My mom has pretty bad arthritis. She is able to get around fairly well for how severe it is. That makes me happy because she is so independent, and I know it would bother her if she was restricted more than she already is. That is one of the reasons she asked me to find a quality carpenter in Bristol. When I asked her what she needed one for, she said she needed a new bathroom. I agreed with her instantly because that is the one room in her house where she has the most trouble.
There is no separate shower stall. In order to get showered, she has to step over the bathtub edge to get in the tub. She installed some handicap rails herself, but it was still painful for her to step over the tall edge. She told me she wanted the tub removed completely. She was on the fence about whether to get a shower stall or one of those tubs where she can walk right into it and sit on a bench in it. I had a feeling she would really enjoy that since it had been years since she’s been able to lower herself into the tub.
The carpenter that she hired showed her how it would look both ways. She ended up going with the walk in tub, and he also did much more for her. He enlarged the bathroom area so her laundry machines could be in there too. That way, she would not need to go up and down the steps to do her laundry. He even built her some sturdy shelves to hold her linens. We got a great man when she hired this carpenter, and he later told me that he treated her the same way he would his own mom!