Walk-in baths define simplicity. On the face of it, they’re just a bath with a door, but there’s much more to it than that; especially if you are someone with mobility issues due to old age, illness or injury.
Conventional baths can prove difficult and, in some cases, dangerous to get into as you get older. Fortunately, you don’t need to suffer anxiety about your bathing experience thanks to the growing range of walk-in baths that allow you to still enjoy the feeling of a relaxing soak in the bath.
What are the advantages of a walk-in bath compared with an ordinary bath?
If you have always enjoyed a long, hot soak in the bath, you can still enjoy your favourite pastime as the years go by. Walk-in baths, that allow you to step into sideways and sit rather than downwards, offer a deeper water depth than a conventional bath. Most standard baths offer a depth no greater than 14 inches, but the benefit of a walk-in tub is that it can offer a depth of almost four feet, giving you a fully immersive bathing experience whilst being securely seated within the tub.
Seats built into our range of walk-in baths are typically positioned around 17 inches high. This not only ensures you don’t have to bend too far down into the water, but it also offers an additional 20+ inches of depth to immerse yourself into the warm, comforting water.
Better still, once you’re comfortably seated and immersed within your bathwater, some tubs also offer built-in hydrotherapy jets that can massage and soothe those aching muscles.
How is a walk-in bath an investment in your future?
The health benefits of a walk-in bath make it a sensible investment for the years ahead. Warm water for seniors is hugely beneficial, not only in easing aches and pains but in accelerating the healing of ulcers and burns.
Bone conditions such as arthritis are also known to benefit greatly from hydrotherapy, so if you could have your very own hydrotherapy bath to walk into at home, why wouldn’t you?
Most people also think that because a walk-in bath can house water up to four feet in depth that water usage is far more expensive than a conventional bath. On average, walk-in tubs will house around 50 gallons of water, while conventional tubs can house anything from 40 to 80 gallons depending on their size and depth. Walk-in tubs are much narrower than standard tubs, which allows them to offer that hugely beneficial depth.
Life-changing additional features to aid your walk-in bath
- Electric Care Shower
You can also turn a walk-in bath into a safe, shower space with the installation of an electric care shower. If you’ve stopped showering because you suffer from issues regarding your sight, hearing or dexterity, an electric care shower unit can be fitted above your walk-in bath with light-touch functionality and safety assured.
- Shower Seats
If your walk-in bath seat is a little too low to enjoy a shower, you could always get a separate shower seat fitted. These seats offer much-needed grip and stability when you need it most.
- Wall Finishes
It’s important to make it easy to keep bathrooms clean as we get older. We now offer wall panels that ideal surrounds for walk-in baths, with easy-clean surfaces to avoid a build-up of mould and mildew.
- Grab Rails
If you want specialist bathroom accessories that make it easy to manoeuvre your way around a walk-in bath and shower area, look no further than a safety grab rail. These can give you more confidence and stability when transferring in and out of your tub.