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Are walk-in baths a good idea?

Often walk-in baths are associated with aging and disability but there are a number of reasons people are refitting their old bathroom with a new walk-in bath. These can include injury, mental well-being and ongoing pain especially arthritis. Why? Not only does a 100% watertight door make it easy to get in and out of the tub, it also helps people maintain their privacy and independence allowing them to stay in their homes for longer. And because a walk-in bath looks just like a typical bathtub, the whole household can use it.

To find out if walk-in baths are a good idea for you, read on.

Easing arthritis walk-in bathing

People with injury or chronic pain such as arthritis often find it easier to step into a bath than have to climb over the side.

Those who suffer from arthritis have spoken of the benefits of a warm bath to ease pain and reduce inflammation. This claim has been supported with research from the Arthritis Foundation.

A relaxing soak in a warm bath is great for pain management for all sorts of conditions because it encourages blood and oxygen to flow to the painful area by expanding the blood vessels. This increased circulation helps to relax your muscles and can relieve aches and pains.

Easing pain from arthritis

Living with dementia

Walk-in baths are great for mental well-being too.

Over time, progressive mental health diseases, such as dementia, can make it difficult for individuals to do things for themselves. One common frustration of living with dementia is needing help with personal care like showering or bathing. Having the ability to bathe independently is very important for emotional well-being and self-esteem, and by installing a walk-in tub means privacy can be maintained for much longer.

Bath belts and lifts

Walk-in baths are designed carefully to reduce the risk of accidents. The door in the side of the bath allows for low-level, easy access and the bath can be fitted with a number of safety features such as powered seats and grab poles to give you peace of mind.

See more about bath lifts here.

For extra convenience, walk-in baths come with easy to use powered seats to lower you down into the bath and gently raise you back up when you finish bathing. For pure indulgence, you can also add hydrotherapy spa jets to gently massage away all of your aches and pains.

Walk in baths and arthritis

Nationwide walk-in baths

The wide range of walk-in baths at Nationwide, and the variety of features available, will make your daily bathing routine a more relaxing, pampering and safe experience.If you’d like to discuss what options are best for you, please call us for a no obligation chat on our freephone: 0800 316 0116 or email us at:

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