Walk-in Tubs vs Standing Showers: How to Make the Right Choice for Your Home in Ann Arbor, MI

As we get older, slipping and falling in the bathroom becomes a more serious concern. In fact, 33% of seniors are admitted to the hospital following an accident in the bathroom. Fortunately, there are updates you can do to make your bathroom safer, like replacing your bathing area. But, when it comes to walk-in tubs vs standing showers, how do you know which makes the most sense for your needs?

We’re here to help make the choice easier. 

Keep reading to learn more about both options so you can feel confident in your decision when planning your bathroom renovation project. 

Benefits of a Walk-in Tub in Ann Arbor, MI

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A walk-in tub is deeper than a standard tub, with a built-in seat on one side. Instead of a standard tub structure, it also has a built-in door on one wall so that you can open it and walk in, without having to step over the side. 

This helps prevent trips and falls, making it easier and safer to bathe, especially if you have mobility issues. Many of these walk-in tub models, like we ones we offer from Rane®, come equipped with hydrotherapy jets, which can help ease sore muscles and arthritis pain. This can give your joints and muscles gentle stimulation, helping you to feel like the best version of yourself. 

The built-in seat of our walk-in tubs is also designed for maximum comfort. It comes with a heated option so you can stay comfortable while the tub fills and drains and a backrest that offers support. 

Benefits of a Standing Shower in Ann Arbor, MI

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Some people prefer taking showers over baths, even when mobility is a concern. In that case, a standing shower is a great option. We proudly offer low-entry showers, so you don’t have to worry about climbing over anything when stepping into your bathing area. 

Our standing showers also have additional safety feature options, like fold-down seating, grab bars, and more, so you can feel steady while you bathe. Some standing showers can even be designed to fit a wheelchair, so you don’t have to worry about transitioning into and out of your wheelchair in order to bathe. 

If space is a concern, then you might also appreciate that standing showers tend to take up less room than large bathtubs. 

Walk-in Tubs vs Standing Showers: We Can Help You Decide

Now that you know more about the benefits of walk-in tubs vs standing showers, you can make the best possible decision for your home. As you consider your options, it’s most important to think about the following:

  • How long you plan to stay in your home
  • Your level of mobility now and what you expect it to be in the future
  • The needs of the different family members living in your home
  • The layout of your bathroom and how much space you have

If you need help making your final decision, Atlas Home Improvement is here to help! Our team of experts would be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you weigh the benefits of each option, and show you different models that are available. Contact us today to learn more or request a free quote.

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