A walk-in bath is an alternative solution to adding a bathlift or seat to your existing bathtub, and there are many baths available with a door in the side, often with a built-in seat as well, which are much easier and safer to access.
Bear in mind that you will need to wait in the bath while it fills and empties, so check that both operations can be accomplished as quickly as possible!
This compact walk-in bath (on the right) has a smart, tempered glass door and slip-resistant floor. It provides a deep soak, while allowing you to bathe in an upright position. It can be installed in really small bathrooms, where a larger bath would not fit.
It has been designed to be easy and safe to operate.
Where space permits and the user has enough mobility to manage without a seat, a full length walk-in bath such as this one on the right, enables you to lie back and soak.
The low threshold door is made from tempered glass with a simple push and pull locking mechanism. Being low level makes it easier to step in and out of the tub.
A stylishly designed unit which combines bath and shower in one enables both facilities to be provided even in a modestly-proportioned bathroom.
The ‘P’ shaped tub with toughened glass screen at one end gives a generous space for showering, and the bath is long enough to recline fully for soak.
An alternative to a walk-in bath, here the side panel drops down to become a load-bearing seat, enabling access to the tub for both ambulant and wheelchair users, who could transfer across, perhaps with some assistance. Once the user is in the bath the side panel closes and the bath can be filled.
An optional feature which appeals to an increasing number of users, is hydrotherapy massage. Several suppliers now offer this in some or all of their walk-in baths. The massaging action of millions of bubbles can help improve circulation, ease aching muscles and provide some relief from the pain of arthritis or rheumatism.
A warm air body dryer (right) may be helpful for people with mobility and dexterity problems, for whom towel drying can be difficult. Painful skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis could also be eased. The dryer draws in warm air while the bath or shower is running, then expels it when required, to dry the body in minutes.
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