Choosing An Accessible Tub For Your Home

Smiling Elderly Woman in a Wheelchair

An Accessible Bathtub Can Provide for Greater Comfort and Freedom.

As a person ages or develops health problems, many everyday acts become progressively more difficult. Simple actions that we previously took for granted, such as stepping into a bathtub or shower, can become fraught with danger. The appliances, fixtures, and furniture in your home present many opportunities to benefit the world around you. The placement of solar panels, for example, or Energy Star appliance installation, can reduce carbon emissions. It’s common for people who actively seek to benefit the wider world to neglect their own needs. When the time comes for a new bathtub or shower, why not provide for your own comfort and safety with an accessible bathtub?

At Lone Star Walk In Tubs, LLC, we offer a variety of bathtub and shower solutions for the elderly and handicapped. In our experience, many people who could benefit from these items don’t even know they exist. This leads to further struggle with bathing, an everyday act that should represent a source of comfort, rather than frustration and physical injury. If you’ve begun to consider an accessible bathtub for your own home, you likely have many questions. We will do our best to address these, and also identify whether you can benefit from one of these installations. At Lone Star Walk In Tubs, LLC, we’re the leader for any requirement of an accessible bathtub in Frisco, TX. If you’d like to discuss your needs further, or place an order for a tub, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (972) 695-3027.

What Does Accessible Tub Mean?

An accessible bathtub is one designed to cater to the needs of the disabled or mobility impaired. In previous decades, an “accessible tub” would merely have hand grips or grab bars. An especially costly solution, the installation of a lift to lower and raise someone in the bath, would not have appeared feasible or affordable to many people in need. Today, however, there exist a wealth of options for an accessible tub, from senior walk-in tubs for the elderly, to tubs designed to accommodate a wheelchair. Generally speaking, an accessible tub is one designed to suit the needs of its owner. At Lone Star Walk In Tubs, LLC, we partner with every client to design a tub suitable to their needs and comfort.

Handicap Accessible Tubs and Showers

Individuals that struggle with impaired mobility can steadily see their freedoms disappear. Navigating the house can present a struggle, while running an errand alone can become downright impossible. With the development of handicap accessible tubs and showers, however, the freedom to provide for one’s cleanliness and comfort can become restored. Generally speaking, handicap accessible tubs and showers have either a door, or a low profile for easy, safe entry. They also contain ergonomic seats designed to permit the full enjoyment of a bath or shower, without the need to stand or lay in a prone position.

The Benefits of Wheelchair Accessible Tubs

Accessible Bathtub with a Grab Bar

Accessibility Options Include Handles, Walk-In Doors, and More.

Wheelchair accessible tubs provide for a great range of benefits. If you’ve thought about one of these installations, but didn’t feel like it was entirely necessary, consider the full range of benefits that a wheelchair accessible tub can provide.

  • Solution for Limited Mobility: Whether you rely on a wheelchair, or simply cannot step over the high threshold of conventional tubs, an accessible unit can make a key everyday task safer, easier, and more enjoyable.
  • Hydrotherapy: The design of a wheelchair accessible tub allows for full immersion. This creates the opportunity for hydrotherapy, a boon that many accessible tubs are specifically designed to provide.
  • Less Danger: A fall or slip is highly dangerous, especially in an environment with sharp edged countertops and hard, tile floors. These accidents are also costly, with the average price-tag of a hospital visit rising to $35,000 for a fall injury.
  • Stay Home: Many people with mobility impairments simply cannot live safely in their home environment. If you want to avoid an assisted living center, you can make your own home safer and more navigable through the installation of an accessible tub.
  • Improved Hygiene: Many people cope with the difficulty of bathing through avoidance. This can lead to hygienic problems that leave a person feeling even more pessimistic and isolated.
  • Future Investment: Even if you currently don’t need an accessible tub, the devices can provide improved comfort and benefits like hydrotherapy to anyone. They can also represent an investment in your own future, since you never know when mobility impairment may become your everyday reality.

Do You Need a Handicap Accessible Tub?

The question of “need” is loaded, as many people do not want to admit or acknowledge their limitations. Questions of need aside, handicap accessible tubs can provide a range of benefits for almost anyone. Of course, these benefits become more pronounced for individuals with mobility and other issues, including:

  • Reliance on a Wheelchair or Walker
  • Unsteadiness While Walking
  • Joint Problems
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Neurological Difficulties
  • Physical Injury
  • Vulnerability to Falls

Common Questions About Easy Access Tubs

Since the availability of easy access tubs is not always common knowledge, we run into a lot of questions and inquiries. If reading this leaves your own questions unresolved, don’t hesitate to call us at (972) 695-3027.

How Does a Walk In Bath Work?

Usually, a walk in tub comes with a door to allow easy, walk-in entry. This allows for entry without raising the knees, bending down, or supporting oneself by the arms to lower into a tub. The doors have special seals to prevent leaks, and drain rapidly to allow for a fast exit.

Do Walk in Tubs Have Showers?

Yes. In addition to its function as an immersion tub, walk ins can work as both a standing and seated shower. This simply requires the addition of a faucet kit with an extendable showerhead.

How Many Gallons of Water Does it Take to Fill Up an Accessible Bathtub?

A standard accessible bathtub holds about 50 gallons of water. Two-seat models can hold as much as 120 gallons, while a deep soaker tub demands around 80 gallons.

Are Walk In Tubs Worth It?

Obviously, the answer to this question changes for everyone. If you have decent mobility, no balance issues, and no history of falls, you may not desperately need an accessible bathtub; but you may certainly enjoy one, along with the ease it provides. If your alternative to a walk in tub is reliance upon another person’s aid, then you clearly need one. However, so long as your help is readily available, you can do without these devices. In terms of need, a walk in tub becomes much more necessary for someone with pronounced mobility issues, especially if they live alone or with a partner who also suffers from disability.

At Lone Star Walk In Tubs, LLC, we’re your local, expert provider of accessible tubs. We offer a large selection of models to choose from, including name-brand choices like American Standard, and tubs custom-designed for wheelchair access, low threshold showers, and more. To learn more about our company and products, or to discuss your walk in tub needs, give us a call today at (972) 695-3027.