There are some misconceptions about walk-in bath tubs. They are generally associated with the elderly and infirm, with notions of ugly, plastic medical devices. Therefore there are many people that may assume that these walk-in tubs won’t really suit a standard bathroom. Some may see the purchase as a giving in to their age or disability. This isn’t the case at all. As you will see below, walk-in baths can be stylish, comfortable units that fit into a variety of bathroom suites. Seniors can upgrade to these models when they find it difficult to climb into a tub, or lie down in one. Younger handicapped users can appreciate the ease of use and look as they adapt their bathroom to their needs. Disabled veterans can also enjoy the opportunity for therapeutic bathing sessions – with the right tools.
The most important feature to look at here is arguably the means of entry. Can elders step in and out of the bath with as much ease as they would like? Also, is the door secure with a good seal? Then there are all of the additional features for the comfort and benefit of the user. The bath needs to be comfortable, even for those with disabilities. This means looking at features such as seats and padded areas. Then there are the potential therapeutic properties of these walk in tubs – jets, hydrotherapy and lighting can all help. The following bath tubs are all great example of products designed to meet the different needs of users.
Walk In Tubs for Elders and People With Mobility Issues
1. Ella Lay Down Long Soaking Whirlpool Walk-In Tub
Many people turn to these walk-in tubs as a way of staying independent as they get older. Some seniors won’t want to give up the comforts they have come to enjoy, or the bathroom they have lived with for many years. This is where many elderly homeowners need an adapted walk in bathtub with a door that suits their home. There are many of these alternative bath tubs that wouldn’t look out of place in many bathrooms. The look and shape of the bath is usually comparable to that of their normal bath. The main difference is that there is that a new means of entry.
This walk-in whirlpool tub from Ella’s Bubbles is a great example of that. An aerial view of the tub would show a similar style and dimension to most bathtub. It is a rectangular model with a basin length of 52’’ a width of nearly 25’’ and a depth of 22 inches. This means that users should be able to recline and soak in the water just as normal. The main difference is clear from the side view, where we see that door way. The door is a good size with a low threshold. This means that less able homeowners should be able to step in and out without much trouble. This is a fibreglass model with minimal features for the water, but a number of additional safety elements to aid peace of mind. There is a built in grab handle so users can steady themselves and a non-slip coating on the floor.
2. E-Series Air Massage 60 in. x 30 in. Walk In Tub
These full length tubs are great for those that still have the mobility to lie down and get comfort in this manner. However, there will be many seniors that understand that this isn’t really within their means anymore. This means finding the ideal bath tub for independent living with a few additional modifications. This E-series bath is another model that will fit into a current bathroom suite with ease, and add a little bit of convenience to those that don’t want to give up their personal freedom. The main difference here is that there is a seated area on the left hand side. Thus is molded into the shape of the basin and provides a comfortable place to sit and soak in the water. Otherwise, it is up to users to choose fill the tub and choose the temperature.
Like the model above, there is that secure door with another low threshold, as well as additional safety features in the hand rail and texture of the surface. Another feature worth mentioning with this massage tub is the use of the therapeutic air jet massage system. There are other walk-in tubs for disabled people with therapeutic benefits. We will cover some of those later. This one has a decent number of jets, at 18, but doesn’t have some of the additional features of the tubs below. We can see how the others provide greater therapy solutions later.
3. Empava 53” White Walk-in Bathtub With Right Side Drain EMPV-WIT373
Style is important with these walk-in tubs for elders. There may be many bathtubs and models available that just look like a white box with a door and some faucets. This is fine in some situations where assistance and mobility are the only priorities. However, there are many people that will be put off by anything that automatically looks like a device for the elderly. There are many companies that mean well with their designs, and have great features. Yet, these baths would suit a more stylish suite in the home of younger handicapped people. There are amputees and disabled veterans – among others – that would like a tub better suited to their needs.
This Empava model is a good looking tub with the curved shapes to the door and basin, as well as the paneling effect on the side. There is a black padded neck rest for cushioning and a series of simple metal handrails across the bath. This metal look matches in with the shower-style faucet and controls on the left hand side. Again, this doesn’t look too much like a disabled bath tub or a medical device. The impact of the bath does become clearer during its use. The main selling point is that large door that is extra wide for ease of use and has a low step. In fact, it is said to be 20% wider than most other walk-in baths. This is perfect for all those that are a little wider and feel restricted in other tubs. Users can sit down, get comfortable against that cushioned back, let the water fill up at the right temperature and relax for a while.
