My apartment comes with a really great, really deep bathtub. I access the shower by stepping inside the tub — a rather high step, which I can fortunately manage without difficulty.
Earlier in my life, when the kids were small, I remember retreating to the bathroom to take a long, hot soak in the tub — and telling the kids firmly that I was “occupied” and if they needed anything, Daddy was on point. I think I enjoyed the quiet break as much as I enjoyed the bath. But I haven’t done that in years. Indeed, although I’ve lived here for three years and shower every day after my workout, I’ve never filled the tub and soaked in it. Not once.
I’ve just been on a round of visiting independent living facilities with Louise, and none of them have tubs. Walk-in showers are considered safer for older people, especially ones that will accommodate a chair or stool if necessary when a shower needs to be taken sitting down.
How about you? Do you have a tub? Do you use it? Would you miss a tub, if your living arrangements didn’t come with one?