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Cheaper alternatives to walk-in shower

Consult occupational therapist, others for safety advice

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Not long ago we responded to a reader with rheumatoid arthritis who wanted to make bathing easier. We directed her to her doctor and her physical therapist. We also mentioned that Kevin had seen a walk-in shower stall for about $5,000 at one of the stores he goes to for disability aids. We were happy to hear from our reader that she had made appointments with her rheumatologist and physical therapist and that she was planning to install a new walk-in shower-tub combination. But other readers were quick to take issue with our advice. We think their feedback bears repeating. We've edited their comments to emphasize their salient points. One reader who appears to have pretty good credentials commented: "As a physical therapist with a degree in architecture and design, I applaud your making the public aware of the importance of proper consultation when making changes in bathrooms. But instead of seeking input from a physician, I suggest consulting an occupational therap...