How does a walk-in bath work?

If you have an elderly relative living with you at the moment, then there is a chance that you will have at least thought about having things changed in your bathroom so that it is a little bit easier for them to find their way around it. With this being the case, a walk in bath could be one of the options that is key in your mind at the moment. However, if you’re not too sure about what one is, or how it works, you may not know whether it is the right choice for you – this article has the answers to some questions you may have.

Why would you choose this type of bath?

If you know that you have an elderly relative who often struggles when they are getting in and out of the bath, a walk in bath could make it easier for them. It would also mean that they may no longer need any help, which would allow them to keep their independence for much longer – which can only be a good thing.

What are the different types of walk in bath?

There are a few different options that you can take here, and your final choice will very much depend on the individual needs of the person who will be using the bath. Firstly, you have the choice about whether you want a full length bath or a sit up one. A sit up one may be better for those with restricted mobility, as it can be difficult to get back up after lying down.  However you can have a full legnth bath with a seat lift to help getting in and out. With a sit in type bath you will also get to choose between an inward and outward opening door. This will largely depend on the amount of space that you have available, but from a safety point of view an outward opening door can be a better choice, as it means that it is easier to get somebody out of the tub in case of emergency.

How does it actually work?

Firstly, the door will be opened and this gives access via a small step. A little ramp can be used to help with this if any kind of step is a problem. After this, the door should be closed and sealed. It is important that this is done properly, as any kind of leaks in the bathroom can be dangerous for people stepping onto the floor afterwards.

Next, the bath will be filled up. Usually, it shouldn’t take a great deal of time, as the baths are designed to fill quickly – because the water has to be added while the bather is sitting in the bath, in contrast to other baths where you can leave it running before you get into it. Once the bath is filled, you will be able to activate any other features if you have them, such as bubbles or air massage facilities. This can be very pleasant, and perfect for somebody who may suffer with stress or a number of disabilities.

The bath will need to be drained before you get out of it, but most can do this relatively quickly, meaning that the user doesn’t get too cold while waiting. Once all of the water has been drained out of the bath, the door can be opened and the bath can be exited.

A walk in bath gives you a great chance to allow loved ones to remain independent and let them take care of their own personal hygiene, which is great. Choosing the right bath is vital, and once you understand exactly how they work, you will be able to relax knowing that your loved one is taken care of in the best possible way.

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