Handicap Disability Home Renovation Blog

Accidents and/or injuries in the bathroom from slipping and falling are the prime causes for hospital and emergency room visits, especially for the elderly as well as those who may be disabled or are recovering from a hip or knee replacement.

If someone is elderly, trying to get in and out of a traditional bathtub can easily be the cause of these accidents. Two solutions to avoid risky falls are to put in a curbless or low curb shower OR a walk-in tub. You may ask: “Is a walk-in tub the right application for me?”

Walk-in tubs can provide independence and can allow many elderly or aging individuals the freedom to stay in their home longer and remain more independent. Because Walk-in tubs feature a walk-in door, a low step-over threshold, and a built-in seat. they can help keep you safer when entering and exiting to bathe.

What are some of the benefits of a walk-in bathtub? There are many ! The following are just some of the benefits you can enjoy if you take out that high walled old bathtub and install one of our new walk-in tubs

Walk in tubs allow you to soak in comfort and style.

Bestbath has recently partnered with BCI to offer the Alexis Walk-In Bathtub!

BCI’s Alexis Walk-in Bathtub offers a safe, soothing, and spa-like bathing experience for people of all abilities. Each bath is fitted with stylish chrome fixtures, a hand-held sprayer, and therapeutic features. This high-end, aging-in-place solution can be easily installed in the same space as a standard bathtub or 5’ shower

Therapeutic Features

This high-end aging-in-place solution offers five standard therapeutic features that can help with arthritis, rheumatism, diabetes, back pain, muscle pain, stress, insomnia, and circulatory disease. A digital thermometer hand showers are also available as an additional add-on.

  • Hydrotherapy Jet Massage – Adjustable water jets massage the entire body, relieving soreness, and inflammation.
  • Air Bubble Therapy – Air jets release thousands of bubbles, improving circulation and relieving tired muscles and joints.
  • Color Chromatherapy – Colored lights further enhance relaxation and reduce stress.
  • Aromatherapy – Users can place scented beads in a reservoir in the tub, releasing scents that trigger relaxation.
  • Ozone Therapy & Purification – The tub’s ozonator purifies the water and aids in rejuvenating the skin.
  • 53” wide x 29.875” deep x 37.5” high (60” wide with extension included)
  • Equipped with a 1000W air blower, 1.5 HP water pump, 18 chrome-capped copper air jets and 10 chrome water jets
  • Fitted with a 400W in-line heater
  • Includes a contoured seat 17” high by 24” wide with removable neck/back and seat cushions
  • 67-gallon capacity

Accessible Design

These walk-in baths feature a low threshold entry, a sealed door and stainless-steel grab bars for easy entry and exit. The anti-slip floor prevents any dangerous slips or falls.

Quality and Durability

Backed by a 5-year warranty, each bath is coated with an easy-to-clean gel coat finish that is durable and resistant to scratches or stains. The structural thickness of the product helps insulate the bath, maintain a constant water temperature, and save energy.

So, there are many wonderful benefits for installing a walk-in bathtub!

Why not contact us today and allow yourself or your loved ones a safer and more comfortable bathing experience.


Are you looking at that old stained tub in your bathroom? The one that you just cannot get to look clean no matter how much scrubbing you do? You ask yourself “Why do I have this old bathtub anyway? I never have time to soak in a tub, and it is getting increasingly difficult to get into it? When mom and dad come to visit, they cannot even use it safely– is it time for a change?

Then you recall how wonderful it was at the resort you spent a weekend at – with that bathroom that made you feel you were in a spa. Can you get that same feeling at home? Is it time to get rid of that old stained tub and go curbless? Is now the time to go barrier free?

One of the benefits of getting rid of that old tub and replacing it with a curbless or barrier free shower is that you no longer have to worry about stepping over that high bathtub wall. When mom and dad come to visit, you will not have to worry about them bathing safely!

A curbless shower – with a trench drain, gives you an open spacious feel, even in a smaller bathroom, and it looks luxurious! Why not consider one of Bestbath’s new curbless trench drain showers?

Contact Accessible Solutions today ! We are your New England Dealer and prime source for Bestbath products. Bestbath is THE leading manufacturer of universal design and accessible code showers and shower pans, including their newly released product - a fantastic new design for shower trench drains. This innovative design feature is easy to install and clean, boasts an improved water containment, and comes in a wide variety of sizes. And it is constructed with a durable, magnetic grate backed by Bestbath’s 30-year product warranty.