4. Spa World Venzi Vz3060silws Rectangular Soaking Walk-In Bathtub
This Spa World Venzi model is another one that should provide enough comfort and security to users, without compromising too much on style. There is a nice minimalist look to this model. This rectangular unit has a box shape that is designed to slot into raised areas of the bathroom. It should sit flush against the counter and surfaces in the bathroom for those clean lines and the sense that the tub has always been there. This also allows for plenty of room either side for toiletries and medical equipment as required. The water enters the bath from the left hand side, rather than a faucet on the top. This means that the bath should be easy to use and set up. But, it also adds to the clean lines and overall aesthetic appeal of the product.
Once again, this tub has a large door with a low threshold so it is easy for users to step in and out. It is also quite a large capacity, which is surprising when looking at some sale photos. It measures 30 by 60 inches. Finally, Spa World are keen to point out the use of high grade materials for a tougher, more reliable walk in tub. This is perhaps targeted more at the children of seniors than the seniors themselves. They are the ones choosing and installing the tubs, and the ones that need the assurance that they have made the perfect choice for their elderly mother or father.
5. Ellas Bubbles Deluxe Massage Whirlpool Walk In Tub Door
Then there are the walk in tubs that are designed to be a little more therapeutic for elderly users with medical needs. The previous tubs focused on providing a familiar bathing experience in a strong tub with a great entry solution. Here the models go a little further to ensure that users have everything that they need to ease aches and pains. The best therapeutic walk-in baths have spa-style systems with bubbles and other features to heat and stimulate the water. This can help people with joint issues, as well as provide a form of pain management. These tool can be a great option for disabled veterans that are dealing with some ongoing problems after their service.
This Ellas Bubbles walk-in tub for seniors is a great example of what can be achieved in a fairly normal tub for the home. There is the trademark use of use acrylic for a clean look and strong construction. There is also a good sized door – this time with tempered glass for an alternative style – and an effective drainage system. The difference comes with the features added for therapy and improved health. The starting point here is the use of the air and hydro massage jets with their thermostatic controls. This gives users the chance to adjust the session to their needs and enjoy great relief for a variety of conditions. And added bonus here is the use of LED lighting in multiple colors. This chromotherapy can help to ease the mood of users and reduce that clinical white feeling in the tub.
6. Ella O2SA3260HH-HB-R Tub4Two Acrylic Hydro Massage+Heated Seat Walk-in Tub Jacuzzi
This Ella model is another that really considers the therapeutic impact of these walk-in tubs on elders. There are many of the typical features here. There is a strong build in a white color with a good depth and a secure door for ease of entry. There is a heated seat to the side so users with mobility issues don’t have to lie down in the bath if they are not able to. Then there are all the jet for the hydro massage Jacuzzi sensation. There are 22 in all dotted around the tub for a great effect. It should be a comfortable, enjoyable experience where users look forward to a spot of therapy in their own home.
It should also be noted with this Ella model that there are five different configurations to choose from. This choice gives homeowners and carers the chance to find the model that absolutely ideal for the user’s needs. The most basic is the walk-in tub with the fast fill faucet and right hand side door. Then there are a couple of models that add in that heated seat mentioned above. This could be appealing to those with temperature control issues and pain management needs. There is also the choice here of a left or right sided door to better suit the space. Then there are two models with a thermo faucet rather than a fast fill faucet. One of these has the heated seat and the other doesn’t.
7. Ariel EZWT-3060-DUAL-L Dual 6 Whirlpool and 18 Air Jet Series Walk-In-Bathtub
This final model is one that brings together all of the key benefits and needs that we have dealt with so far in this guide. There are three key factors here for different demographic. The tub needs lo look good, be easy enough to use for independent living and provide relief for pain and disability. First of all these is the simplicity in the design and the way that this tub should fit into many homes with ease. This has many elements to the shape and style that immediately make it look fairly normal. Users can lie down in this spacious 30×60 tub and set their desired temperature from the faucets on the side. So far, this is a pretty standard approach for independent living in an attractive model for handicapped users.
Still, there is that all important secure door on the side so that users can step in easily. The design is also quite appealing and minimalist. There are some nice lines and shapes within the fake paneling on the side, the curve of the door and the neck rest at the back. There are still plenty of safety features here so elderly and disabled users should be able to bathe with peace of mind. The fiberglass tub has a textured surface for a better grip, as well as a built-in safety rail. Finally, there are also the therapeutic elements in the use of 18 whirlpool jets and the heated elements.