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Product Listing – Tub Cut Out



Photo Courtesy of Access Designs, Inc.


MANUFACTURER
Access Designs, Inc.

COST
$850 to $1800

VENDORS
1. This is a relatively new adaptation and there aren’t yet many national services. You can use a search engine to find a trained professional in your area. Try searching on the terms “tubcut” or “bathtub cut-out.”

2. Access Designs, Inc., where you may be able to locate a certified installer in your area.

DISCLAIMER
The listing of these products is for informational purposes and individuals must use their own caution and judgment when using these resources. Functional levels and changes in judgment and reasoning are highly variable in people with dementia. Interventions must be individualized and continually assessed because those that are effective for some individuals may only work briefly and may not work at all for others.

DESCRIPTION
If the person has difficulty lifting his/her legs over the tub wall, consider having part of the tub wall removed, called a “tubcut” or a "tub cut-out," which reduces the lift required to step over or swing one's legs into the tub and turns the tub into something more like a walk-in shower. A tub cut-out can be performed on most tub types. Keep in mind that the tub will no longer serve as a tub, as there is no door for the tubcut.

A professional installer removes a section of the tub wall and repairs the cut sections, usually in one day. There are two types of inserts to repair the cut tub walls. One is cap that fits over the cuts and the other is installed within the cut, leaving a smooth surface (shown above). Some installers will customize the width of the opening.

For Renters

WHAT WE LIKE
Makes the bathtub more accessible

Can reduce caregiver strain

POTENTIAL CONCERNS
Local companies offer variations on this service, so you'll want to ask some questions to make sure you end up with a tub cut-out suitable to your situation.

Ask what the new curb height will be; this is the height of the cut-out from the bathroom floor. The height can vary from as low as four to as high as ten inches, but the lower height may cost more if there is extra work involved.

Ask whether the tub be restored to its original condition. Some installers state they can reinstall the existing tub section at a later date, with no change in appearance or function.

Service can be expensive, depending on where you live and the height of the new curb.

This product has not been tested by Thiscaringhome.org.


Product Selection Criteria

Our goal is to teach you how to be a good consumer and to help you learn about specific products and unique product features that may enhance your safety and the safety and function of the person with dementia. The products shown in This Caring Home serve as examples only. Manufacturers continually change product specifications and the products represented may be different from those now on the market.

We realize this is not an all-inclusive list. Products featured in This Caring Home were chosen for one or more of the following reasons:
  • Affordability
  • Attractiveness
  • Availability
  • Color selection
  • Ease of use
  • Quality
  • Safety
We encourage you to discuss product selection with other caregivers and health care professionals.


How We Tested

"ThisCaringHome.org tested many products that are commonly recommended for best practices to identify the best use of these products and any potential problems in their use by caregivers and individuals with dementia. Each product included in an Expert Review was tested in a home environment, either an apartment or a single family home (or both), by at least two people. Rosemary Bakker, interior designer, gerontologist and dementia specialist, was one of the testers for every product. Whenever possible, we tested the product over time, sometimes days, weeks, or months, for:
  • Ease of use
  • Reliability
  • Potential safety issues
As a result of our testing, we're listing the pros and cons for using these products and including safety precautions for various products. These products were not tested by persons with dementia. We hope in the future to do case studies to learn more about what works and what doesn't work in a larger variety of caregiving situations and home environments."

Products listed on our website but not tested by ThisCaringHome.org are referred to as "Product Listings".



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