In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the initial benefits and goals of an in-home safety consultation. This consultation, performed by a home and bathroom safety consultant, is one that allows those considering a walk-in tub for bathing safety to make the best possible choice.
At Heavenly Walk-In Tubs, we offer a range of portable walk-in bathtub options, including hydrotherapy components and several high-quality safety elements. For today’s part two, we’ll look at the specific bathing habits a safety consultant will go over with you while assisting you with tub selection, why certain other home professionals don’t necessarily provide the same kinds of services, and how you can make your final selection.
Along with considering spatial needs and basic plumbing connections and fixtures, your safety consultant will look into the bathing preferences and needs of everyone who will be using the walk-in tub once it’s installed. Their first question will likely be regarding whether the tub will only be used by a single individual with safety concerns, or whether other family members might be utilizing the tub as well.
From here, the consultant can get to work learning about bathing preferences – do those using the tub prefer soaking to showering? What if some people desire both? They’ll also consider accessibility issues like which direction the tub’s door will swing in and the entry format for those who use wheelchairs or walkers to move around.
One common question we get in this realm: Can’t I just use an interior designer or some other occupational therapist to help with these sorts of planning areas?
Technically the answer is yes, but we strongly recommend against it. While professionals like interior designers have wide ranges of expertise and are generally very good at their jobs, they are not directly experienced with bathroom construction and safety renovations that will apply to your specific situation. They may make recommendations that, rather than improving your safety features, just run up your costs and create space or configuration problems. You want someone with dedicated experience in the field of assessing and remodeling bathrooms and related spaces to be on your team.
Throughout this entire process, your in-home safety consultant will keep in mind important factors like your budget and the needs of anyone else living in the home in question. At its completion, you will have far more valuable information to make your walk-in tub selection than you would have before – and browsing our inventory with this knowledge in hand will make the selection process smoother and more beneficial for everyone involved.
For more on the value of an in-home safety consultation before purchasing a walk-in bathtub, or to learn about any of our walk-in tub choices, speak to the staff at Heavenly Walk-In Tubs today.