For caregivers of elderly people and those with mobility issues, the need to come up with safety solutions is a constant one. And, it should probably go without saying that maintaining safety in the bathroom is of paramount importance. In past blogs, we’ve regularly highlighted the importance of bathroom safety considering how slippery the surfaces are in that room. As a result, most caregivers regularly ask themselves about how to safeguard their bathrooms.
How can I ensure that Mom doesn’t slip in the shower? What can I do to make it easier for Dad to get into the bathtub? In many cases, those who see themselves as bathroom safety experts will recommend walk-in tubs. At first thought, a walk-in tub may seem like an excellent solution. Its purpose is to eliminate the need to climb over the side of the tub, thus helping its user to maintain his/her balance more easily.
A Walk-In Tub Is Designed with a Door That Allows Users to Walk into the Tub
When a person enters the tub, he/she is required to shut the door tightly so that the tub can be filled with water. This, however, presents a problem for most walk-in tub users. They are required to sit there, in the tub, as it fills with water. Naturally, you can’t open a walk-in tub’s door when it is filled. The inevitable result is a chilly waiting experience.
On AngiesList.com, Jason Hargraves highlights this major disadvantage of walk-in tubs. “You must enter the tub and shut the door before turning on the water,” he affirms, “Besides becoming impatient (and maybe chilly) while the tub fills, you could have difficulty getting the right water temperature. Waiting for the bath to drain before you exit is another factor to consider.”
A Step into the Tub Is Still Required
As mentioned, walk-in tubs are designed to eliminate the large step needed to enter traditional bathtubs. However, it’s important to note that walk-in tubs still have a small step to overcome. For those with very limited mobility, this can present a problem. HomeSmart president, Susan Luxenberg admits that this, in addition to having to wait until the water drains from the tub before getting out, can make a walk-in tub a less-than-desirable option.
“Walk in tubs are also not flush to the bathroom floor so while they only present a small step, there still is a need to step over a small threshold in order to enter the tub,” she explains on the company website, “The big negative to a walk in tub is that you can’t get out of the tub until all the water drains out. So if this is the option you choose, I’d suggest also installing a heat lamp above the tub to take the chill off while waiting for the tub to drain.”
Shower Bay Never Leaves You out in the Cold
At Forward Day, we’re very proud of the bathing solution offered by our Shower Bay portable showers. Unlike walk-in tubs, they enable shower wheelchair users to roll in and out of the shower – no steps needed. Furthermore, there is no need to wait for the filling of a tub as Shower Bay provides a full shower experience with running water. As a result, users are never compromised into chilly waiting positions!