tub. When installing them, follow ADA guidelines for the best results. The ADA recommends that two bars are installed on the back wall of a bath or shower stall. The first should be about eight to 10 inches from the tub’s rim, while the second is installed parallel to the first about 33 to 36 inches from the base of the tub. 

A Disabled Accessible Bath

Wheelchair to bathtub transfer

When a wheelchair accessible tub is installed, a wheelchair to tub transfer bench is required. The bench is used to safely ease the wheelchair-bound person into the tub. If you are looking to install a wheelchair accessible tub in Bartonville, TX, let the experts at AZTX Walk In Tubs, LLC help you. We have multiple options to help those with limited mobility. Find out what we can do for you by calling (972) 581-9865.