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Walk-In Bathtubs a Safe Option For Denver Seniors

November 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Category: Aging in Place



Traditional shower design often fails to take into account the limited mobility factor that accessible walk-in bathtubs address. This creates challenges for the user who experiences physical impediments that make bathing a frustrating and complicated process. Showers often lack grab bars, anti-slip protection and a proper seating area common to walk-in tubs for a safe and relaxing bathing experience.

Handicap accessible bathtubs are a comfortable and easy-to-install alternative to traditional showers and provide all the safety features usual set-ups miss. Every year, manufacturers introduce handicap bathtubs that include height-adjustable, easy-to-use faucets and shower heads as well as strategically located grab bars. In other words, walk in tubs are all about your comfort and safety. Your Denver remodeling contractor will readily inform you as to all the options available for your bathing comfort, safety and security.

While handicap accessible showers feature a very low threshold or are even level with the floor for the ultimate accessibility, walk-in tubs offer the flexibility of either taking a shower or enjoying a nice soak in warm water without worrying about how you will get in and out of the bath. Having the option for a bath is not just a luxury – soaking is therapeutic, easing bodily aches and pains. These baths usually come with a shower head that can be either hand-held or wall mounted and can be adjusted to the exact height for your needs.

An astonishing variety of walk-in bathtubs are available on the market today. What they all hold in common is some kind of inward or outward opening door in the side of the tub. This allows for a low threshold that is far safer and easier to step into than in traditional baths. Outward opening doors are considered to be safer in some cases, as the door can be opened even when the tub is full in case of an emergency. However, inward-opening doors are advantageous because they are “self sealing” due to the pressure of the water on them when the bath is full, and they also require less room.

A majority of the most popular models are termed as “sit-in” tubs and feature a chair-height seat that is easy to get in and out of. These are great for showering as well as bathing. Alternately, other models feature powered seats that can lower and lift you safely and easily in and out of a traditional height bath. This allows you to experience full-length bathing without the worry of slipping and falling. In addition to anti-slip surfaces and convenient grab bars for added safety, quite a few models also feature hydrotherapy jets, which have therapeutic properties that can aid further in easing achy joints and sore muscles.

Handicap accessible tubs come in several different sizes and types to meet your needs and lifestyle. Shorter models can be found for a variety of hard to fit places, including bathtubs that are specifically made to take up the same amount of space as a standard shower stall. Long tubs are more like traditional baths and give you more room to relax and enjoy your soak.

As you’ll need to be inside the tub both while it fills and empties, most walk-in tubs have special features. One important feature is a thermostatic mixer, a temperature regulator that makes sure all water comes out at just the right temperature for your comfort and your safety. Many units have quick filling features as well. Another major issue is how quickly the water can drain. Seniors could catch a chill from sitting for several minutes in cool water as they wait for the tub to empty. Many models offer dual drain systems, or even pumps that can drain the unit in under a minute, to solve this problem.

Whether you mostly prefer showers with just the occasional bath, or you’d like to be able to soak in the tub every day, walk-in bathtubs make your life easy by offering the ultimate in safety and in comfort.

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