My dad recently suffered a stroke. Before he returns home, I need to do
something with their sunken bath/shower to accommodate his limited
mobility while he recovers. It's ~ 37x58" and maybe a foot deep. It
has a 6" or so lip above grade and then a sorry excuse for a step (like
4" wide) that would be a tripping hazard for anyone.
Ultimately, I'll remodel this for them and bring it up to grade, new
shower, etc. but I need to do something short-term in preparation for
his return home. They've never used it as a bath - shower only. I was
thinking of constructing a deck of waterproof material that would raise
the floor to grade and could be removed a few times over the course of
the next couple months for cleaning. Either allow for water to drain
through gaps between planks in deck surface or around circumference.
Any good ideas on prospective materials for this deck? Needs to be
strong (he's 6'2" and ~300#) and waterproof. The lighter the better.
All ideas and input appreciated.
How about some CMU (cinder blocks) to raise the level & then a wooden
(redwood or Trex) platform of appropriate thickness to get the finish
grade correct. Use SS fasteners from underside.
If weight is a big concern make it in two sections (36 x 29) should
Another possibility -- a slide bench. Long enough to sit on outside the
tub, then scooch over to the washing position and then scooch back again.
With your setup it would probably need to be custom-built, but might be
easier than bringing the shower floor up temporarily. A hand shower with a
long hose (preferably longer than normal) is probably also going to be
Here's a stock version of a transfer bench, as a 'fer instance':
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
Your dad's physical therapy team should have some ideas of what might
work for temporary in your dad's unique circumstances.
Possibly useful free magazine for you and your family as your dad recovers:
Some stuff on bathroom mods:
Equipment like shower chairs and commodes and walkers can often be
borrowed from the local senior/adult center. Can be really nice to be
able to try out several designs without breaking the bank.
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