Bathroom / September 4, 2018 / Sadie Brumfield.
The mat in your bathtub or shower should stick tightly so walkers and wheelchairs would not get caught on it. You can also choose a tub or shower with a textured bottom to avoid sliding, and you would not need to use a mat inside. Some bathrooms are not right for rugs and mats of any kind. Sometimes even the best options can still get bound up in a wheelchair or the edge caught by a walker.
Lifting your foot up and over the tub edge, and the balance required to do that, can become difficult in later years. But some people still want a step in tub for a number of reasons. Others may prefer a stand alone shower that does not have a tub attached to it. Then there are curbless shower options no lip on the edge of them, so you can roll a walker, wheelchair, or transfer chair right across the edge.
No matter how you plan your bathroom remodel, you will want to allow room for these bars. You can then create a look you want without compromising security and safety now or in the future. Consider all the places that these bars or rails can and would possibly be used, and then go ahead and add them. You will have less to worry about in the future, and would not need to stop and add a bar later, since they will already be in place for you.
You will also want to look at getting in and out of the tub, so you can pick a way to make your entrance and exit more stable. Many people put up railing and bars, as these can provide stability and make it less stressful to get into and out of a step in tub as you age and your balance is not as strong as it used to be. If a step in tub is not for you, and you are not sure you want to have only a shower, there are tubs that you can walk into and close a door with a watertight seal.