We all like our own independence and being able to bathe and wash safely on your own allows you to maintain your dignity. If you are ever bathed by a carer, it is usually more clinical and about getting you washed and clean in a safe and easy way, rather than enjoying some relaxation time in a long hot bath.
There are two main options for bathing independently – a walk-in bath or a bath lift. Both of these ways have advantages and disadvantages depending upon your level of mobility.
What is a walk-in bath?
When it comes to walk-in baths, there are several different options to choose from, including the standard walk-in style to the deep soaker style of bath. A standard walk-in bath is the same size as a normal bath, the only difference being that it comes with a door fitted either at the end or the side to allow you to step in and out of the bath with ease.
Once you have entered the bath, you close the door and start filling the bath once you are seated. If you have reduced mobility and find it hard to sit down, a deep soaker bath would be more appropriate for you to use. Deep soaker baths come with a seat installed into the bath for easier access and comfort. In both styles of bath, it is very important that they are fitted with thermostatically controlled and anti-scaled taps to ensure you are completely safe when bathing.
Are there any disadvantages to a walk-in bath?
The main disadvantage of a walk-in bath is that you have to actually have to get into the bath before you can fill it with water. You also need to drain the water out of the bath before you can get out. Some people may not enjoy this element of having to wait for the water to fill and drain, but this is something that you can used to over time. Also, if you have very limited mobility and struggle to lower yourself into the bath, then this may not be the best choice for you. A deep soaker bath can provide a solution to those with very limited mobility.
What are the benefits of a bath lift?
A bath lift can be used to help gently lowers you into the bath, so as you can fully bathe in the water. Once you have finished, you can then use the bath lift to safely lift you back out of the bath again. The one positive benefit of using a bath lift over a walk-in bath, is that you can actually fill the bath with water before you get in. You then simply sit down on the bath lift and lower yourself with the controller into the bath.
The one biggest disadvantage of a bath lift is that you need to have the physical strength and flexibility to step over the side of the bath. If you can sit down safely and lift your legs, then a bath lift may be the perfect choice for you, as you are sitting down it is far safer as there is less risk of falling.
There are many factors you will need to consider in deciding which option is the best for you. The financial outlay is something that you will need to think about. A walk-in bath is a fairly expensive option but can sometimes be a much easier solution to bathing with mobility issues. Installation of our walk-in baths usually is just one day and there is minimal mess. With a walk-in bath, you can also have a water jet system, which can help with aches and pains, whilst you relax and have a soak in the bath.
A bath lift is a lot less of a financial commitment for you and doesn’t require any installation requirements like a walk-in bath does. However, if your mobility is considerably reduced, you may still struggle with getting yourself on and off the lift itself. This is something you will need to give careful consideration to when you are making a decision about which option may be more suitable for you in the long term.
For help, advice and guidance on the suitability of a bath lift or a walk-in bath, get in touch with our friendly and helpful team today, or pop in and see us in-store today. We would love to help.