Many people face mobility issues when it comes to bathing. Stepping in and out of a traditional bathtub may be too difficult for some people, and the risk of slipping and falling can be too frightening. Walk-In bathtubs may be a solution for those who struggle to enter and exit their tubs due to advanced age, disability, or injury.
There are many benefits to a walk-in tub for those with limited mobility, balance issues, or who wish to find more ways to increase their independence. These tubs reduce the chances of falls, and are easily accessible for those who have difficulty stepping into a traditional tub. For those with limited physical ability, a walk-in tub can increase their independence and make bathing more enjoyable.
Walk-in tubs can be used for hydrotherapy. A soak in warm water can ease aches and pains, loosen tight muscles, and stimulate the release of endorphins. Jets can offer massage settings to help ease pain, and the depth of these tubs can allow for greater submersion.
Some models of tubs can also transform into a shower, allowing for more versatility. This is useful for tubs in homes with multiple occupants, to allow each to bathe as they please. Shower wands can make it an easier task to wash hair, as well.
These tubs can allow for users to age in place, and help them remain in their homes for longer. Increasing accessibility is an investment in your future, and can increase the time you are able to live in your own home independently. For many people, this is a leading reason to consider a walk in tub.
Choosing a Walk-In Tub
Walk-in tubs come in a wide range of options, so there is bound to be one that fits your needs and budget. These tubs feature a waterproof door and a built in seat to allow users to enter easily and sit comfortably while bathing. When choosing the right tub, be sure to look for one that accommodates the needs of the individual who requires it. Narrow doors, thresholds, or their body type may limit the models you can choose from.
When choosing a tub, there are other factors to be considered as well. Your home’s ability to accommodate a walk-in tub should be carefully considered. Not only does your bathroom need to be large enough to comfortably fit a walk-in tub, but your home’s plumbing will need to be able to handle the tub as well. Walk-in tubs hold far more than a traditional tub, so filling them will take time. As the tubs can only be filled with the occupant inside, comfort is a necessary consideration. An individual who doesn’t handle cold well may look for a tub that has its own temperature controls to help them stay warm while they are waiting for the tub to fill. Your water heater will need to be adequate to fill the tub as well.
Due to the high volume of water walk-in tubs hold, it can take time to drain as well. To exit, the occupant must wait until the tub empties. Many walk-in tubs come with wide drains to allow water to drain more quickly, but your home’s plumbing will dictate how quickly the tub can empty as well. A knowledgeable plumber can help you determine what upgrades your home will need to handle the tub easily.
If you are considering a walk-in tub for your home or for a loved one’s home, consult a plumber with experience installing walk-in tubs. They can help you select the right model and prepare your home to handle the requirements of a walk-in tub comfortably.
Our Bartlett plumbers can help you with your plumbing projects, including upgrading your home with a walk-in tub. We have more than 10 years of experience serving all your plumbing needs, and our team is dedicated to your satisfaction. Contact Smith’s Plumbing Service at (901) 290-1110 today to schedule an inspection.