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Tips for Tub to Shower Conversion for a Senior?

I'm a senior and planning a conversion. I'm looking to the future and want fixtures placed where I can shower sitting. I'm seeing pictures where the faucet is placed too high to turn the water on and off while sitting. I have a handheld shower now and it is too high and hurts my shoulder reaching for it. There are handhelds that have a pause, but I don't think they turn the water off. I know I'm rattling, but the more I research the more confused I get. What type plumbing fixtures and devices have you installed?

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April 14, 20190 found this helpful

If I may make a suggestion, it may pay to talk to a bathroom installation company that specializes renovations for someone who is disabled. The challenge (from what I have learned) is more about design rather than the fixtures themselves. So if you have an issue with your shoulder and reach, that would be different than someone who just wants safety bars and a chair.

I know from someone who has MS, that there are such places that will design to your particular need.

Be sure to get references and check them before picking the company.

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Hope yours worked out as well has his did. That was 20 years ago and it was a blessing!

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April 14, 20190 found this helpful

I would look for a company that has done work for senior citizens and handicapped people before. It is essential that you have a grab bar too. I would also sit in the shower and have the contractor measure so that the height is right for you.

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April 15, 20190 found this helpful

I agree with everyone about checking with a specialist that installs for mostly seniors and maybe ask if you can see 2 or 3 of their recent jobs.

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Home owners are usually very helpful with this and can probably tell you if they are satisfied or if they would do something different if they did it again.

There may be nursing homes with installations like this because these are so easy for seniors and disabled to use. Make some calls and see if they will let you take a look at one of theirs. They should be glad to tell any problems they have had or what causes problems for their people.

This is an expensive conversion so I'm glad to see that you want to get it right; everyone has different needs so I hope you can find what suits you best.

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