When we take a bath or shower, we always want to have peace of mind that we are as safe as can be – it has to be a given! But if you or someone you love has mobility issues, the mere act of taking a bath can become cumbersome – not to mention unsafe. However, there is a solution, and this solution has helped a significant number of people regain their safety (and dignity) whilst performing such an essential function. We’re referring to the walk-in bath, of course, and walk-in baths have become a necessary bathroom element for those facing mobility challenges. But whilst walk-in baths are considered safer in general than standard baths, some come with more features that make them a wholly worthwhile investment. Following are the top features you should look for when selecting a walk-in bath.
- A good door design
The walk-in bath will always come with easy access, and users could walk into the tub without having to step over a high threshold, unlike with a regular bath. But whilst doors will already be a standard with walk-in baths, you may want to have a door that swings inwards rather than outwards. With this, you can more conveniently enter the bath and save on available space in your bathroom as well.
Most walk-in baths will also have low thresholds, but you should also look for a bath with watertight seals for the door so you can avoid any leakage.
- Other features that enhance your safety and convenience
- Slip-resistant flooring
With slip-resistant flooring, you can have a more secure footing in the bath, but make sure that the slip-resistance feature works with both dry and wet conditions.
- A pop-up plug
Whilst this is also a standard with almost every walk-in bath, it’s good to be doubly sure of this feature. With a pop-up plug that you can operate with either your foot or hand, you can more easily empty the bath or fill the bath with water.
- Grab handles
Grab handles may be an optional feature, but it would be good if you could opt for it because it allows you to get in and out of the bath much more safely and quickly.
- Shower integration
Another feature you may want with your walk-in bath is a shower integration feature, which allows you to take a shower and a bath. With this feature, you can control the water in the shower/bath combo with the taps. If you want, you can also choose to have an adjustable spray and showerhead, where you can control the water according to the setting you want (power spray, full-body spray, or massage, for example).
When it comes to safety elements, you can choose to fit safety glass to the shower screen, and you may also want to have a shower hose that can extend to about two metres in length, so you are more comfortable whilst taking a shower. A hinged screen for the shower is also another good option to make the bath easier to get into and easier to clean.
You can also go for other features, such as whirlpool or air spa capabilities, underwater LED lighting, deeper soaking tubs, and even a walk-in bath complete with a lift.
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