In-Home Safety Consultation Prior to Walk-In Tub Selection, Part 1

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In-Home Safety Consultation Prior to Walk-In Tub Selection, Part 1

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For many who are considering the purchase of a walk-in bathtub, this is a very serious process. Often used as a portable bathtub option for a handicapped or elderly person who requires additional safety and comfort amenities, these tubs can make an enormous difference in quality of life and even self-esteem for many people.

At Heavenly Walk-In Tubs, we’re proud to offer a wide range of walk-in tub options, including our portable and safety bathtubs designed specifically for those in this position. One part of the tub purchasing process that many view as a critical step to take: Involving an in-home safety consultant who will help you purchase the perfect tub based on all your most important needs. This two-part blog series will go over what a professional consultation can do for you, some of the areas a consultant will look at, and some other related details to consider.

Walk-In Tubs, Safety and Professional Consultation

While walk-in tubs may have several additional purposes, including comfort and aesthetics, their primary purpose is and has always been safety. Many people reach a physical stage where they cannot use normal bathing formats without risking slips, falls or other dangerous outcomes, and a walk-in tub is a primary tool to help limit these concerns without limiting bathing capability.

For those looking to truly maximize this element, a consultation with a professional in this field can do wonders. Your safety consultant will examine a wide range of different areas, from the construction of your home and space-related concerns to the bathing preferences of anyone who will be using the tub regularly. Through this assessment, you’ll gain a better understanding of exactly what you need and which of our tub options will be best for you.

Layout Considerations

One of the first things your safety consultant will examine in the home will be its general layout and space considerations. This begins well outside the bathroom itself – the consultant will look at the front door first to ensure it’s wide enough to fit a given tub format, for starters.

From here, they’ll examine any barriers or obstacles that might make installing the tub tougher, such as narrow openings, staircases or others. The goal is to ensure that the entire home is conducive to safety, not just the bathroom.

Bathroom and Plumbing Setup

Next up, the consultant will get to work on the bathroom itself. They’ll look at a few important elements here:

  • Door direction: Does the door swing outward or inward? This may need to be modified if it interferes with the optimal pathway to the tub, especially if any potential user of the tub is in a wheelchair.
  • Door width: Like with the front door, the consultant has to confirm the tub you choose will fit.
  • Fixture and plumbing setup: Also assessed will be any plumbing pipes and fixtures currently present, and whether these are conducive to a new tub installation. They’ll ensure the toilet doesn’t block door access and that the entire tub can be set up efficiently and without any space concerns.

For more on what an in-home safety consultation can do for you, or to learn about any of our walk-in tub options, speak to the staff at Heavenly Walk-In Tubs today.