What is a Walk-In Tub ?
Walk-in bathtubs or safety tubs contain a door built into the front or side. The user opens the door and walks or transfers from a wheelchair or lift into a seat which is molded into the tub. The door threshold is usually less than 4 inches high making access safer and easier than a conventional tub.
Who can benefit from a Walk-In Tub ?
People with a concern about falling or are having difficulty transferring into a conventional tub but do not want to give up their ability to take baths. People with arthritis, chronic pain, muscle spasms…People in wheelchairs or who require special lifts.
What are the advantages of a Walk-in Tub ?
These specialty tubs are manufactured to allow the user to enter the tub without having to lift his/her legs over the side of the tub. Some are called step-in tubs, many are also designed for wheelchair users or people who must be moved with a lift.
Who uses a Walk-in Tub ?
Walk-in safety tubs, or handicapped tubs, are commonly used by people suffering from arthritis, wheelchair users, people with disabilities, elderly people or anyone who can’t step over the side of a conventional tub.
What are the disadvantages of a Walk-in Tub ?
The biggest disadvantage of a walk-in bathtub is that the user must enter the tub before it’s filled, and wait to exit before it’s emptied.
Tip: Many tubs have special features that prevent the water from getting too hot as it fills. In addition, some tubs are designed with a drain system that works much faster than conventional tubs. Research tub companies that provide an extendable shower head as a standard option.
What’s the seat of a Walk-in Tub like ?
Unlike conventional tubs, most walk-in safety bathtubs have seats, so that sitting in the tub is like sitting in a chair or spa. The majority of the seats are contoured, or molded into the tub. The height of the seats vary and you will often find this listed in the product description of individual model pages on our site. A few walk-in, or step-in tubs have no seats, but do have a sloped back, usually with arm rests. Powered seats are also available. These lower and raise the bather into the tub. Some powered seats are solid, others are made from a belt that raises and lowers the user. These are specially-designed handicap tubs. Many tubs have jets built into the seat that are part of the whirlpool option. Also, many models come with seat cushions.