Handicap Tubs For Bathroom SafetyBarry Smith
Bath time doesn’t need to be a struggle if you have physical disabilities. There is a wide range of handicap tubs that let people reclaim and enjoy their bath time once more. If you or someone one you love has a physical disability then you may want to look into a handicap bathtub to help make their life easier and more enjoyable.
One of the most popular tub designs among handicap tubs is the “walk in” bathtub. This is the type of tub we here at Dr. Recommended tubs specialize in. Most walk-in tubs are made to be the same or very close in size to that of a traditional bathtub. This allows it to easily fit into the space your current tub is in and not take up extra space in your bathroom. The walk- in bathtub models allow people with mobility issues to easily and quickly enter the tub through a door on the side of it.
The best part about the walk-in tub having this door feature is it having to step over a tub wall that can be two-feet or taller no longer an issue. Compared to that two foot step most walk-in tubs have less than five inches someone may have to step over to get into the tub. This small step greatly reduces the opportunity for injury and falls that could occur by climbing over the wall of an older style tub.
Other great features built into a handicap bathtub are the seat and hand-held shower head for convenient and safe use. No longer do people have to lower themselves all the way down into a bathtub which can be dangerous (see our article here about that!), all they have to do it lower themselves down onto a seat. Once they are seated and the door is closed, they are able to relax and enjoy many of the other features these tubs come with like hydrotherapy, temperature control and self-drying features.
If you or someone you love has a severe mobility limitation or is a wheelchair user, you may look for a handicapped bathtub model where the door opens outward to make for even easier to access. A “sit and pivot” style chair allows wheelchair users to transfer themselves to the tub with greater ease. Just think of how much of your life could be reclaimed if you didn’t need help to take a bath and were able to enjoy one of these wonderful tubs yourself!
Special other great features that can be installed are water temperature controls, whirlpool or hydrotherapy features, additional safety bars, storage areas and other special fixtures.
Dr. Recommended tubs offers bathtub conversion services and/or handicapped bathtub installation that can be completed in a relatively short period of time. We have years of experience in contracting and installing these types of tubs and know what to look out for and how to best help you get your tub set up fast and where you want it.
Installing an accessible bathtub or shower can help mobility challenged individuals live a more independent lifestyle, while enhancing convenience and bathroom safety.
The only real draw back to having a handicap walk-in tub is the time is takes to fill and drain the water. And while they are built with pumps to help increase draining and fill with some models you still have to sit and wait for it to fill and drain in order to accommodate the door feature of these tubs. But we think that is a small price to pay to have a safer bathroom that you can once again enjoy nice hot soaks in after a long day!