3 Optional Features You Should Be Aware Of When Choosing A Walk-In Tub

If you or someone you care for has health, mobility or balance issues, remaining safe while bathing is often quite challenging. If you have assumed that the only safe way to get clean involves the use of a shower chair, emergency wall grips within the stall, and never actually taking a regular bath again without help, it is a good idea to consider the use of a walk-in tub. Therefore, below you will find three common and optional features you can choose to have included in your new walk-in tub.  

#1-Choosing A Door That Opens Outward

While the majority of walk-in bathtubs present with a door that opens into the tub, it is also possible to have a door that opens outward. That feature is particularly useful if the person or persons who will use the tub uses a walker or wheelchair to get around. It is also a good choice for anyone who is plus sized, as a door that opens inwardly will require more space within the unit, which could be problematic for a larger person.

#2-Upgrading From A Soaker Tub To A Therapeutic Model

It is important to note that the standard bathtub is similar in function to the standard tubs found in many homes. While it is impossible to deny that for many people, relaxing in a warm bath for a prolonged period of time is relaxing end enjoyable, you may find that upgrading to a therapeutic tub with jets adds to the comfort of the bath.

For instance, if the person who will use the tub experiences chronic pain or discomfort due to tight muscles, being able to aim a whirlpool or similar jet at the problem areas can help dramatically. In addition, there are different types of jets you can get in the tub, such as whirlpool and massage. Upon request, you can have both types of jets inside a therapeutic tub and therefore it is possible to customize the bathing experience to specific preferences.

#3-Opting For A Heated Seat

A heated seat is a good option for anyone who is uncomfortably cold while waiting in the tub while it fills with water. Since a walk-in tub requires the user to be in the unit while it fills, the heated seat is quite useful and popular. However, this feature is not appropriate for each user.

For instance, if the person using the tub has trouble differentiating comfortable temperatures or suffers from nerve damage, he or she might not be an ideal candidate for this feature. That is also true for diabetics, even though the heated seats are generally safe and at low risk for burns.

In conclusion, in recent years, many people with specific health, balance, or mobility issues have found that it is no longer necessary to avoid the pleasure and relaxation associated with the use of a bath tub. If you would like to enjoy a long, hot bath or you would like to provide that opportunity to someone you care for, it is a good idea to consider the optional add-ons you can get for the new walk-in tub. Contact a company like Twin City Stair Lifts to learn more.