If you have mobility impairment, it’s comforting to know that a wide variety of handicap bathtubs are available that enable you to bathe yourself with limited to no assistance necessary.
A handicap tub featuring technology that allows you to safely and privately enter and exit makes bathing a safe, private, even enjoyable experience, while a professional tub consultant can help you decide which tub designs and capabilities are best for your situation.
Walk-in tub with lift
Bath lift tubs offer a comfortable and efficient way to accomplish independent bathing from a seated or full-length position.
With this design you step into the tub, sit down on a slip-resistant seat, and close the door. Once the tub is filled with water you simply press a button and the lift slowly lowers into the water.
To leave, you press the button again once the water has drained, and the lift will elevate you so that you can easily and safely stand up and exit the tub.
Lift-chair handicap tubs
Lift-chair handicap tubs empower individuals with very limited mobility to bathe independently and comfortably.
This tub design features a remote control operated slip-resistant lift chair that allows you to transfer from a wheelchair or walker to the chair positioned on the outside of the tub. Once on the lift-chair, you use the remote control to swivel into the tub and lower. The chair swivels out again when bathing is complete.
Life-chairs can come with an optional leg rest and can be adjusted according to your height so that you enjoy the safest, most comfortable bathing experience possible. For good measure, many designs feature soothing and stimulating spa jets.
Walk in tubs
Depending on your level of mobility, a standard walk in tub could be the right option for you. Walk in tubs are handicap tubs that remove the need to step into a bath tub and bend down. Instead you simply walk in and sit on the seat. See our list of the best walk in tubs here.
If you are in a wheelchair then there are wheelchair-accessible walk in tubs that open outward to fully open the handicap bathtub seat so you can simply slide into the tub.
Walk in tubs offer a wide range of luxurious bathing options like massage jets, chromatherapy lights and even aromatherapy.
Recent innovations mean a lot of past problems with walk in tubs have been ironed out. For instance, the time it takes to drain a walk in tub is an important consideration as you cannot get out and dry off untul the bath has drained.
Nevertheless walk in tubs are expensive and may not be the right handicap bathtub for you. This article gives you just some of the handicap bathtub options available. Depending on your level of mobility don’t forget about simple solutions like bathtub grab bars and shower transfer benches.
Expert handicap tub assistance available
Every individual’s situation is different, which is why it’s best to seek the advice of a qualified bath specialist when choosing the handicapped tub that is best suited for your specific physical limitations and your particular home environment.
Maintaining privacy and dignity while staying safe are the founding principles behind the advent of walk-in bathtubs and showers. From custom to prefabricated, walk-in or a slip-resistant seat lift, exploring all your options with a qualified expert is a great first step to preserving your independence.