Walk-in tubs are built by companies that either have years of experience or ones that know exactly what seniors need when it comes to bathing safely. You will find this evident in how much of those safety features are shared and pioneered by top companies in the business.
Eight recurring safety features are featured by most models for a reason. They are essential for ensuring that seniors’ mobility issues are accommodated for in the walk-in tub’s design features, allowing them to bathe safely without sacrificing their independence.
These safety features include:
Low Entrance Threshold (Low Step-In)
A buyer needs to check a unit’s dimensions before purchasing to make sure the step-in height of a tub’s entryway is not too high for them. Depending on a senior’s needs, the step-in of a walk-in tub ranges from 0″ to 9″ high. If you wish to never lift your legs over a traditional tub’s wall ever again, a walk-in bathtub is what you need.
Safety Grab Bars
Depending on the accessibility a walk-in bathtub provides, safety bars are typically located in convenient areas to help seniors balance themselves when entering and exiting the tub. If a certain model, for example, is built for wheelchair-bound users, a safety bar will typically be located on the unit’s outer rim to make it easy to reach.
Depending on the severity of a senior or handicapped person’s condition, a wheelchair-accessible unit’s primary form of entry varies to make it easy for wheelchair-bound users. Some models require the user to have some control of their legs to be accessed, and others don’t. An example would be walk-in tubs that support lateral access – this is where the senior lifts himself up with his hands and simply slides onto the tub seat laterally. The seat of these models sits right behind the door to make lateral access that much easier.
Anti-Slip Seat and Floor
Statistics show that bathroom injuries are directly proportional to aging. This is because straining for strength in the legs when moving in and out of the tub requires more traction to prevent slip-and-fall accidents. Luckily, the floors and seats of walk-in tubs are textured and treated with anti-slip solutions to keep those accidents from happening.
Ideally, a unit should always be purchased if its enclosure fits the measurements of a user to keep them comfortable, not having to worry about slipping while seated and having everything within arm’s reach.
An anti-scald valve is quick to respond to excessively hot water and reduces the hot water volume before it reaches the spray nozzles of a walk-in tub.
Emergency Door and/or Switch
Emergency precautions are approached differently by certain models than others. Near the drain; some units feature an emergency button that a senior can push down with their toe, draining the water in less than a minute.
Another approach with some models is an emergency door switch which detaches the door and empties the tub instantly for a quick rescue.
The sealant that runs along the door bracket is waterproof and reliable for all walk-in tubs. Most, if not all, companies provide customers with a lifetime warranty on the door in particular, and that indicates that the manufacturer is confident in the anti-leak properties of their door.