Is it Time for a walk-In Bathtub?
If you or a loved one are dealing with limited mobility, you might be considering an easy-access bathtub to reduce the risk of slips and falls or difficulty while bathing. This is a major decision because it is about improving the quality of life. There are emotional and practical considerations that must be taken.
If you’re not sure whether or not a handicap accessible tub is right for you, there are some considerations outlined below that may help you.
Handicap Accessible Tub Considerations.
The most obvious advantage to installing a walk-in tub is that the worry of slipping and falling is significantly reduced. Walk-in tubs have a cutout on the side that makes it easy to get in and out of the tub. A side door can be made available that makes it easy to take a regular bath. There are many options that are available to make bathing as safe as possible.
Other considerations include:
- Comfort – The design is very accessible, making bathing easier for those with mobility issues. Even lowering into the tub can be made easier. When dealing with aching joints and other issues, comfort is extremely important.
- Value – Walk-in tubs don’t necessarily increase the value of the home, but the value lies in the medical cost savings achieved by avoiding accidents.
- Dignity – Preserving independence preserves dignity. Not being able to bathe independently can take an emotional and mental toll on a person. It can interfere with the daily routine. With a walk-in tub, dignity is preserved because personal independence is preserved.
- Ease of use – Handicap accessibility makes the tub much easier to use than it would be otherwise. Unfortunately, some with mobility issues are unable to use their tubs at all because they simply can’t step over the side, even if the tub is a low profile tub.
Keep Your Independence
If anything, being able to remain independent is a great advantage. It ranks up there with safety. Everyone wants their privacy and the ability to carry out basic tasks on their own. A lead-in tub will make that happen.
Walk-in tubs are also easy to maintain, especially Cleancut because it involves the existing tub being converted into a lead-in tub. American Surface Restoration installs Cleancut so you don’t have to purchase an entirely new tub. Handicap accessible tubs can be very expensive, but Cleancut is a small fraction of the cost so that everyone throughout Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the Twin Cities can have the handicap accessibility needed to make bathing much safer and private.