Walk-in tubs are state-of-the-art bathtubs that are equipped with a water-tight door, which opens to allow the bather to step over a safe, low threshold to enter the tub, and then closes tightly as the tub fills. This provides a much safer bathing experience, eliminating the need to step over a dangerously high threshold, and providing a secure seat for the bather.
Walk-in bathtubs also provide a very pleasant, therapeutic bath, as the water is deeper than in a traditional tub, and optional hydrotherapy jets soothe and relax muscles and joints. Walk-in bathtubs make it possible for seniors to bathe themselves safely without depending upon the assistance of caregivers to get in and out of the tub or shower.
If you’re shopping for a walk-in tub for yourself or a loved one, you’ll find you have a lot of options to choose from. The following are 5 standout features that can really make a difference in how much you enjoy your walk-in tub:
Rapid Fill and Drain
As is true for any bathtub, a walk-in tub takes time to fill and drain. However, because of the design of the tub, the bather must be in the tub during filling and draining. A tub that takes over 15 minutes to fill and then 15 minutes to drain will not get used very often. Choose instead a model that provides rapid filling and draining to reduce the waiting time for the bather.
Heated Seat and Back
Again, even with rapid fill and drain features, the bather must spend some time in an empty or partially empty tub, which can be cold and potentially uncomfortable. A heated seat and back will significantly reduce that discomfort and will help keep the bather at a constant temperature while bathing.
No-Strength Mechanisms and Easy-Reach Controls
Since the main advantage of a walk-in tub is independence, it makes no sense to have locks and other controls that require significant strength to maneuver or that are completely out of reach for the bather. The door locking handle should require no strength to engage and release, and all the tub controls and shower heads should be within easy reach of the bather. Some tubs even have floating, waterproof remote controls. Bathers should be able to bathe comfortably and independently.
Hand-Held Shower Wand
A fully adjustable hand-held shower wand makes rinsing off a breeze. This easy-to-use device also makes the tub useful as a shower. It should be easy to reach and put away for the bather. Plus, it makes cleaning the tub so much simpler!
Adding a walk-in tub shouldn’t require a major bathroom remodel. Don’t buy a walk-in tub that is too big to fit in the space; buy one that’s designed to fit right into where the bathtub currently fits. This makes installation a snap. You’ll wonder why you didn’t invest in this little gem sooner.
Walk-in tubs provide invaluable independence and they help everyone feel safer. Safe Step Walk-In Tub Company has a wide variety of tubs designed and made in the USA, with the features you need to help you or your loved one bathe safely.