Nationwide Mobility walk-in bath – the safer option
Do you struggle to get in and out of the bath?
Does impaired mobility mean that you have to rely on others to help you bathe?
Have you considered buying a walk-in bath, but feel overwhelmed by the variety of models available?
In this short guide, we’ll help you choose the right model, the right size and any extra safety features you might require for your specific needs.
What type of walk-in baths are there to choose from?
Different suppliers tend to have their own range of walk-in baths, but to keep things simple we’ll refer to our models, which cover the four main types available:
Sometimes referred to as a soaker, the Aquabath is the same length as other walk-in baths but taller, allowing you more space to sit in a comfortable upright position. It also has a low threshold and a door that can be adapted to open from the left or right and comes with the option of a hydrotherapy spa system, to help soothe aching joints or muscular discomfort.
The Simplicity is a walk-in, lie-down bath. Apart from its main benefit of being a full-length bath with extra depth, it also has a removable powered seat so that it can function as an ordinary bath for other members of the household.
The Ultimate Shower Bath is a full-length bath with a glass shower area at one end. It has a low threshold and a remote-controlled power seat (that can hold up to 23 stone in weight) particularly useful if you’re a bariatric patient.
With the average UK bathroom being 2.3m by 2.7m, the Mini Marvel or a similar type of up-right walk-in bath, is the ideal answer. It has many of the features of the bigger baths such as a sturdy steel frame, low threshold and an easy-lock door handle, but because of its compact size it fits even the smallest bathroom.
What about the safety of a walk-in bath?
Walk-in baths bought from reputable suppliers are fitted with a range of different safety features. Most models have steel frames and toughened bath shells, and can be fitted with extras such as:
- Extra grab-rails
- Non-slip bath mats
- Thermostatically controlled taps, to prevent scalding
- Remote-controlled power seats
- Specially engineered, watertight door seal
Most good walk-in bath suppliers will be happy to help if there are any other safety concerns you may have.
How much will it cost?
Walk-in baths can be more expensive than ordinary baths due to the engineering involved in fitting a watertight door and the addition of a sturdy frame and toughened bath shell. But that doesn’t mean they’re unaffordable.
If you speak to one of Nationwide Mobility’s specialist advisors, they can help you choose a walk-in bath that suits all your needs at a price you can afford.
If a walk-in bath does happen to be out of your price range, most bathing solution suppliers or occupational health professionals will be able to suggest ways to adapt the bath you already have.
How long will it take to fit?
Once a walk-in bath has been manufactured, it doesn’t take any longer to fit than a normal bath. Your suppliers’ expert fitters should be able to complete the job within the day, unless there are some unforeseen circumstances.
We hope this short guide helps, but if you need any more information, don’t hesitate to call us on 0800 316 0116 and our specialist advisors will be happy to answer all your questions.