Bestbath developed this product to meet current requests for a more sleek, modern look that is easy to install, clean, and maintain. The trench grates on new models have integrated magnets, replacing screws to hold the grate firmly in place. The powerful magnets allow for quick attachment or removal for installation and cleaning.

Homeowners, plumbers, and contractors all love this new design with its easy method of installation, cleaning, and maintenance.

The new grate is slightly longer and directs water more efficiently into the trench for improved water containment. A new feature allows the drain to be installed directly on a subfloor without recessing, making it easier for new and retrofit construction. No more rubber or screws that disrupt visual appeal.

It is currently available on the most popular sizes, but they are working on integrating it into their full line of shower models within the next year.


Bestbath has been dedicated to designing and manufacturing products that make bathrooms safe for people of all abilities since 1971! They are the leader of innovative walk- in showers and bathtubs for residential and commercial applications and offer more than 400 shower configurations, All showers and baths are manufactured in the United States and are backed by a comprehensive 30-year limited warranty. Call Accessible Solutions today to help you replace that dingy old tub and replace with a new curbless accessible shower today.

After all, Life is better without barriers!

If you are considering an important home improvement project such as a bathroom remodel or front entry, why should you plan ahead for the years to come?

How will you benefit from selecting a contractor and designer like Accessible Solutions who is CAPS certified or a “Certified Aging in Place Specialist”?

“Aging in Place” is becoming more and more commonly known, and it is something any homeowner should think about. Whether we are a baby boomer, a millennial, a generation X-er or any senior, at some point we will all benefit from a home that has “Universal Design” or “Barrier Free” design components. At some point, anyone of us could suddenly become a user or a caregiver of someone – be it a parent, a spouse, or any loved one, who wants to stay safe at home but can only do so if the home has some important accessible design concepts already in place.

That is why “Aging in Place” is an important design concept and why we encourage all of our clients to plan ahead and incorporate this design strategy now. There are so many benefits to remaining in your own home throughout the course of your life. The fact is people are happier and healthier being able to stay in their own homes.

Some of the many benefits of caring for the elderly at home have been listed by many professionals as the follows:

  • Freedom from the strict schedules of nursing facilities.
  • The ability to retain much of their own independence.
  • The comforts of remaining in their most familiar place.
  • Personal possessions that they may not be able to keep in a nursing facility.
  • Freedom to have family and friends visit whenever they like.
  • The ability to carry on with their own personal habits and routines.
  • A healthier overall setting free of illnesses that may be present in a clinical environment – which is what we just saw with the latest pandemic.
  • Less expensive than nursing homes or assisted living centers in most cases, and the costs of these facilities continues to rise. In many cases providing care in a home setting is more cost effective and beneficial as people are often happier and healthier in their own home. The fact remains that most people prefer to remain in the own home which is why they are living there in the first place. That is where their life memories are. That is where they feel safe and comfortable. Most people prefer the independence of a private residence to any kind of facility or senior living community – if it is safe for them to do so.
  • The ability to receive specialized care in the comfort of home for conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.

So why should you contact or select a home improvement contractor who is skilled with Aging in Place concepts, CAPS certified, knows the concepts of Universal Design, and skilled with handicap accessibility remodeling and disability remodeling?

If you are faced with the need now, it is imperative! You want it done right!

If you are wisely planning ahead and are making some home improvements now, it is more cost effective to incorporate at least some facets for Aging in Place now, or have the groundwork in place now so your investment now does not need to be totally replaced.

So how will you benefit from selecting a contractor and designer like Accessible Solutions who is CAPS certified or a “Certified Aging in Place Specialist”? You need someone who is working to make sure sure that your homes is safe and accessible!

Contact us today to see how.

Accessible Solutions provides bathroom remodeling and renovation services to help you create your dream bathroom. We have been building and remodeling homes in Massachusetts for more than 30 years, and we provide quality bathroom remodeling services for new bathrooms or remodeled bathrooms whether it be a master bathroom, family bathroom or a half bathroom.

Our CAPS certified designer and contractors will work with you to make sure that your bathroom remodel offers the full experience and functionality that you need and want and will be functional for years to come.

Custom bathroom remodeling services addresses one of the most important rooms in the home. The room that is highly frequented and is no doubt where you may go to energize or de-stress on a daily basis, especially if it is your master bathroom that you want to customize or remodel.

Are you done looking at stains and dirty grout? How about creating a bathroom that is your own personal spa?

Accessible Solutions offers an extensive selection of new showers for both new construction or a bathroom remodel that can help you make your dream bathroom a reality. As dealers for Bestbath who make the BEST showers and walk in tubs in the United States, we can offer high-quality materials and expert installation services to ensure your new shower will provide years of beauty and performance.

