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Bath Safety - Walk In Tubs Simplify Your Life PDF Print Email
Home & Family - Elderly Care
Written by: Stephen Daniels   
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 14:21
To those with limited mobility, standard showers and bathtubs can be difficult and unsafe to use. This can make the once simple task of bathing frustrating and complicated. Frequently, showers don't have the anti-slip protection and grab bars that are needed, or a seating area that can make the task easier. Walk in bathtubs, however, have all this and more, contributing to both safety and relaxation.


To those with limited mobility, standard showers and bathtubs can be difficult and unsafe to use. This can make the once simple task of bathing frustrating and complicated. Frequently, showers don't have the anti-slip protection and grab bars that are needed, or a seating area that can make the task easier. Walk in bathtubs, however, have all this and more, contributing to both safety and relaxation.

Increasingly, manufacturers are producing walk-in bathtubs with safety features that traditional showers miss. These easy to install, handicap accessible tubs include height-adjustable, easy-to-use faucets and shower heads and strategically located grab bars as well as many other amenities that can enhance comfort, safety and ease of bathing.

Showers that are handicap friendly generally have a very low threshold or are completely level with the floor, providing maximum accessibility. However, walk in tubs let you opt for either a shower or a nice soak in the tub without the worry of how you will get in and out of the bath. Soaking in warm water isn't a mere luxury - it can go a long way towards soothing aches and pains. Walk in baths often come with a shower head that can be either hand-held or wall mounted and can be set at the right height for your needs.

Today, there are a great number of different walk in bathtub models on the market. All of them feature an inward or outward opening door in the side of the tub. This makes the tub far safer and easier to step into than traditional baths. Outward opening doors are considered to be safer in some cases, as the door can be opened even when the tub is full in case of an emergency. However, most choose inward-opening doors. These are advantageous because they require less room, and they are "self sealing" due to the pressure of the water on them when the bath is full.

"Sit-in" tubs are typically the most popular models, offering a chair-height seat that is easy to get in and out of. These are convenient and excellent for both bathing and showering. However, some other models provide powered seats that can lower and lift you safely and easily in and out of a traditional height bath. This allows for a full-length bathing experience without the worry of slipping and falling. In addition to anti-slip surfaces and convenient grab bars for added safety, many tubs offer hydrotherapy jets as an option. Hydrotherapy is very therapeutic, aiding further in soothing aching joints and sore muscles.

These handicap accessible tubs are available in a wide variety of sizes to meet your needs and lifestyle. Shorter models can be found for a variety of hard to fit places, including bathtubs that are specifically made to take up the same amount of space as a standard shower stall. Long tubs are more spacious and similar to traditional bath sizes, giving you room to stretch out and relax.

As you'll need to be inside the tub both while it fills and empties, most walk in tubs have special features. One important feature is a thermostatic mixer, a temperature regulator that makes sure all water comes out at just the right temperature for your comfort and your safety. Many units have quick filling features as well. Another major issue is how quickly the water can drain. Seniors could catch a chill from sitting for several minutes in cool water as they wait for the tub to empty. Many models offer dual drain systems, or even pumps that can drain the unit in under a minute, to solve this problem.

Whether you mostly prefer showers with just the occasional bath, or you'd like to be able to soak in the tub every day, walk in bathtubs make your life easy by offering the ultimate in safety and in comfort.

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