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5 Ways Walk-in Tubs Improve Bathroom Safety for Older Adults

For those who have physical limitations, including older adults, getting into a bathtub to clean themselves can be a dangerous and labor-intensive task. Fortunately, walk-in tubs make bathing both safer and more comfortable. How do these special types of step-in tubs improve bathroom safety? There are core features that many older adults enjoy as they live independently in their own homes. 

Built-in Seats

When taking a shower, it can be difficult for some individuals to stand for long periods of time. Walk-in tubs have built-in seats that allow the user to sit down whenever they need to. The water stream from the shower head is strong enough to reach them, making bathing easy as they remain seated the entire time. Adults can even soak in warm water for extended periods, which has been shown to have many mental and physical benefits. 

These seats are also ADA compliant! 

Grab Bars

A lot of people find that getting in and out of a bathtub can be extremely challenging. Even after having a walk-in tub installed, some individuals may still have fears that they will fall or slip during their shower. Fortunately, walk-in tubs have grab bars that can handle even an immense amount of pressure. These types of bars are mounted into place, and the user won’t have to worry about the bar moving or becoming detached from the wall when they grab onto it to steady themselves. This will give them the added peace of mind in knowing that if they do slip when they are trying to get in or out of the bathtub, the grab bar is there to help prevent a fall. 

Lower Entry Thresholds

Individuals with mobility issues often can’t lift their legs high enough to get into a standard tub. Walk-in tubs have lower thresholds, and this can make it a lot easier for those with physical impairments to get in and out of a bathtub. For those who use a wheelchair to get around and require someone to pick them up and put them in the bathtub, they will find that their caregiver has an easier time getting them over the tub wall than they would with a traditional bathtub. 

Anti-slip Flooring

Even when the floor of a bathtub isn’t wet, it can still be very slippery and put the user at risk of falling. The flooring in a walk-in tub is designed with the user’s safety in mind and is made with anti-slip features. This will allow the user to easily move around the bathtub and not have to worry about slipping when they are trying to wash their hair or clean themselves. 

Stay Safe in Your Own Home

Whether you’re looking to maintain your independence and stay in your home or you’re concerned about a parent’s safety, a walk-in bathtub really is the best solution. At Independent Home, we make bathing easier, safer, and more comfortable for older adults across the country. Get in touch with us today to talk about how you can easily get a walk-in tub installed in as little as two weeks! 

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