As dealers for Bestbath, we offer The Best Bath products on the market: Plywood reinforced fiberglass with a REAL Tile design in either a subway tile or traditional tile look. With custom design options your shower can have the appearance of granite or molten stone without the high cost. You can add custom recesses for accents of decorative stone or glass tile to blend into the rest of your bathroom - you will love the look of these showers for years to come and will never have to worry about cleaning tile or grout lines again.

Choose one of our curbless showers with a French Drain System and you will have a timeless spa-like shower you will enjoy now and all through your golden years. Our barrier free showers and curbless showers have a spa like appearance with ageless benefits.

As trusted Shower Installers in Massachusetts, we believe every home deserves a stylish and functional bathroom. As dealers for Bestbath Systems, we eliminate the middleman and can give you dealer direct pricing. Quality that does not cost a fortune. No one wants to sacrifice quality because of price! Selecting Accessible Solutions, you won’t have to.

Our goal is to provide the best value for your money, and our showers are “Lifetime” showers which can adapt to your needs Or those of your family over the course of time.

Call us today and see how our CAPS certified designer can incorporate Universal Design principles into the bathroom of your dreams that you will be happy with for years.

Call Deb at 888-534-9211 or email today: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Why should you select a contractor who is CAPS certified for your home improvement project?

When a smart shopper selects someone to design and implement a remodeling project for their home, they want someone who is professional, properly licensed and insured, and skilled in the trade needed for the project at hand. After all, this is an investment and they want it to be wise one.

If you are also part of the Baby Boomer generation, a Generation X'er or a Millennial, you also want to plan ahead. You want your hard-earned dollars to be well spent and your project to take care of your present needs but still be useful in the years to come.

So why choose Accessible Solutions?

  • Professional: Serving the construction industry since 1978.
  • Licensed and Insured: Construction Supervisor License in Massachusetts for over 35 years,
  • MA Home Improvement Contractor Registration
  • Lead Safe Registration Contractor License
  • CAPS certified.

CAPS is a Designation that someone is a “Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist.

Deb Chesbrough is one of a select group of professionals nationwide to earn the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation, identifying that Accessible Solutions has the skills and knowledge necessary to remodel or modify a home to meet the unique needs of baby boomers, generation x’ers, millennials, the senior population, and disabled owners or their visitors.

The National Association of Home Builders, in partnership with the AARP and NAHB Research Center, created the CAPS program, which includes training and education on the technical, business management and customer service skills essential to compete in the fastest-growing segment of the residential remodeling industry — home modifications for aging-in-place.

CAPS graduates include remodelers, builders, designers, architects, occupational therapists and others who help homeowners remain in their homes safely, independently and comfortably as they age.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines aging in place as "the ability to live in one's own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level"

Most adults would prefer to age in place—that is, remain in their home of choice as long as possible. In fact, 90 percent of adults over the age of 65 report that they would prefer to stay in their current residence as they age. One-third of American households are home to one or more residents 60 years of age or older.

With COVID 19, we have seen how quickly our lives and physical condition can change. That is just one example. Anyone of us could suddenly become a caregiver for an aging parent, or we could experience a life changing event such as stroke.

This is where a CAPS designer and remodeler can help you make a wise investment in your home and in your future. Any projects made now can be done thoughtfully and tastefully, incorporating some special “aging in place” techniques now, or having the basis in place now so that they can easily be added in the future.

Contact Deb at Accessible Solutions today. We offer Aging in Place Home Evaluations and can help you make your home your home for Life.

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Universal Design and Accessible Design are now a lifestyle which can be stylish and beautiful as well as accessible and safer for all.

Universal design as well as Aging in Place Design are becoming much more popular. It’s no longer just about current needs for someone with a disability, it’s about planning ahead to live well and safer now and being able to stay in the home you love as long as you can and so desire.

Many of us “baby boomers” have watched our parents age as they could no longer safely stay in the home where they raised us. What a heart-breaking difficult transition and life changing event that is. Some have gone into assisted living, but very few unfortunately can afford the cost. For many who can afford the cost of an Assisted Living Facility, they would still prefer to stay in their own home. An AARP study found that over 75% percent of Americans age 50 and older want to remain in their current residence.

Speaking from personal experience, my mom wanted to stay in the home that my dad built for her as long as she could, and with some stylish changes, we helped her stay there for over 70 years. When the home finally had to sell, it was not difficult to sell it at all (one day) - as you didn’t “see” an “accessible home” you saw a safe and beautiful environment.

