Do you have concerns over the safety of yourself or a loved one when showering or bathing? Over-the-bath showers can present a safety issue for those with limited mobility and balance issues. Did you know that you can convert an existing bathtub into a walk-in shower to combat this problem? This technique is known as a tub cut, although you may also hear it being referred to as a tub conversion, step-through insert, or bathtub cut-out.
In order to install a tub cut, your certified aging in place specialist contractor will cut away part of the front wall of the bathtub and refinish the tub walls to create a doorway with a low threshold that is easier to step over, especially with the addition of some grab rails for stability. This is excellent for anyone who needs help to step over a standard bathtub wall due to poor balance or inability to lift their legs high enough. It effectively transforms your bathtub into a walk-in shower stall. If other household members still want to use a traditional bath, a hinged door insert can be added to seal the gap allowing the tub to be used as a regular soaking tub.