New Designs Help Homeowners Age in Place

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: BathInterior

The concept of aging in place — adapting one’s home to better fit changing physical abilities — is more relevant than ever. Simple and proactive updates in key areas, such as the kitchen and bath, can offer extra assistance to stay safe and independent at home.

Stepping over a bathtub wall can be a risk for anyone with mobility issues. Although showers can eliminate the step-over risk, the threat of slipping and falling remains. For a generation who grew up taking baths, continuing to enjoy that comfort and experience is important. Much to consumers’ frustration, the institutional nature of walk-in tubs required bathers to give up aesthetics, sacrifice the comfort of a lounging position, and lose the indulgent experience of whirlpool jets and other hydrotherapy options.

The Kohler Elevance Rising Wall bath offers a safe and stylish solution. With the comfort of traditional bathing and security of a step-in tub, bathers enter when the wall is lowered and raise the wall with minimal effort (less than 5 pounds of force). The optional BubbleMassage offers a more relaxing soak, and built-in grab bars provide extra stability and support. After the bath, the tub drains in less than two minutes.