This year, International Seniors Day falls on Sunday, October 1.
(Actually, homeowners of all ages and walks of life are interested in walk-in bathtubs).
If you’ve been thinking about getting a walk-in tub, chances are it’s a good idea.
However, there are some instances where a walk-in tub may not be quite right for you (at least, not yet).
Pro: Easy, safe access in and out
As people age, their mobility and balance may diminish.
Which means stepping in-and-out of a slippery, high-walled bathtub isn’t quite as easy as it used to be.
A walk-in bathtub solves this issue with things like:
- Large, lightweight and easy-to-open door
- Minimal step between the floor of your bathroom and entrance to your walk-in tub
- Textured tub floor to prevent slips and falls
Almost everyone, at some point, has at least slipped (if not fell) while getting in and out of their bathtub.
When it comes to the pros and cons of walk-in tubs, the safety benefits cannot be overstated or underestimated.
Pro: The benefits of hydrotherapy right at home
Walk-in tubs do more than just provide a safe and comfortable bathing experience.
They can help loosen tight muscles and soothe sore joints, thanks to built-in hydrotherapy jets and pinpoint water control.
Regarding the pros and cons of walk-in tubs, there aren’t that many accessibility products that can compete with:
- High-powered water flow
- Pinpoint control over where hydrotherapy jets are directed
- Perfect heat and temperature settings (important for seniors with sensitive skin)
Using water to help with pain and discomfort has been put in practice since ancient Egypt.
However, conventional bathtubs can’t help with things like arthritis, fibromyalgia, and back pain.
Walk-in tubs can, though.
Pro: Incredibly easy to clean
Cleaning a porcelain or ceramic bathtub is never easy or fast.
You need to use harsh, smelly chemicals and spend a lot of time and effort to get them looking as shiny as possible.
A big part of the Bath Planet Process is using environmentally-friendly, easy-to-clean acrylic during its construction.
- All you need to clean acrylic is dish soap, vinegar or baking soda
- Acrylic is mold and mildew resistant (important for seniors with respiratory issues)
Equally important, an acrylic walk-in tub is designed and built to perfectly fit over your existing soaker tub.
That means two things:
- Water will not leak or get trapped between the bath wall surrounds and bath liners
- Installing the walk-in tub is fast, simple and can be done in just a day
The time, energy and products required for cleaning is something to consider when looking at the pros and cons of walk-in tubs.
Pro: Maintain bathing independence
Anyone, regardless of age, wants to be able to bathe in peace, comfort and safety.
That sentiment is even more important when it comes to seniors looking to stay at home as they get older.
Walk-in tubs are designed to keep the dignity, security and self-esteem of people who otherwise would have trouble getting in and out of a traditional bathtub.
A walk-in bathtub:
- Minimizes discomfort
- Allows people to get in and out of the tub when and as they wish
- Boosts confidence
- Eliminates embarrassment
- Increases privacy
After all, it’s much preferable to bathe on your own (if possible) than it is with extra assistance which really isn’t necessary.
Something to think about when noting the pros and cons of walk-in tubs.
Con: When a walk-in tub isn’t right for you
Although walk-in tubs add value, convenience and safety to your home, you may not be ready for a walk-in tub just yet.
Why is that? Well, it could be due to things like:
- Patience (or lack thereof): If you want to jump out of your tub ASAP (while the water is draining), a walk-in tub isn’t for you. That’s because the water has to fully drain first before you can open the access door.
- Bathing assistance: Walk-in tubs are deeper than a replacement bath tub. While that’s great for the person inside the tub, anyone outside (such as a support worker or therapist) will have a hard time reaching in or helping out.
- Ability to shower: Your current bathtub may have a showerhead installed too. A walk-in tub does create a pleasurable, calming bathing experience. But if you want to have a quick shower, a walk-in tub will not allow it.
If you’ve been looking at the pros and cons of a walk-in tub and decide it’s not right for you, that’s okay.
Because perhaps one day, it will be.
Learn more about our walk-in tubs
And they can do the same for you.
To start, you can book a FREE in-home consultation with our design expert.
We’ll come to you, bring along product samples and discuss how a walk-in tub can benefit your home and lifestyle.
Plus, you can contact us with your questions about walk-in tubs. We’ll get back to you ASAP with the information and answers you need.