There are many benefits associated with taking baths. But for some, the use of a standard bathtub may be difficult. If you hope to get back into the habit of taking baths, you may consider installing a walk-in tub in your home.
Because it is a significant investment, everyone should understand the benefits associated with a walk-in tub before they take the leap. Our team at Surface Bella knows firsthand just how impactful the installation of these tubs can be on a person’s life.
1. It Improves Safety
A walk-in tub provides you with the knowledge that you, or your loved ones, will be safe from potential slip-and-fall accidents in the shower. The convenience of the walk-in tub door eliminates any need to climb over the wide lip of a standard bathtub, keeping you and your loved ones out of harm’s way.
In addition to the door, walk-in tubs come equipped with handrails, anti-slip flooring, anti-scald valves, and a built-in seat. The built-in seat is textured, helping to prevent users from slipping off when it’s wet. Many of the top walk-in tubs on the market were created in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act standards, certifying that they are accessible to all.
2. It’s More Comfortable
With a walk-in tub, bathing can become more comfortable, especially if standing for extended periods is difficult. These tubs have a built-in seat, allowing you to rest comfortably while bathing with the attached handheld shower head. Additionally, these tubs are much taller than a standard bathtub. Because of this added height, you’ll experience a full-body soak. The built-in seat and added height of a walk-in tub make bathing a more comfortable experience for everyone who uses them. Walk-in tubs also drain much faster than a standard bathtub, meaning anyone using it doesn’t have to wait too long for the tub to empty.
3. It’s Great If You Have Limited Mobility
If you’re experiencing mobility issues, including struggling to get over the wide lip of a standard bathtub, a walk-in tub might be a good option for you. A walk-in tub’s lip is between 1 and 6 inches high compared to the standard bathtub, which can have a lip between 14 and 16 inches high. Because of this smaller lip, anyone with mobility issues should be able to get into the tub without too much difficulty.
There are also walk-in tubs that accommodate those using walkers, wheelchairs, or scooters. With these tubs, users can get right up to the seat and easily maneuver their mobility device out, allowing them to enjoy the comfort of their bathtub.
4. They’re Luxurious
Many walk-in tubs come with jets. These added jets make bathing in a walk-in tub a more luxurious experience than in a standard bathtub. These jets, situated on the backrest and in the footwell of the tub, will provide users with a comfortable massage as they bathe. The walk-in tub jets can relieve muscle pains and aches through a massage-like experience.
5. Maintain Independence
One of the greatest benefits of a walk-in tub is the ability to maintain independence. Users with mobility issues or who tire easily won’t need to rely on the help of their family to bathe. With the added safety features, family members won’t have to worry so much about their loved ones getting injured while trying to care for themselves.
The handheld shower head also allows users to reach any part of their body that isn’t submerged in water. Users won’t have to worry about moving throughout a shower stall to ensure their entire body is getting clean. A walk-in tub gives users and their families the peace of mind that they can bathe themselves without fear of injury or overexertion.
How To Choose A Walk-In Tub
With so many walk-in tubs on the market, choosing one that fits your lifestyle may take time and effort. If you’re looking to install a walk-in tub, it is best to keep all impairments in mind, as well as your bathroom’s layout. Walk-in tubs feature inward and outward swing doors. An inward swinging door tub may be a better choice if you have a smaller bathroom.
You’ll also need accurate body measurements to ensure the tub fits you comfortably once installed. To get proper measurements for your walk-in tub, measure the width of your hips and shoulders straight across and the length of your legs when seated.
Get A Walk-In Tub With Surface Bella
Our Surface Bella team believes everyone deserves the opportunity to enjoy the luxury of a bath. No one should have to miss out on this joy. Our experts are authorized to install Ella’s Bubbles’ Walk-In Tubs, which are high-quality, therapeutic tubs.
If you aren’t sure which of our walk-in tub options is best for you or would like to schedule an appointment to talk about getting one installed in your home, contact our team today.