Bathtub Basics: Know These Before Buying a Walk-in Bathtub

Posted on Jun 24 2016 - 4:11am by Lilies and Daisies

BathtubAre you worried about bathroom accidents? Do you have difficulty using the bathtub? As you get older, or if you are disabled, it is important to consider your safety and independence in the bathroom. Using a walk-in tub would be your most preferred solution.

Why a walk-in bathtub?

Walk-in bathtubs are specially designed tubs with a watertight, hinged door on the side. This access door provides a three to seven inches threshold to step over, so you can easily walk in without the fear of slipping and falling. This is unlike standard tubs that are at least 15 inches high. In addition, most walk-in tubs have anti-slip floors, grab bars, a handheld showerhead, and a built-in seat. Higher-end models come with therapeutic spa-like features, which are great for seniors with ailments like arthritis.

What should you look for when buying?

Walk-in bathtubs are ideal for physically challenged individuals who have trouble using traditional tubs. If you find it challenging to find a bathtub for the disabled or seniors, there are a number of factors you should look into:

  • Tub size – Although most walk-in bathtubs come in various shapes and sizes, some have high walls and still fit into the same space as the traditional standard tub without the need to redesign your bathroom.
  • Quality – It is important you get your walk-in bathtub from a reputable company, which will offer you a lengthy warranty on all the tub features and its operating system.
  • Door options – Most large people prefer outward opening doors to inward opening doors as it is easy to enter and exit the tub using these doors. A better option for wheelchair users is the “rising wall” bathtub with a sliding side panel so you can easily enter the tub from a seated position.
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A walk-in bathtub will help you or your loved one enjoy a safe and independent time in the bathroom. Do your search thoroughly to find the most suitable tub that’s within your budget.