What Is a Walk-In Bathtub?

By Diane Dilov-Schultheis

  • Overview

    What Is a Walk-In Bathtub?
    Walk-in bathtubs are a specially designed style of bathtub. As the name implies, you can "walk in" to them, as opposed to stepping over the rim in regular bathtubs. This can be extremely helpful to anyone who has trouble doing this. Walk-in bathtubs provide various benefits and come with handy features. This type of bathtub is frequently called a safety tub.
  • Significance

    Walk-in bathtubs are very vital to individuals who have restricted mobility. This style of bathtub is designed to be easier to enter, use and exit than a typical bathtub. Many people could not get into or use a bathtub without assistance, but they can with this type of tub. They are constructed with the safety and convenience of the bather in mind.
  • Function

    Walk-in bathtubs are used for taking baths. They can be utilized whenever a person is unable to step over the edge of a bathtub. They often provide a seat that is useful for people who have trouble standing alone for a shower. These bathtubs can be installed and used in most bathrooms. Elderly and handicapped people commonly employ them. Many walk-in bathtubs have extra features that make them attractive to others as well.

  • Types

    Walk-in bathtubs are manufactured with watertight doors. One type has a door that swings out; another type swings in. The most common sizes are 53 1/2 inches long by 30 inches wide by 41 1/2 inches high, and 53 1/2 inches long by 26 inches wide by 41 1/2 inches high. However, they are made in several different dimensions as well. This includes compact ones to fit in small areas or in existing shower stalls, or oversized, full-length or extra-wide models.
  • Features

    Walk-in bathtubs can have different features added. This includes several air jets that provide air hydrotherapy. Some tubs have powerful whirlpool jets and heat pumps built in. You can obtain ones with seats that pivot easily for simple transfer from a wheelchair or ones with special seats that raise you up. Most of them also include easy-to-reach water controls, grab handles and handheld showerheads.
  • Benefits

    Walk-in bathtubs provide some people with the self-esteem and freedom not found in the typical shower or tub. The fear of falling and the need to stand is eliminated. They can also be very therapeutic, given the numerous added features available. Anyone with mobility problems or aches and pains can find these options extremely beneficial.
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