The Benefits Of A Walk In Bath

Benefits of a walk in bath

With the cost of buying and installing a walk-in bathtub bordering ridiculous amounts, many people wonder if it’s really worth it to have one. The fact is that regular bathtubs and showerheads are affordable and easily available even in the supermarket around the corner. 

Agecare is the UK’s leading experts for walk-in baths. Be sure to contact our specialists for any further information on walk-in baths, as well as the endless benefits available for utilisation.

How Walk-In Bath Installation Can Aid You

Added safety

A walk-in bathtub provides added safety to any bathroom. With a traditional tub, it takes a pretty big step into a slippery area to get into the tub, but this is taken care of with a walk-in model. Often, walk-in tubs are non-slip, and the wall of the tub can be opened easily, and sealed when closed, so a very small step is all that’s necessary to get right in. The seat located in the walk-in tub allows you to sit down and wash with ease, so slipping is never a big concern.

Pain management 

Unlike a standard tub, the seat in a walk-in tub also allows for better pain management. Pain conditions such as arthritis, past injuries, and those caused by ageing can make standing in a shower or getting in and out of a regular tub difficult, and the seat gives you a simple way to soak your pain away. Warm water is a tried, tested, and proven combatant of pain and your baths can be even more pain-relieving in a walk-in tub.

Added relaxation 

With jets, you can think of your walk-in tub as your own personal whirlpool, and they can provide added relaxation during your bath time. Stress can be a big bully to your general health, and relieving stress is part of living well. Sitting in your walk-in tub and allowing the jets to do all the work can give you just what you need to lower your blood pressure and keep stress at bay.

Independence

When people get really old or sick, the only thing they have to hold on to is their dignity. A walk-in bath is designed to provide the user with the freedom to enter on their own without help. People with mobility issues and illnesses don’t have to be lifted up and get embarrassed as their peers and kids try to wash them.

Safety

The number of people who fall in bathrooms and get injured while showering is simply staggering. Walk-in bathtubs are designed for optimum safety with non-skid floors, safety grab rails, safe seat and a door seal to keep the water in. The chances of someone falling in a walk-in tub are very slim if it’s even possible.

General Health Benefits

A walk-in tub has many jets that force water to go to and fro from all sides. As that happens, the water helps you to heal from pain, fatigue, aching muscles, tension, swelling, injuries and other issues. The forceful water helps to improve blood circulation and immunity so you have better overall health. Apart from all the health and physical benefits, you will reap from a walk-in tub, you also add value to the home. Walk-in tubs are the future and every house that has one will be highly sought after.

The Difference Between Level Access & Walk In Shower Trays

Level access & walk in showers

With several possible reasons as to why to carry out an adaption of the home, ill health, lack of mobility, age-related issues, etc., there can be as many solutions to how best carry out these adaptions, all of which will be bespoke to the requirements of the user and their home.

Bathroom adaptions are no exception to this rule.

The Importance Of Bathroom Modifications

There are several reasons why a bathroom would require an adaption with the lack of or reduced mobility coming out on top. The bath itself can prove to be the most limiting, for regular everyday use and can often see the user relying on the help of a family member or carer.

Typical conditions include.

  • Safely accessing the bath with difficultly getting legs in and out,
  • Being unsteady when stood in the bath area with a slippery base
  • Difficulty with operating the taps from having less grip
  • The limited room when using a walking frame or wheelchair

There are several products on the market to aid with safe, independent, regular use of a bath -bath lifts, bath pillows, hoist and rails, etc.- but many people choose the more straightforward, stylish, and modern looking Walk-in Shower adaption.

Modern, Walk-in Shower rooms are safe, look good in any home, and are suitable for the whole family.

Level Accessed Vs Walk In Shower Rooms

Walk-In Showers

There are numerous options and layouts when deciding on adapting the bathroom to a walk-in shower room, two types of shower tray installation form the basis of the new adaption.