That’s why many are planning now with modifications that are now termed “Universal Design” and not waiting for a life changing event. “Universal design” refers to the design of buildings, products and environments that are accessible to everyone, regardless of age or ability. Another term you may hear is “Barrier-free” , and “Aging in Place”.

We at Accessible Solutions have specialized in this field for over 30 years. We are CAPS certified specialists and have been licensed and insured General Contractors over 35 years. We know the products out there that are stylish and can add not just safety, but beauty and value to your home.

As dealers for Bestbath products, among other suppliers, we can help you create a beautiful bathroom with designer options and “invisible” grab safety bars which double as a shampoo shelf, a soap holder, a towel bar, even a toilet paper holder.

Bestbath Lifetime Showers are “showers for Life” as the walls are fully reinforced with plywood fiberglass with a gelcoat finish.

By adding a threshold adapter now to one of their wheelchair accessible showers, you can make it look like a more traditional low curbed master spa shower, but if you are faced with a life changing event down the road, you just remove this adapter and have a truly barrier free shower within minutes. Aging In Place features that are just wonderful and cost saving down the road.

Conversely if you need a wheelchair accessible shower now but are afraid about resale, bring in this adapter now and store it. It will silicone in place when you are ready to sell and the future residents will also benefit from your thoughtful planning.

Call us today, we can help you design a safe and barrier free home you will happy to live in for years to come.

Call Accessible Solutions and we can show you how we can “Make Your Home Accessible”. 888-534-9211

The bathroom can be one of the most dangerous rooms in your home posing the highest risk for injury. From slipping and falling trying to get in or out of that old tub or slipping on a wet slippery floor, most injuries, especially for seniors, occur in the bathroom. One broken hip can result in months of pain and needed recuperation in a hospital or rehab facility. The risk is even greater for anyone with a disability.

That is why you should contact Accessible Solutions! We can help you have a bathroom that is accessible and safer to use now and for years to come. And we know the programs out there than can help you pay for them.


Accessible Bathroom remodels are so important to address that in Massachusetts there is a 0% interest loan that will help you pay for these bathroom projects. In most cases, you don’t even have to pay these funds back unless you sell your home 😊

Accessible Bathroom Remodels are so important to address that in Maine, there is an “AccessAble Home Tax Credit” The AccessAble Home Tax Credit is a Maine income tax credit available to individuals who earn $55,000 or less for expenses paid for modifications to their residence to make it accessible for a person with a physical disability or physical hardship who lives or will live at the residence.

The nonrefundable AccessAble Home Tax Credit is equal to the lesser of $9,000 or the applicable percentage of qualified expenses to make a bathroom more accessible. If the amount of credit you are eligible for exceeds what you owe, the unused portions of the credit may be carried forward for up to four taxable years following the year during which the credit was earned.

Is it time to think about a wheelchair accessible, roll-in shower, a barrier free shower, an ADA shower stall, or low curb, walk in shower or a walk-in tub?

Contact us today at Accessible Solutions, we can assist you with products that will help make your bathroom safe and accessible. We offer a wide range of styles and sizes for residential and commercial bathroom projects.

As dealers for Bestbath Systems since 1994, we are your prime source for dealer direct pricing on Bestbath Commercial grade, ADA shower stalls, barrier free showers, and walk in showers. These beautiful low threshold barrier free showers have been manufactured here in the USA since 1969 and are known for high quality and safe and accessible bathing products.

We can assist you plan ways to “Make Your Home Accessible” for yourself or your loved ones in Massachusetts, Southern Maine, and Southern New Hampshire.

In fact, we can direct ship to you anywhere in the continental United States.

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What exactly is an "Accessible Shower"?

The word “accessible” is a word that can describe any product built for a wide range of needs and abilities.

As dealers for the Best Accessible and Barrier Free showers on the market made by Bestbath, the term accessible shower refers to a shower that has grab bars and a lower threshold — the barrier between the shower and the floor that forms the bottom of the shower’s entryway — for walk-in access. The thresholds on these showers can range anywhere from 0.5” to 5,” as long as an individual can walk into the shower.

This is one of Bestbath's low curb showers - with a fold up seat and grab bars positioned for safe and easy entry and exit.

A shower does not necessarily have to be compliant with ADA guidelines or built for wheelchair entry to be considered accessible.

We want to make it easy for you to find the right bathing solutions for your project. All showers are available in white, bone, biscuit, almond or one of our beautiful new Molten Stone Colors which give you the ultimate look of granite for a fraction of the cost. If you have any questions about our products, don’t hesitate to contact us. Custom sizes and designs are no problem.

