Falls are the leading cause of death among America’s elderly population, and one of the most hazardous rooms in the home is the bathroom. The very room that used to be your sanctuary has suddenly become one of the most dangerous rooms in the home. The combination of hard tile, wet surfaces, and soapy suds make for slippery footing. Add to that the fact that you must balance on one foot when climbing over the side of a tub to take a shower or bath, and you have a recipe for disaster. It’s not just age that has altered your bathing experience. You might have a physical disability or you’re recovering from an illness or injury. Whatever the cause, if you find yourself giving up taking a bath because getting in and out of a tub is too dangerous, and have relegated yourself to showers only, there is another option—a walk-in tub.
What Are the Benefits of a Walk-In Unit?
A hybrid walk-in tub combines the convenience of a shower with the spa-like luxury of a heated, jetted, luxurious bathing experience. The door opens inward, so the footprint is the same as a standard tub. The low threshold and conveniently placed handrails make entry and exit from the unit a hazard-free experience. Dual heads allow for an adjustable height shower or a hand-held unit so you can clean yourself while seated. You can still take a quick shower, but if you have time, you can safely take a long soak. A quick fill of the space means your bathing experience begins immediately while you sit on a heated seat as warm water fills the heated tub and jets soothe and nourish your skin, leaving it soft and silky. Safety features, such as anti-scald technology, and an anti-skid flooring surface add to your overall comfort level. The quick release technology means you won’t have to sit for long minutes waiting for the unit to empty.
What Else to Consider
You should look for a name-brand hybrid unit that has undergone years of rigorous testing. The unit should be made of acrylic but have a gel coating for comfort. The unit should come with a lifetime warranty. The dealer should offer to deliver and install the unit and should guarantee the installation. These are a few considerations to ponder when researching a walk-in tub.