When it comes to comfort and independence for seniors or those with mobility issues while bathing, there are several products out there that may play a role. Which are chosen will depend on several factors, from the individual’s mobility concerns to slip-and-fall risks in the bathroom space, room alignment and others.
At Heavenly Walk-In Tubs, we’re proud to offer high-quality portable hydrotherapy walk-in bathtubs for the elderly or handicapped to use as assists while bathing. And while we want our products to benefit as many people as possible, our top priority is client comfort over all else – even if this means we recommend certain other products to some individuals instead of our own. One common related product to the walk-in bathtub is the walk-in shower; let’s go over how these two items differ and how seniors or those with mobility issues can go about choosing between them.
Walk-in bathtubs come with low, step-in entries that allow for those using them to step easily into and out of them with no major strain. This is one of the top selling points of all walk-in tubs, as stepping into and out of the tub is one of the riskiest parts of the bathing experience in normal tubs for those with movement concerns. Our tubs also come with additional safety elements like handrails, anti-scald valves and non-slip flooring formats.
In addition, our walk-in tubs can be outfitted with numerous hydrotherapy elements, including jets and water circulation themes that benefit everything from circulation to muscle comfort and several other areas. Finally, they offer the ability to be seated during bathing, which is much more comfortable and low-stress for many seniors.
Walk-in showers, on the other hand, provide similar safety and comfort themes, but for those who are still comfortable standing for a traditional shower and just require a bit of assistance while doing so. Walk-in showers also contain low-step entries for easy entry and exit, though they do not tend to come with the same seating arrangement as a walk-in bathtub. They can be installed with a variety of showerhead options and various other accessories, such as grab bars and non-slip floors.
So how do you decide which of these options is best for you? This conversation begins with specific needs of the individual involved, as comfort and safety while bathing are the top priorities here. From here, you should also consider factors like your current setup (changing the entire bathroom’s layout is more expensive), the space available and the individuals who may use the bathroom space on a daily basis.
For more on choosing between a walk-in bathtub and a walk-in shower, or to learn about any of our portable walk-in tub products, speak to the staff at Heavenly Walk-In Tubs.