We’ve all seen the old cast iron and porcelain tubs from yesteryear, lying around gardens, farms and ranches. Many have been turned into watering troughs for cows and horses. They are rusting on the outside and pretty beat up on the inside. Good luck in finding the cast iron legs that were original to the tub. You might be able to buy a set of antique legs that fit the tub from someone that handles this for about $50 per leg. These old tubs can date back as far as the late 1880s, often with the date stamped right on the bottom of it, so the condition of the tub can be pretty rough.
Sandblasting – $100
Refinishing – $700
Replacing Legs – $200
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Have you ever wondered about the origin of the bathtub? Maybe it’s not the most pressing subject on your to-do list, but it is very interesting. And if you are into decorating ideas for your bathroom, you may just love this little tidbit of knowledge.
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So, let us begin. Before indoor plumbing, most homes or hovels used chamber pots or washbowls for bathing. They were portable and could be put away easily, and since bathing was not as popular pastime as today, it seemed to work just fine.
|English: Kids bathing in a small metal tub. The tub reads “SWANCE”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
|Slipper bathtub in Amsterdam store window. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
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Have you ever heard the phrase, “never look a gift-horse in the mouth”? Well, my
I recently heard the story of a senior gentleman who refused the offer for a walk in tub, and then paid dearly for his reluctance. Several months previously, when his children discovered that their father had fallen, not once, but numerous times, they began to discuss among themselves how to help Dad maintain his mobility, but be safe as well. He had fallen once in the kitchen, slipping on a rug, while suffering a mere bruise. However, he had fallen three times while trying to get into and out of the bathtub. They decided to get rid of any loose rugs in the apartment, but were more concerned about what to do in the bathroom. With ceramic tile floors and walls, a fall there, could create a much greater risk of injury.
Research Can Help if You Let it
The Kids Where Ready to Pitch in
on his door and waited. He was surprised to see them back so soon. “No, I haven’t changed my mind, ” he said. “No, Dad, we want to get the walk in tub for you ourselves. We’ll pay for it.”
Then the Worst Happened
Walk In Tub option, all this could have been avoided. The daughter immediately went online, made the call and ordered a Walk In Tub. “He’s going to have this tub, “she said. “We’ll deal with his stubbornness later.”
By Kerry Knight
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This is the time of year where most people are making New Years resolutions. Where we try and get back on track and do something they think is important to them personally.
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You see, mom is in her 80s, with many of the same complications that come with aging. She has fallen more times than I can remember, due to vertigo, weak knees, and onset dementia. She is afraid to try and bathe herself for fear of falling again. She is terrified of finding herself lying on the bathroom floor with none of her love ones around. She refuses to come and live with any of her children. She is adamant about not wanting to be a bother. She is also resistant when discussing assisted living and being attended to by strangers. “I don’t want a stranger touching me, especially bathing me!” She so wants to be independent, but that seems to be an impossible dream under the circumstances. Or is it?
One evening while watching late night television she saw a commercial advertising the new Walk-in Tub. She told me about it the next day, and so I went online to learn about it. This seemed like the perfect solution. She could maintain her independence, bathing herself. She would be able to open the door of the tub, sit down, latch the door and control everything from the sitting position. The low entryway meant she could get into and out of the tub with no fear of falling due to the slip resistant seat and floor of the tub. The grab bar on the inside was a big help along with being able to sit while bathing. Standing for any length of time is a problem for her. The shower with the hand held shower wane, the drain release, the faucet handles and all the controls were within easy reach. She could even get hydrotherapy and whirlpool to help with her many medical conditions. The warm, bubbling and swirling water could really help with her aching muscles and joints. The entire tub is compact and water tight due to the door and seal. I was getting excited now. The Walk-in Tub could take the place of her old tub and it was perfectly safe.
The children have decided that this was a small price to pay for making Mom’s New Year’s wish come true. Now, with the years she has remaining, she can enjoy her children and grandchildren. And we can have the peace of mind that Mom is safe and has renewed self esteem in being able to care for herself in the bath. It’s great being able to repay Mom for all the years she has taken care of us.
In this article, I have shared with you my personal story of making my mothers wish come true. The wish for greater independence, freedom from the fear of falling in the bathroom and being able to enjoy her children more without being a burden to them. If you found this article useful or enjoyable, please pass it on to your friends and neighbors. If you have a comment leave it in the comment section below. If you have a question feel free to contact me at the number or email address listed below. Happy New Year to you and yours!
Until next time, stay stress free.