A walk-in tub is often recommended for older adults and people with mobility issues because it’s safer and more convenient. However, the design of walk-in tubs can feel complex and will require some getting used to in the beginning.
If you’re new to using a walk-in tub, these tips will help you get in and out of it safely.
How to Get Into One
Here are a few reminders when you’re getting in a walk-in tub:
- Remove your clothes, and wear an easy-to-remove bathrobe before stepping inside the bathtub. If you prefer not to wear a robe, that’s fine as well.
- Check if the walk-in tub has completely drained before opening its door. If your tub has an inward-swinging door, you need to walk in and then sit down. If your tub has an outward-swinging door, you need to sit down and then put your legs inside.
- Close the door and make sure it’s properly locked before turning on the tap to fill the entire tub.
- Turn off the tap before the entire walk-in tub fills up. Then, enjoy your bath!
How to Get Out of One
When you’re done bathing, remove the drain using its handle or chain. Wait for the water to drain completely or until you’re sure nothing will spill out of the tub. Then, unlock the walk-in tub’s door and carefully step out. Mind your step before leaving and use handrails to avoid slipping.
Additional Tips on Improving Bathroom Safety
Here are a few more safety tips to avoid accidents in your bathroom:
- Slip-Resistant Surfaces
Make sure your walk-in tub has a non-slip surface to avoid slip and fall accidents. Rugs with non-skid backing may also work, but microfiber or gel-filled rugs would be better.
- Handrails and Grab Bars
Grab bars provide stability and support whenever you’re getting in and out of the tub.
- Handheld Showerheads
Walk-in baths with handheld showerheads will keep you seated in the tub. You don’t need to stand up and move a lot, minimizing the risk of accidents.
You can trust Elite Bathrooms LuxStone of Long Island to provide you with excellent walk-in bathtub installation services. Call us at (631) 201-4299, or fill out this contact form to request a quote.