We provide dealer direct pricing on all Bestbath Accessible Showers, whether you are remodeling and need a multipiece unit, or if you are building a new home or addition and can use a single piece unit.

All of Bestbath's products are built to last with a 30 year warranty. We offer installation in Massachusetts, Southern Maine and Southern New Hampshire, OR we can ship any of these beautiful accessible showers right to your home or job site.

Contact Accessible Solutions today and let us help you see the difference "Accessibility" can make it in your bathroom.

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QUALITY CONSTRUCTION you can see and feel!
We all want a good price, but we also want good good quality. Normally you can't get both, but with Bestbath we can give you both. You can actually see and feel the quality — it’s all in the layers!
Their multi-step manufacturing process results in a shower or tub/shower combination that will provide years of worry-free enjoyment. This cross section of our walls shows the quality and durability that you will find only with Bestbath.
Gelcoat finish:
And you thought you could only get gelcoat on the hulls of yachts!
Gelcoat finish gives Bestbath products a luxurious look and feel, and makes them easy to clean and naturally resistant to mold and mildew. The gelcoat finish is more durable and much more uniform than acrylic, and is easier to repair.
Barrier coat:
Bestbath is proud to be an industry leader in accessible showers and include a barrier coat in their products, which adds strength to the gelcoat layer and ensures a consistent product surface and durability for years to come. The barrier coat also eliminates print through, which occurs when the fiberglass texture is visible through the outer surface of other showers and tub/shower combinations on the market.
First layer of Laminate:
A precise level of fiberglass and resin is sprayed and then rolled onto the unit, improving the consistency and further enhancing the quality and durability of the finished product.
3/8” Plywood Backing:
Perhaps you have seen other shower walls - thin as can be - you have to figure out where you need to put blocking now and also years from now where you might need it so that you won't have to take it all down and start again?
This is where Bestbath truly shines! Their walls have 100% plywood backing resulting in a much more rigid and durable product. Upon installation of the unit, or as the owner’s mobility needs change, a seat or grab bars can be installed wherever necessary without the need to find a stud.
Second layer of Laminate:
This layer of fiberglass and resin reinforces the structural integrity of the unit, encapsulating the plywood backing and protecting it from external elements. Bestbath has spent over 40 years perfecting the construction and design of their entire range of bathing solutions to ensure a lifetime of worry-free heavy use. They build their products with pride right here in the US which is important - IT MEETS THE CODES! and they back them with a 30 year warranty.
CUSTOM DESIGNS - PROVIDING LIFETIME SHOWERS YOU WILL LOVE FOR A LIFETIME!
And as if their quality and warranty weren't enough - how would you like to customize it? Really make it "your own"? With Bestbath, the sky’s the limit when it comes to getting the exact look you’re after.
They can apply custom color accenting to your shower or tub/shower combination before it ships and now with their Designer Series you can easily install real tile accents onsite to match the existing style of your backsplash or floor.
Would you like to learn more?
Let us know how we can help!
Contact us today
We can help you design the perfect shower for your accessible bathroom.
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Home or commercial bathrooms used by persons with disabilities must meet a wide range of compliance standards in order to be ADA compliant.

We offer remodeling services that start out with requirements gathering, then construction design planning, and finally, a contractor will remodel your bathroom to allow it to have handicap accessibility. We can make it so a wheelchair can access your barrier-free shower without having to maneuver around glass doors or a curb at the entryway. We can install grab bars so you can transfer to a seat or to the toilet easily regardless of your disability. We'll ensure your bathroom remodeling project is ADA compliant or as close as feasible within the structural confines of your home.

We can add modifications to restrooms to meet the ADA's guidelines, making your bathroom easier to accommodate Americans who are handicapped. Our contractors can renovate your bath and kitchen with improvements such as new fixtures, like toilets, and other things that complete the remodeling process for every room that needs it. For example, we may find your building includes specific deficiencies, like narrow walls that must be widened, or steps or stairs that require ramps. We incorporate retrofitting into our remodels, such as widening doors and entryways, and our company provides expert ADA bathroom remodeling solutions.

Contact us today to learn more about our ideas of how we can build a bathroom that accommodates your physical needs in the existing space of your restroom. Call us to see what we can provide with cost estimates, renovation options, and features. We provide the best worth for your dollar for our renovating service, which we provide exclusively in Massachusetts, Southern New Hampshire, and Southern Maine. We are certain you'll be safe and in a feeling of luxury after your facility is renovated, and the best part about it is that there are programs that can help you pay for it.

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