Walk In Bath Tubs Buying Tips

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Walk In Bath Tubs


With Seat

With Seat

Reclining (No Seat)

Reclining (No Seat)

With Inward Door

With Inward Door

With Outward Door

With Outward Door

With Rising Door

With Rising Door

With Powered Seat Lift

With Powered Seat Lift

This Sage Guide has tips about Safety, Comfort and Ease of Use.  There is a navigation bar on the left with helpful links below. For tips about making a feature choice, go to the Buying Guide (tab above).

#1 Sage Tip

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For a truly comfortable experience with a walk in bath consider the drain speed so you won't get cold waiting for the bathtub to empty.

Use left menu or scroll down for more Sage Tips, Helpful Links and Blog Posts.

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Safety topics

Safety Topics for Walk in Bath Tubs

  • Fall Prevention
  • Size 
  • Hygiene
  • Multi- Generational and Multi-Users
  • Installation
  • Scalding
  • Comfort
  • Ease of Use

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Fall Prevention

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A walk in bath with a seat is a good product idea for fall prevention in itself.  You may also want to consider the threshold height (the step into the tub).

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See more about fall prevention and home safety in the Buying Tips for the list of features below.  

  • Seat Type; Threshold and seat height; Extra Features; Color
Ask your Healthcare Professional

A Senior planning a home renovation should consult with their healthcare professional in advance to ensure that home health related needs that are likely to arise in the next ten to fifteen years are taken into account. If your mom or dad has multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, arthritis or osteoporosis a walk in bath can help to prevent falls.

Find More Help

Search by location in our Aging in Place Specialist directory to find a remodeller or contractor that is qualified to install a walk in bath tub.

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Size

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Walk in baths come in a wide variety of sizes in terms of the space in the room and the "roominess" in the tub. Water capacity is a good measure for "roominess".

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We have more Sage Tips to help you find a bath chair that will fit in the space that you have, and "fit" the person using the Walk-in Bath Tub.  See these headings in Walk in Tub Feature Tips.

  • Doors; Water Capacity
Ask your Healthcare Professional

Discuss all medical conditions with healthcare professionals available to you for consultation when you are planning a renovation for a walk in bath tub. It is not uncommon for individuals with some chronic health issues such as diabetes to gain weight (Obesity). Take this into consideration when choosing the size and features of the tub for ease of use.

Find More Help

A contractor, designer or consultant that is an Aging in Place Specialist is likely to know local suppliers that carry walk in baths suitable for bariatric persons. However, you can save time by doing your research here at Sage in Home.

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Hygiene

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It is essential keep a walk in bath clean.  Antibacterial coatings and a hand-held shower can help.

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Learn about options for hygiene in Walk in Bath Tub Buying Tips.  

  • Hydrotherapy; Material; Cleaning
Ask your Healthcare Professional

If your mom or dad has back pain, multiple sclerosis or dexterity issues, it may be difficult for them to clean the walk in bath properly. If you are the primary family caregiver, be aware that walk in baths should be cleaned regularly for optimal hygiene.

Find More Help

Features such as ozonator or gelcoat can improve ease of use in terms of cleaning for those that may have a hard time scrubbing. See our product selector to find tubs with these features for hygiene.

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Multi-Gen & Multi-Users

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Walk in bathtubs and toddlers don't mix well. Take this into account when planning.

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Multi-generational homes are becoming more common - and often a bathroom has to be shared among family members from different generations.  In addition, bath safety products are often used or shared with other people when lent, given away or purchased used.  

However, take heed of our concerns about Fall Prevention and Hygiene in our Buying Tips.  Providing you are not sacrificing safety and hygiene, consider this feature that provides flexibility.  

  • Hydrotherapy
Ask your Healthcare Professional

Your family doctor should be made aware of your living conditions, including if you share a home with other generations (multigen). This is relevant for both Seniors and family caregivers for bathroom safety. A walk in bath that will be used among different people should have the right specifications to cater to everyone.

Find More Help

Some contractors and designers have extensive experience in Multi-generational living. To find this expertise, start with our directory of Aging in Place Professionals. In addition you may want to consult an Aging in Place Retailer. Some of these local businesses are in Aging in Place Networks, oriented to help you create a safe and comfortable home for independent living.

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Installation

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Proper installation is key to safety and enjoyment of a walk-in bath. Selecting the installer is as important as selecting the walk in bathtub.

Note: Review the manufacturer's assembly and use instructions for each Walk in Bath Tub.  You can access these instructions when you review the product details of a specific selection in our store on Amazon.

Ask your Healthcare Professional

Installation needs to be done by a certified professional, preferably one that specializes in Aging in Place renovations. See our directory to find the right people for the job.

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Scalding

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Scalding is a risk particularly for someone who needs help with the faucet controls.  And anti-scalding device can be helpful.

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If you are starting to see signs of aging in your parents, check the temperature controls of their water heater.  Discuss with them whether they would be more comfortable if turned down. In addition to avoiding scalding, the energy bill should go down.

Ask your Healthcare Professional

Increased sensitivity to hot and cold is one of the common signs of aging. Open a dialogue with your older parents doctor to see if there are local resources for seniors such as safety checks that can be of use for personal safety.

Find More Help

If you are a family caregiver having difficulty discussing home safety with your aging parents, remember they are likely to trust and listen to their physical or occupational therapist

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Comfort

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There are several "comfort" decisions in selecting a walk in bath including drain speed, seat height and threshold height.

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At Sage in Home, we believe that comfort promotes use - and that use is very important, particularly for bath safety products. Learn more about Comfort when you are selecting a Walk-in Bath Tub in our Buying Tips.

  • Seat Type; Hydrotherapy; Drains; Water Capacity; Extra Features
Ask your Healthcare Professional

Your mom or dad should appreciate efforts to make aging in place more comfortable for them. A walk in bath tub is a product that can make daily living easier for seniors.

Find More Help

Looking for some design assistance in a renovation project for a Senior? A designer who is also an Aging in Place Professional can help you make a better decision about safety, health-related concerns and the "look" that you are hoping to achieve. In our directory, you can find the contact details of local designers using our map search.

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Ease of Use

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We have data on threshold height (the step into the bathtub)for most bathtubs and are working to get door width.  Both are important ease of use features.

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If you are concerned about Ease of Use, please first review the Fall Prevention tips and other safety tips.

Also see Walk in Bath Tub Buying Tips for:

  • Seat Type; Drains; Doors; Water Capacity; Faucets; Extra Features
Ask your Healthcare Professional

Activities of daily living can be made easier by a walk in bath tub, especially for those with memory issues stemming from Alzheimer's, dementia or a stroke.

Find More Help

Individuals may need some ease of use products for bathroom safety post surgery. Speak with an occupational therapist to see which type of walk in bath tub would be suitable for you or your older parents for hospital discharge.

Helpful Links:

Walk In Bath Tubs Guide

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