For several groups who need these assists, walk-in bathtubs are highly valuable for their ability to improve bathing access and comfort. Designed for a combination of safety and ease of access, walk-in tubs are perfect for seniors, those with movement issues, or anyone else who may struggle to bathe normally and comfortably.
At Tubzz, we’re proud to offer high-quality walk-in tubs from multiple manufacturers. We can also advise you on other prominent bathroom access areas where you can make some upgrades if you or a loved one is struggling with movement or accessibility issues. Today’s blog will go over some of the specific benefits walk-in tubs offer in these areas, plus some other accessories and replacement options you might want to consider.
Benefits of Walk-In Tubs
There are several major benefits of walk-in bathtubs for those who need improved access to the bathroom or bathtub. A few of the primary areas to consider include:
- Swing door: Doors that swing open and shut, allowing users to step in and out of the bath rather than having to climb over the edge.
- Built-in seating: Allows bathing in several easy and comfortable formats, including traditional seated position and easier standing when finished bathing.
- Grab bars: Walk-in tubs can be outfitted with a variety of grab bars and other safety devices to assist with avoiding slips and related areas. Shelves are also common for easy storage.
- Durability: Walk-in tub products are made to resist chipping and cracking, and also will prevent mold or mildew growth.
Here are several other bathroom accessories you might consider to supplement a walk-in tub for yourself or a loved one:
- Treads: Install non-slip treads in both the tub and other possible risk areas of the bathroom. These can adhere to several surfaces, but just make sure the one you purchase works with the materials in your bathroom.
- Shower seat: If you’re keeping a shower present in the bathroom, consider a seat for easier access and bathing.
- Handheld heads: Down similar lines, a handheld shower head goes a long way to improving ease of access.
- Bath mat: A non-slip bath mat just outside the tub should be a given.
- Toilet seats: For those with knee or leg issues, toilet seats that are higher than average can make sitting and standing much easier. In addition, consider padded seats that increase comfort.
One other important area to consider is the sink and vanity in your bathroom. For seniors who struggle with mobility and possibly cognition issues as well, switching to larger sink handles with prominent indicators for hot and cold can help prevent any accidents or hazards. If anyone in your home uses a wheelchair, you may also consider a lower bathroom sink vanity to allow them to access it easily.
For more on additional bathroom accessories to supplement walk-in tubs, or to learn about any of our custom bathtub options, speak to the staff at Tubzz today.