Bathtub Conversions Make Room for Safety
BY MICHELLE LEE
Each year in Hawaii, countless members of the elderly community suffer serious injuries after experiencing mobility-related accidents within the home. One of the leading causes of such accidents is a bathtub with walls built too high for the resident to safely step over. To alleviative the risk and emotional toll involved, Island Bath Works invites residents to invest in bathtub conversions allowing for safer movement at home.
Bathtub conversion, a process that removes a portion of one’s existing bathtub to create a seamless opening, has greatly improved the quality of independent living for the elderly. As the only company in Hawaii dedicated to bathtub conversions, Island Bath Works ensures every customer a custom-made, non-invasive process from beginning to end. The company services all islands.
Preparing for a safer senior lifestyle with a bathtub conversion
Since the company’s launch, Island Bath Works has garnered much support from satisfied customers within the local community. After experiencing a series of accidents, Elizabeth Wong and her husband James immediately called Island Bath Works owner Eric Thompson for assistance.
“Our bathtub was too high and not having handlebars made it easy to slip,” said Elizabeth Wong. “After receiving a quote from several places, it was clear that Island Bath Works would provide the highest quality work within a reasonable budget and time frame.”
Instead of reconstructing the entire bathtub from the ground up, bathtub conversion requires little to no demolition and there is minimal interference to the resident’s normal routine. Most jobs take one day to complete. “The whole process was so easy because the workmanship was extremely thorough and neat,” said Wong. “My husband and I enjoyed working with Eric very much.”
The better choice financially
Oftentimes, cost is the determining factor when deciding whether or not to remodel any part of the home. Because a bathtub conversion simply modifies the existing tub, Island Bath Works is able to charge considerably less than most companies on the market.
“Through our personal research, it was much easier financially to do bathtub conversion with Island Bath Works,” said Wong. “Other companies wanted to take apart the entire bathtub and pipes, which would have cost more than double and taken much longer.”
In addition to bathtub conversions, Island Bath Works also provides bathroom refinishing. Customers may choose from a variety of different styles and materials. “After doing our bathtub conversion, Eric also refinished our tiles, the bathroom walls as well as the tub itself,” explained Wong. “We were both in awe because of how new and luxurious our bathroom looked afterward.”
The bathtub conversion process can be done on any type of bathtub material such as fiberglass, cast iron or steel. Homeowners may choose any side to create a bathtub opening of up to 3 feet.
“Looking back, we are so glad we did the bathtub conversion,” said Wong. “Not only was the service reasonably priced and quick, the end result really helped me and my husband gain more confidence about living our lives independently as senior citizens.”
For more information or to arrange an estimate, call Island Bath Works at 927-9228 or visit www.IslandBathWorks.com.
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