What are the Advantages of a Shower vs Walk-In Tubs?

Showers Prevent You from Getting Cold While Waiting for a Tub to Fill and DrainWhen a mobility issue prevents an individual from being able to comfortably perform their activities of daily living, it can be as deflating to his or her emotional state as much as it is to his or her physical strength. In our last blog, we discussed the fact that bathing – one of those all-important everyday tasks – becomes one of the most difficult activities to perform when mobility is hindered. We also noted that some of the suggested mobility solutions tended to present more problems than they do actual solutions.

The sponge bath, as we pointed out, eliminate privacy and just don’t give the type of thorough and refreshing clean that a shower with running water can provide. As a result, walk-in tubs are often recommended for seniors and those who have difficulty with walking. Walk-in tubs, however, don’t exactly address many of the problems had by those with mobility issues. That’s why there are many advantages of showers with running water over walk-in tubs.

Here are three:

1. Showers Prevent You from Getting Cold While Waiting for a Tub to Fill and DrainShowers Prevent You from Getting Cold While Waiting for a Tub to Fill and Drain

One of the most glaring disadvantages of a walk-in tub is that a user must enter it and shut the door before turning on the water. This means that he or she must sit there and wait for the tub to fill. This can be incredibly inconvenient if it takes time to:

  1. Get the water to be the right temperature and
  2. Get the water to fill the tub to avoid being cold.

Naturally, waiting for the bath to drain also presents a user with the potential for getting chilly. One must sit there dripping wet while the tub drains before he or she can open the door and exit. That’s not exactly a comfortable situation. Occupational therapist and founder of HomeAbility.com pointed out that the process to both fill and drain a walk-in tub can take up to ten minutes each! She goes so far as to suggest that buying a walk-in tub could be your “biggest mistake.”

2. Showers Allow You to Submerge in Water for a Complete Clean

Showers Allow You to Submerge in Water for a Complete Clean

Arguably, walk-in bathtubs should be renamed “sit-in bathtubs.” This is because that is precisely what a user must do while bathing. However, sitting upright in a bathtub isn’t exactly the same as being relaxed and reclined the way one would be when lying down in a traditional bathtub. More importantly, traditional bathtubs allow users to submerge themselves in water.

The ability to have water cleanse your entire body is also a great benefit of a shower with running water. However, as Bonecutter mentions, with walk-in tubs, “if you are of an average or above-average height, there is a good chance that only the lower half of your body will be fully submerged. So if you are envisioning warm water soothing your aching back, neck and shoulders, you are likely to be left feeling sorely disappointed.”

3. Showers are Safer for Individuals Who Are Unable to Walk

Showers Are Safer for Individuals Who Are Unable to Walk

By their very name, in fact walk-in tubs imply that a user can adequately walk. Bonecutter notes that “in fact, you need to be able to walk fairly steadily, as many walk-in tubs still have a step
you must raise your feet over, a narrow doorway to pass through, and a door to contend with while you’re entering and exiting. If you are someone who relies on a walker for stability, then this is likely to be more stepping and maneuvering than you will feel safe and comfortable doing.”

If you are a wheelchair user, you will also run into issues with the walk-in tub. There is no access for you to stay safely seated in your wheelchair and roll in. You will be forced to do a scary and risky step from your wheelchair to the walk-in tub. This can become even more dangerous transferring out of the walk-in tub because the tub will be wet and slippery and increase the chances for a slip or fall.

Why Our Customers Love Their Shower Bay?

At Forward Day , we’ve learned that one of the primary reasons our customers love their Shower Bay portable shower is because of the full and refreshing cleans they are able to provide. Unlike walk-in tubs, the Shower Bay offers a thorough showering experience while ensuring added safety. Users avoid the risk of slips and falls as they are able to wheel their shower wheelchairs directly in and out of the portable showers. Of course, the Shower Bay prevents any long waiting for warm water as well.

We’re happy to offer you the freedom from the discomforts associated with walk-in tubs. If you have any questions about how our Shower Bay portable showers can assist you with that, please don’t hesitate to contact us to ask them. Give us a call at 1-877-593-4461 or email us at info@showerbay.com.

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Russell Simpkins

3 Comments

  1. Avatar for Derek McDoogle Derek McDoogle on September 17, 2017 at 8:14 am

    I think it’s smart that you talked about the fact that showers are safer for those that can’t walk than tubs are. I will have to let me grandma know about this when I call her this week. She’s been thinking about getting one installed in her home soon. She will be happy to know that she has some more options available to her.

    • Avatar for Russell Simpkins Russell Simpkins on September 19, 2017 at 2:24 pm

      Derek,
      Thank you for commenting. Yes the Walk-in tubs can be nice and relaxing but just like any solution there are trade-offs, especially if mobility becomes compromised and the can no longer use it. The Shower Bay is a great option that people can walk in or use it will a shower wheelchair. That way they can do the transfer to a shower wheelchair where they feel most secure and confident, then just roll into the shower and really enjoy it instead of being nervous about a wet environment dangerous transfer.

  2. Avatar for Ashley Johnson Ashley Johnson on June 10, 2019 at 6:19 am

    I liked that you explained that one benefit of having a walk-in shower installed dis to help prevent you from getting cold while waiting for a bathtub to fill up or drain. I would imagine that after getting out of a hot shower, you wouldn’t want to get cold waiting for the bathtub to drain of the water. I would consider hiring a professional to install a walk-in shower so that I could avoid that problem.

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