What is a Walkin Bathtub?

Archive for October, 2011

What is a Walkin Bathtub?

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Accessible bathtubs are bathtubs that can be used by people with disabilities or with with limited mobility. 

Many accessible bathtubs are available with whirlpool or hydrotherapy features, internal grab rails, anti-slip floors and seats, and handheld shower heads that, in some cases, can also be wall mounted to enable a person to take a standing shower..
Walk-in bathtubs have a sealed door. Most walk-in bathtubs also have a chair-height seat, but some, which are the same basic configuration as a standard bathtub, do not have any seat. In some instances an inward-opening door may be considered a disadvantage because emergency access is impossible, since the pressure of the water on the door is holding it closed.However, the advantage is that an inward opening door is “self-sealing” due to the pressure of the water inside the bath assisting in maintaining a water-tight seal..Outward-swinging doors are equipped with a special seal so that they will not leak. Other tubs have side walls that raise and lower, while others have doors that slide into the wall of the tub.
Some bathtubs categorized as “walk-in” actually require a low step-in, as they have higher seats and outward-opening doors that enable a person to simply sit on the seat and pivot and swing his or her legs into the tub. This type of walk-in bathtub can be helpful to those confined to wheelchairs and to others with mobility challenges.
Walk-in tubs take up a similar amount of space in a bathroom as a traditional bathtub. This allows for a quicker installation and simpler alignment of the water drains.

Our tips when washing, bathing and using the toilet becomes a problem

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

As we all get older the loss of mobility and balance can make it harder to bathe,  wash and toilet is a  normal bathroom. If you are experiencing this then  there is a range of aids and adaptations that may be some help.

There are a number of different bath lifts available which help getting in and out of the bath easier. These usually consist of a seat or platform that can be raised or lowered to support your weight as you get in and out and allow you to sit in the bath to wash.

Another option is a walk in bath which is a bath with a door that means you can enter it without climbing over the top.

Another option which is becoming more common is to remove the bath completely Depending on and have a wetroom installed or a level access shower. Often have a wall-attached seat to assist those who cannot stand for long periods.

Toilets can also be raised to help those who find it difficult to raise and lower themselves. There are also hands free toilets available that include a washing and drying function.

Other items in the bathroom can also be tailored to meet your needs. A wall-mounted sink may allow you to get closer and wash more comfortably if you are a wheelchair user. This and other facilities can be set at the right height for someone who is in a wheelchair or using a mobile shower seat.

In many houses, toilets are sited in small, narrow rooms, which can be inaccessible. It may be necessary to move the toilet or create one toilet /bathroom with enough space for you to move around safely and comfortably.