Walk-in tub showers are highly functional though less aesthetic, but are of great use for those who have trouble stepping over and into it. The following article provides information about the various features of this type of tub.
A bathtub is a necessity in today’s time, particularly for those of you who return home tired and would like a nice warm soak. However, there are some who are unable to step over the bathtub to really enjoy this luxury. This may be true for older individuals, and those who have certain physical disabilities. It is for such individuals that the walk-in tub shower has now been designed. These tubs have a door that allows the individual to walk into the bathtub rather than climbing over it.
The Walk-in Tub Shower Combination
Walk-in tubs are tubs that are of the same size as regular tubs, so that they can fit into the standard space designed for bathtubs. These tubs come with a door that is present to allow the person to walk inside the tub. Apart from the door, the height of such tubs is also higher than the standard, specifically to incorporate a seat inside for the elderly or disabled. The height of such tubs may range from 37 inches to 60 inches. Their width and length is often available in standard sizes. These tubs have seats within them which is why they are usually higher than the standard sizes. The seats within make them the perfect bathtubs for the elderly, without too much physical stress.
There are varieties of walk-in shower tubs that are designed specifically for those who use wheelchairs. The door is designed in such a manner that the individual can independently use it by simply opening the door, and sliding on to the seat within the tub from his/her wheelchair. Such tubs are also suitable for people affected by joint problems such as those in the knee or hip. Some walk-in tub showers have security bars that further aid people in getting up and sitting down easily. These tubs also reduce the risk of slipping and falling, which reduces the risk of injuries.
In order to bathe in the tub or soak in it, you are required to close the door (that is water tight) and then fill it up. The only drawback that is observed is that, the door can be opened only after the water is drained out.
Most models come with an attached hand-held shower and with an attachment that allows the shower to be mounted on the wall, that are within the reach of the user, making it extremely convenient for use. The cheaper varieties come without fixtures and they need to be attached separately by you. Other models are actual walk-in tub shower enclosures, where enclosures have been created to have a spill-free shower, a factor that helps with safety of the elderly.
The more expensive varieties are extremely luxurious with jets in different points within the tub that provide a jacuzzi like experience to the user. Some of these points have been placed in a manner that allows for pressure point access in the body to soothe various bodily pains. Most tubs are made of fiberglass or acrylic, though the latter has been found to be more durable than the former.
As you can see, there are multiple benefits of these showers. With the amount of convenience as well as safety it provides to the elderly and the physically disabled, it is well worth the investment.