The Walk-in Bath Guide – Part 1: Your Options

A walk-in bath, sometimes referred to as a bath with a door, is a decision which requires some thought. Any purchaser needs to be sure they have selected the right bath for their needs. In making the decision a number of factors have to be considered. Here, in our two part blog, we intend to explore the frequently occurring choices in the walk -in bath purchase. Be sure to pick up part 2 for more information.

Mobility Needs

Everyone considering a walk-in bath has different mobility needs. Though a picture may look like the right product there are various details that may mean the bath is not suitable and an alternative is a better choice. The best way to do this is to try before you buy.  Absolute Mobility have a showroom in Henley on Thames, displaying some examples of walk-in baths. A visit is well worth while to try out examples of full length and short length walk-in baths. Alternatively, for customers looking for a company to carry out a professional installation, Absolute Mobility have a mobile showroom that can bring an example of the bath to you. Whichever, you choose you will have a chance to try out a walk-in bath and make up your mind how you get along with it. It’s best to try before you buy, in order to ensure you are buying the right product.

Short length walk-in baths

These are often referred to as tub style baths. These baths are best for people unsteady on their feet, who may be at risk of a fall in a standard bath. The bather steps into the bath, closes the door and fills the bath to the desired level using taps within easy reach of the sitting position. They can then bathe in comfort, or if preferred, a shower head can be positioned conveniently to one side turning the bath into a sit down shower. As the user is already seated they will find it easier to get up from the sitting position. Of course, grab rails can be added to assist the user as required. If the bathroom is large enough, these baths can be added to an existing family bathroom, retaining standard baths and showers for other members of the family. Alternatively, due to their space saving size, they can be added to the corner of a bedroom or annexe.

Full length walk in bath

Where the user can get up and down in the bath, but struggles with gaining access to the bath, a full length walk-in bath may be more suitable. Essentially this is a standard bath with a door for easy access. Once safely inside the bath can be used as a standard bath tub. Whilst this may be ideal for current needs, the purchaser should consider how things may change in the future. Whilst getting up and down may not be a problem at the moment, this may change in the future. If it does become a future need, a bath lift could be added to provide assistance getting up and down in the bath.

Full length walk in bath with lifting seat

This is, perhaps, the most desirable walk in bath. It retains the traditional full length bath design, allowing a bather to recline and enjoy a proper bath all over again. The walk-in door provides easy access and once over the low step threshold, the bather can get down and up using a powered lifting seat. This type of walk-in bath covers all the requirements of a mobility bath and figures very highly on the walk-in bath purchasers wish list. Short length baths will always be more suited to people with advanced mobility needs, whereas the full length walk-in bath with a lifting seat is best for people who need a bit of extra help to get down and up again in the bath.

Power Baths

These type of baths can be used in residential situations as well as care homes. They do not have a door like a walk-in bath. They are suited to more intensive caring needs for disabled people or people with very reduced mobility. The Windsor range of baths are very popular in residential homes as they allow wheelchair users to enjoy independent bathing. The top of the range Windsor 3 has a lifting seat with a powered leg lift on the outside of the bath. The bather can move onto the lifting seat from a wheelchair or Zimmer frame and, at the push of a button, the seat will lift them over the edge of the bath and lower them into the bath. Of course, once bathing has finished the bather can exit the bath in the same way.

Your Options- Introduction

Other types of power bath are available, many with a Hi-Lo function to raise and lower the bath so that carers can provide assistance. Some come with lifting seats like that available on the Windsor range of baths, whilst the Lincoln power bath has a bathing board to assist a person who is unable to move.

The baths themselves are large and heavy and can require floor reinforcing. In view of this, it is best to seek an installation from professionals who have extensive experience installing these types of baths.

Be sure to explore more in part 2.

If you have any further questions or would like to speak with one of team then contact us on 0800 29 22 110 or here

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