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Walk-In Bathtubs Info

Updated on October 18, 2010

People have always needed to bathe. Hence the phrase, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” It is a comfort and pleasure to soak in warm water and feel clean. The ancient Romans were famous for their baths. They had communal bathing places, the bathers divided by gender. In the dark ages, to bathe more than once a month was believed to be strange. In the 19th century, people felt that bathing was a bad thing, that it promoted bad health. At that time in history, only the rich had bathtubs in their homes. There were bathhouses, where one could pay for a bath.

People in that time would only bathe when they absolutely had to do so. Finally, in the 20th century people found that bathing was actually good for their health and well-being. And then bathtubs entered each home. People began to bathe almost every day as a rule. But If you have an ailment that prevents you from being able to get in or out of a normal tub, what do you do? Taking a bath may actually put you in danger of falling. In that case, you may need a walk in bathtub.


What are walk in tubs?

Walk in bathtubs are tubs that have a door on one side that opens and allows access to the tub without having to step over the side and lower yourself into the tub. It also allows easy access from a wheelchair or walker. The walk in tub usually has a seat, so that sitting on the bottom of the tub is not necessary. The walk in tubs come in many different sizes and with many different features. There are models that have whirlpool packages, or are just soaker tubs. The capacity of the tub depends on the size you choose, but can be anywhere from 40 to 90 gallons. The tubs are made of acrylic in most instances.

Why do you need a walk in bathtub?

If you are handicapped in some way and not able to raise yourself from a prone position, you may need to consider walk in bathtubs. These tubs are designed for people who face issues of mobility. They can prevent the accidents that happen while the bather is getting in or out of a bathtub. It is a much more comfortable way to bathe for those who cannot lie down in a standard type soaker tub.

What are the benefits of having a walk in tub?

The risk of falling while attempting to enter of exit a regular tub is greatly reduced. If you have an injury, the last thing you need is another injury from falling. The tub has a seat so the occupant does not have to “squat” or lay down to bathe. You can sit in comfort instead. The safety issues alone are worth the cost. If you had a fall in your standard tub, you may have to have surgery on a hip or knee, which would cost you not only much money, but also cause pain. If you have had surgery and need hydrotherapy, a walk in bathtub is just what you need.

These walk in tubs have several safety features. Hand grip rails for aid in getting in or out of the tub. In addition, there are non-slip surfaces on the floors of all walk in tubs. The tubs are no harder to install than normal bathtubs. They will fit in the same space as a standard tub. The walk in door is watertight. The warranty for an average walk in tub is 10 years. Those in a wheelchair will find a power lift seat helpful. Many walk in bathtubs can be equipped with this feature. The controls for the water and drain are within easy reach. Even those with limited space can have a walk in tub.

The walk in tub can fit into just about any space. They come in sizes from very small to large. Older ones with disabilities or limited use of their legs or arms will find a walk in tub helpful. It gives them freedom and independence. Moreover, is comforting to them. There are many benefits of having a walk in tub. Finding someone who can install the tub for you is very easy. Any plumber will be able to correctly install your new walk in tub. Some models have quick drain features, in case you need to let the water out in a hurry.

What are the disadvantages of having a walk in bathtub?

The disadvantages of having a walk in tub are few. The cost for these types of walk in bathtubs can be a little pricey. In the long run, the tubs are worth the extra money. You are required to enter the tub and close the door before you turn on the water. You are also warned to be very careful with the temperature of the water as you are filling it. Although some models come with a water mixing valve that prevents scalding, this feature does cost a little more. If you are in a wheelchair, you must get a walk in tub that is big enough for wheelchair access. The faucets are usually not included, which adds another cost.

What is the average price of walk in bathtubs?

The average price can range from around $1,500.00 to upwards of $7,000.00 on the high end. The average price for a walk in bathtub is around $3,500.00 to $4,000.00, and that does not included the price to have the tub installed. It all depends on how large you need the tub and what type of tub you purchase, and the options you choose, such as: whirlpool or soaker, with a lift seat or not. There are many places to find walk in bathtubs. Your local home supply store should have several models from which to choose. If not, you can also use the internet to search for walk in tubs. People spend a lot of money to protect themselves, so the safety factor alone is worth considering a walk in bathtub.

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      Boo McCourt 7 years ago from Washington MI

      Extremely informative. I have been doing some research on these for my mom. And your hub provided a lot of essential information. Rated up!