What are Walk in Tubs?

What is a walk in tub?A walk in tub is a bathtub that is generally used for the same purpose as a traditional bathtub; however is designed to provide individuals with a safer, more convenient and comfortable bathing experience. Walk in baths are typically intended to suit those with mobility challenges such as those that are disabled (physical handicaps), the elderly, and/or those who suffer from painful ailments. They were created to meet the needs of individuals who want to bathe independently and securely. Some people purchase accessories for their traditional tub like bath seats, grab bars, etc. in order to try and meet their desire for independence and security in the bath, they find however that those band-aid type solutions are not really a solution at all. Traditional baths, even with all of the available accessories, are not designed for those who suffer from mobility problems. This is where walk in tubs come in.

Walk in tubs offer additional features that are to be used for other, more specific purposes you won’t typically get from a traditional bath. For example, a traditional bath can be 20” or higher from the bathroom floor which can be an obstacle for some, however a walk in tub offers a U or V shape door that opens so that you can easily walk in rather than having to step over to get into and out of the tub. These walk in doors are sealed so that they are watertight to keep them from leaking and typically come in right-hand or left-hand configurations to meet the individuals’ specific needs. This is why walk in tub are often called tubs with doors or step in bath tubs.

Safety is a key design in a walk in bath tub. Some of the safety features that are part of a walk in tub include a chair-height seat for a comfortable and secure bath, a grab or handle bar which makes it easier to maneuver around your tub, and a non-skid floor to keep the individual from slipping and falling.

A walk in tub, with its specific design and its additional features and options can be used for other purposes other than just bathing. For example, walk in tubs typically offer a whirlpool/Jacuzzi option which puts jet and/or air bubbles right in your bath to be used for relaxation, comfort and to help alleviate aches and pains. Also, because walk in tubs are generally much larger and deeper, they provide a much more immersive bath. Most walk in tubs can be used for bathing and showering as well.

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