If climbing over the side of your bathtub reminds you of the hurdles at school, it may be time to consider a new bathing experience.
You may already have attempted lowering yourself into your reclining bath with the aid of pulleys or grab bars, or even placed a chair in the bath – it’s not uncommon! But there is another option that can take the trepidation and fear out of bathing.
Walk in bath tubs offer a reassuring alternative to your bathtub trials.
So what is a walk-in bath tub?
In essence, a walk in tub is a bath tub with a door, allowing you to literally walk in to your bath, rather than climb in. Typically, walk in tubs are designed with moulded seating so you step in and sit down with minimal exertion. Seated tubs are deeper, so that when you are sitting you are also submerged, which means that you relieve aching muscles, encourage the repair of damaged tissue, and rejuvenate worn joints. A common fear is of getting cold whilst sitting around in your bath, and with regular tubs it doesn’t matter how high you turn the heating, the air on wet skin can make you very cold. With these specially designed safety tubs you remain submerged, warm, and different models even offer heated seating for the comfort of those suffering with fibromyalgia or arthritis.
These tubs are increasingly popular with home owners and care-givers, due to their ease of use and therapeutic benefits.
Walk in tubs, also referred to as safety tubs and easy access baths, are designed with your comfort in mind. Regardless of age or ability, we all want privacy when bathing, and these ever-developing tubs ensure prolonged independence for users. Installing a walk in bath in your home can tip the balance between aging in place, and relocating for round-the-clock care, and we know you don’t want that. Walk in tubs will ensure your comfort, your independence, and your dignity.
Ok, I like the sound of that, but how does it work?
Once you have entered your tub, turn on the specialized 3/4″ wide taps, and wait roughly 5-7 minutes for the tub to fill. Models vary from around 36″ – 50″ high, which is about double the height of a standard tub. However, unlike a standard bath, you step over a 1″ – 6″ step, rather than the standard 20″ wall.
Most safety baths have a inward opening door, which locks in place with the pressure of the water and the aid of fitted seals, so there’s no need to worry about leakages. Depending on needs and budget, you may enjoy a therapeutic bathe with aromatherapy, chromotherapy (light therapy), and hydrotherapy features, just like at the spa. More traditional walk in tubs may simplify the add ons with necessities such as a retractable shower head, or well-placed grab bars. With such a strong demand, manufacturers are always developing new and improved walk-in tubs to suit every need and price.
Are there other health benefits?
Yes! Not only does easy access to a subversive bathe result in all-round better hygiene, the hydrotherapy options can also help soothe the aches and pains of arthritis, stiff joints, aching muscles, scoliosis, carpal tunnel and even the symptoms of diabetes. Teamed with aromatherapy and chromotherapy, the reduction of stress, insomnia, and depression is clinically proven.
There’s the added health benefit of putting yours, and your family’s mind at rest. If you’re looking for a walk in tub for an elderly relative, you’ve probably already shared the fear your loved-one has each time they enter the bathroom. With a walk-in tub you’re putting your nerves at ease as well as theirs.
What’s the price range?
Of course, it all depends on your needs – are you looking for luxury, or are you nursing your budget? There are many important factors to consider once it comes to walk in tubs costs and prices, as this can be a long-term investment (although there are portable tubs in case you’re renting), but the hard and fast price range is from $2,000 – $10,000. This includes walk-in tubs for disabled users, extra-large walk-in tubs, and even special needs bath tub.