The first is the low-level, walk-in shower. Similar to a regular shower cubicle, the tray is visible and will require the user to step into and onto the showering area. The shower tray tends to take more of the floor area and is much lower than a regular shower cubicle. Measurements are typically a shower tray that covers the floor area to a similar size where the old bath occupied and a step that is usually lower than 100mm or 4 inches.

Level Access Showers

The alternative to the low-level shower is the level accessed, walk-in shower room. This type of adaption incorporates the shower tray and floor as one, with no height difference between the floor levels. The end-user has an ultra-modern looking, step-free, and safe bathing experience that offers independent showering that can be also be used by the rest of the family.

As with the low-level, the level accessed shower tray can be installed in bathrooms on every storey and is suitable for timber and concrete floors. Because the shower tray is installed flush with the existing flooring, there may be extra labour involved to gain the extra depth, but this is not always the case. Additional works may also be required to achieve the gradient to have an adequate fall for a gravity wastewater pipe.

Your Choice For Your Needs

The low-level and level access shower room adaptions both offer great benefits on having just a regular bath and will give the end-users these advantages:

  • Independent showering. A carer or family member for assistance showering is not required.
  • It reduces the risk of slips and falls with the flush or low threshold step into the showering area.
  • If required additionally, both types of shower rooms can be installed with various shower seating and grab rails.
  • No stiff or leaking taps.
  • Easier to clean and maintain.
  • It maximises the use of the full bathroom space.
  • Some installations can have an ultra-modern and attractive look.

To learn more about wetrooms and other disabled shower functionalities, contact Agecare, the UK’s leading specialists in mobility bathrooms. Our team will talk you through the differences of each service and how they may serve and aid with your needs.

Installation Process Of A Level Access Shower

installation of a level access shower

When fitting an inclusive showering area, installers are keen to recognise the relevant design elements and understand how they will benefit the user. Specialist installer and founder of the modern-day wetrooms Agecare takes a closer look at the choices available when creating inclusive showering solutions in domestic bathrooms.

This article by Age Care will provide some insight into the essentials for level access showers, as well as how certain aspects can promote independence for users. For further inquiries about level access showers, be sure to contact our highly knowledgable team. Our team will be more than happy to assist you with any questions.

Inclusive Level Access Shower

The design and style of a modern inclusive shower room can vary greatly to cater to the needs of a variety of users, including those with diverse levels of mobility. Some heavy-need inclusive adaptations are installed to address the specific requirements of a particular user who is elderly or disabled and can appear somewhat institutional in style. Increasingly, bathroom installations and refurbishments are considered with the idea of future-proofing in mind; incorporating an element of flexibility into the design, but keeping the outward appearance modern.

Bath Replacement & Low-Level Shower Trays

Removal of a bath frees-up floor space, and offers greater ease of access to an elderly or disabled user. Low-level shower trays ensure that users with limited mobility can enter and exit a showering area safely and comfortably. In situations where installation of a wetroom is not possible, users with reduced mobility and disabled users in wheelchairs can opt for an ultra-slim shower tray.

Though this type of service may sound impactful, with the bath removal function, be rest assured that this process can be highly beneficial, depending on the demographic of the client. Certain disabilities and mobility impairments can halt bath usage as a whole, with restrictions to accessing and exiting the bath. Therefore, the removal of a bathtub can free up a large amount of space, helpful for the installation of a level access shower.

Shower Screening

Some installations require a glass screen, to minimise splash to other parts of the bathroom. From luxury, full-height glass screens to free-standing half-height options, a variety of shower doors and screens are available which are compatible with both shower tray and wetroom installations and can offer varying degrees of support for less-mobile users and their carers.

If a glass screen is going to be used, choose thick, toughened safety glass. Screens which include a floor to ceiling support pole can offer added user stability. Agecare’s glass shower panels are contemporary and attractive; providing practical support and ease of entry, compatible for use in a wetroom or with a shower tray.

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