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Walk In Bathtubs

Find a great small bathtub for your bathroom. Learn about what to look for first.

Having a hot bath is a luxury that most people enjoy. However for the elderly and infirm getting in and out of a standard bath is not always the easiest of things to do. It can have the potential to cause an accident, and this is especially so when trying to stand up to get out of the bath. However there are special baths designed to address this problem and if you have difficulties getting in and out of a bath, walk in bathtubs can be a solution to this.

Walk in bathtubs are designed with a water tight door which makes getting in and out of them a much simpler task. Rather than being long shallow baths designed for lying down in, they tend to be square in shape, deeper and designed for sitting in. Most have a ledge incorporated in the bath which is used as a seat, although there are a few designed for lying down.

The obvious advantage of walk in bathtubs is that they are easier to get in and out of which is safer for those who use them. The door provides a convenient and simple way to step in an out of the bath and as it is a watertight seal when closed there is little danger of water seeping out. As most are designed for sitting in rather than lying down, it can also be more comfortable to use. This is especially so for those people who find getting up from a lying down position difficult.

An option to consider when purchasing a walk in style bath is whether to have an inward or outward opening door. An inward opening door is self sealing as the pressure of the water holds it closed and therefore water is less likely to leak out. However getting out of the bath if there is an emergency is more difficult as the bath needs to be emptied of water before you can open the door. An outward opening door is equipped with a rubber seal to ensure they do not leak and these can be easier to open in the event of an emergency.

One point to note with walk in bathtubs is that you have to be careful with the temperature of the water. In a standard bath you can fill it with water and check the temperature before getting in. If the water is too hot you can easily adjust this before getting in. However with a walk in style bathtub you have to get in and settled prior to filling it with water. This means that you need to be careful with the temperature of the water to ensure that it is not too hot.

There are a number of companies that specialize in manufacturing walk in bathtubs. One of these is Independent Living USA and they have more than 30 different models to choose from which start from a price of around $1,600. Other companies that produce walk in style baths include Safety Bath and Meditub. These have a range of bathtubs available in a few different styles. Cost for walk in style bathtubs can range from around $1,500 at the lower end of the market to $6,000 and greater for more expensive tubs.

If you have difficulties getting in and out of a standard bath then walk in bathtubs are a common sense option to consider. They are simple and comfortable to use and will ensure that you can enjoy the benefits of a hot bath whenever you choose to do so.