Check out this walk-in bathtub we recently installed, along with the great-looking tile surround. We are installing more and more walk- in bathtubs as a result of our aging population and our clients wanting to age in their homes rather than going to a retirement facility. This is a highly functional bathtub that is ideal for those who have problems getting in and out of a traditional bathtub. Simply open the door, step up about three inches, close the door, sit down, turn on the water and you are on your way to a safe and comfortable bath.
If you just want a simple bath, the baseline tub is a soaker tub and will work great for you. Getting older and a little arthritic doesn’t mean you can’t have any fun, however; your tub can be outfitted with water jets for massaging sore muscles, air bubbles for a relaxing skin massage, mood lighting for ambience, aromatherapy to help settle the mind and a heater so you can stay in longer!
If you are considering a walk-in tub, here are some tips to help you pick the right one for you and get it installed properly:
- The tub will fit in the space of a standard tub, but since the tub is a one-piece unit, getting it to the space is often the most challenging part of the installation. Consult the installer of the tub before purchasing it so you can be sure you can get it to its destination.
- The tubs come in different sizes, shaped for big and little people. Be sure to give some thought to getting the right size for you.
- Have grab bars installed in strategic places around the tub so that you can maintain at least three points of contact with your hands and feet while you are getting in and out of the tub.
- If you get your tub outfitted with the options I mentioned, make sure the electrical for the tub is installed by a licensed electrician. Each of the “toys” requires a dedicated circuit. Don’t risk your life trying to save money on this part of the process.
- Taking a bath in a walkin tub is very different than a standard tub. The biggest difference is that you are required to sit in the tub as it drains. The tub comes with a hand sprayer so you can rinse yourself off while the tub drains. It takes more time to bathe, and it’s different, but with a little patience and practice you’ll get used to it and enjoy the freedom the tub provides.
- If you want more information, visit American Standard bathroom products.
Feel free to call us for a free in-home consultation on walk-in tubs or any age-in-place remodeling needs you may have.