The most common location in the home for many accidents and injuries to senior citizens and the elderly is the bathroom. Regular bathing is a necessity for good health. A senior cannot just avoid the shower or bathtub, so what is a safe solution for the elderly and disabled to bathe? If you’re in the market for a walk-in shower or tub, there are some important features to be aware of. Not all walk-in tubs are made the same and some are designed for specific needs and disabilities. There are many different producers of walk-in bathtubs, especially now that accessible tubs are considered vital for an independent and high standard of senior living. Just be sure to learn what to look for and you will be able to make the right choice for your needs.
Available options in a walk-in tub:
Inward or Outward-Swing Opening Doors
Walk-in bathtubs typically have one of two types of doors: inward or outward-swing opening. These doors help allow one to step safely into the tub and then lock in place to create a seal once inside. The door seal prevents water from leaking out of the tub once it is filled. Inward swing opening doors are great for leak protection because the pressure of the water keeps it closed tight. They both require that the tub be completely drained before the bather may exit the tub. Outward-swing doors make entering and exiting the tub easy and are available in a large transfer design for those in a wheelchair to slide into the seat. Although they may require more space available in the bathroom than an inward-swing door tub.
Appropriate Size and Style
There are many different sizes of walk-in tubs available, along with a variety of different styles.
This is important depending on the size of the bather and the space available in your bathroom. Different walk-in tubs have different threshold heights. If you require a very low step-in height, you may have to shop for this feature or set the tub below the floor level in the bathroom.
Best Walk-in Tub Features
There are many therapeutic walk-in tub features to consider. You can choose from features like heated seats, hydro massage and air massage jets, Infusion Microbubble Therapy and more. These features will make you feel refreshed and rejuvenated when you get out of the bath. When you shop for a walk-in tub, make sure you look for these must-have features. A high-quality tub can make bathing a pleasure and prevent accidents or injury.
Bathing should be a relaxing experience, regardless of age or agility. In regard to your daily hygiene, choose comfort, safety, and independence with an Ella Walk-In Tub. Ella walk-in bathtubs are spa quality and constructed just for you. Contact us today for more information on the luxury tubs of the future and see how Ella can help you bathe safer, independently and with confidence.