Do you suffer with mobility issues or disabilities? These physical problems can make every day tasks, such as getting in and out of the bath, a real chore. However, with specially designed bathroom furniture, you will find that these tasks become more convenient and less of a struggle.
A walk in bathtub is the ideal solution for anyone finding it difficult to climb over the edge of a traditional bath. They are designed to be easy to use and they’re safe enough for you to keep hold of your independence for as long as possible.
What is a walk in bathtub?
Unlike standard baths, these walk in tubs allow for easy entrance and exit making the experience relaxing again. The tub is usually much deeper than a traditional bath and even has a seat for you to sit on.
There are two types of door, ones that open out and ones that open in so you can fit a walk in bath in your bathroom, whether it’s big or small. The doors are fitted with a sealant to ensure the water can’t escape.
Having said that, it’s not just the walk-in feature that is beneficial. Many of these tubs also feature handrails and textured pads, all of which are designed to make bathing a more relaxing experience.
Who are they for?
A walk in bath is suitable for anyone with mobility problems or physical disabilities. They are also very helpful for elderly people that aren’t confident at climbing in and out of a standard bath without aide.
If you live alone and want to keep or regain your independence, you might find that walk in tub can help you do that. Instead of having to worry about lifting yourself over the side, you’ll be able to open the door and walk in.
When to get one
Walk in bath tubs are often associated with the elderly but if you’re confident at getting in and out of the bath without any assistance you may not require one. Only when you start having difficulties climbing over the side, lowering yourself into the tub or getting back out do you need a walk-in bath.
However, if you are starting to struggle, it might be worth investing sooner rather than later, before an accident happens.
What to consider
When you are shopping for a walk in bath, there are a few things to consider that you wouldn’t usually have to think about. As you will have to sit in the bath whilst it fills and drains, it’s worth paying attention to how long it will take. The step in height differs on all models so if you do have mobility issues, make sure you are able to get up the step.
If the step is too high, you might have to have a second step installed or opt for a power bath. Instead of opening a door to access, a chair and leg rest lifts you over the side and lowers you into the bath.