Bathtubs are some of the biggest falling hazards and are riskier for elders. Most elders find it difficult to use regular bathtubs due to the slippery surface caused by the undrained water. Plus, climbing over the edges of these tubs can add to the risk. This is where walk-in tubs come in handy.
Accessible bathtubs or walk-in tubs have handles, anti-slip grips and “U” shaped doors so that one can walk into the tub without having to step over it.
Some of the most popular walk-in tubs for the elderly are:
Arista Walk in tub bathtub 2753
This walk-in tub is suitable for seniors who have mobility issues. It comes with 20 air massage therapy jets and 12 hydrotherapy jets, offering you therapeutic benefits. It also has a handheld shower and an inline electric heater. To make your bathing experience even more efficient, the Arista Walk-in bathtub 2753 has soft-touch water resistant control pads to automate water flow and temperature. However, these functions could also be tricky to use.
American Standard 30”x52” Whirlpool and Spa
The quick drain system in the American Standard walk-in tub is its biggest selling point. It promotes better circulation with its single-speed heated blower. The low threshold outward-opening door reduces the risk of tripping over and comes with a lifetime warranty. Additionally, it has a tub extender kit so it can be used in any standard sized bathroom.
Ariel Walk-in EZWT-3048 tub
This walk-in tub is popular for its durability as it uses reinforced fiberglass with a resin coating. It has a 1500W in-line water heater for a therapeutic bathing experience. Additionally, its large access panels are easy to maintain. However, the walk-in bathtub requires three 20A circuits for the in-line water heating, which may not be available in every household.
Bath2Tile E-Series walk-in tub
This bathtub’s biggest selling point is its price. It is most suitable for elders as it comes with a grab bar, which can help them move in and out of the tub with ease. It also has a jet massage system that is equipped with 18 jets, delivering soothe therapeutic massages. Moreover, the E-series tub is also compliant with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), which makes it the ideal tub. Lastly, it has a high gloss triple gel coat for a long-lasting finish. The only con, however, is that its seats are non-adjustable.
Ella’s Bubbles 60”x30” walk-in tub
The Ella’s Bubbles walk-in tub has an acrylic shell and steel frame which makes it quite durable. Its Dual Drain Technology lets the tub drain in less than 80 seconds, and the push controls allow you yo use the tub even more efficiently. The door is made of tempered glass, making it sturdy and somewhat stylish. This walk-in tub also comes with both air and hydro massage jets with a thermostatic control valve. Unlike most walk-in tubs, it has two seats with ozone sterilization.