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WALK IN BATHS

If you used to enjoy the comfort and relaxation of a long bath, but are now hampered by Mobility difficulties, Sam’s Plumbing Supplies can help. We have the experience to advise you on choosing the right Walk in bath to suit your individual needs. We only recommend reputable dealers to sell and fit your bath.

Apollo 1700mm Walk In Bath (Left Hand)
Apollo 1700mm Walk In Bath (Left Hand)
Price: £1,399.00
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Jubilee Easy Access
Jubilee Easy Access
Price: £1,750.00
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Adagio Limited Mobility
Adagio Limited Mobility
Price: £1,750.00
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DISABLED BATHROOMS

If you are afraid of falling or are physically challenged when getting in and out of a conventional bath then a Mobility Bath could the solution you have been looking for. However, for the first-time buyer it can sometimes be confusing and time consuming to find a bath that is right for you and your bathroom.

Here are a few guidelines to help you as you browse through the many walk in baths available:

Access - Entering and Exiting the Bath

1. The saddleband seat

2. A bath lift (mechanical or inflatable)

3. Traverse seats

4. Walk-in bathtubs

1. The saddleband seat

This consists of a strip of strong fabric, which is stretched widthways across the bath. It is connected to an electric roller mechanism, which is fitted beside the bath. The bather sits upon the fabric and activates the roller mechanism, which lowers and raises them into and out of the bath.

Disadvantages: The bather has to climb over the bath edge and balance on the fabric before being lowered and raised. This is not practical if you are obese or unsteady on your feet.

2. A bath lift (mechanical or inflatable)

The lift is fitted inside the bath and, if you find it difficult to balance, is a safer option than the bath lift.

Disadvantages: The bather has to climb over the bath edge, which is not practical if you are unsteady on your feet. The height of the lift may lessen the water level, which may mean investing in a deeper bath.

3. Traverse seats

The bather is lifted over the bath edge in a swiveling seat, powered by an electric motor or handrail.

Disadvantages: The bather has to be able to balance on the seat, especially if pulling one’s weight and may feel unsteady when rising over the bath edge. Also, the lift may not rise high enough for the feet to clear the edge of the bath, however, powered foot raisers can be provided. The seat may lessen the water level, which may mean investing in a deeper bath.

4. Walk-in bathtubs

This bath has a door, which the bather steps through. The door should be fitted with a latch and a guaranteed hydrostatic seal, which will avoid any leaks.

Comfort and Safety

1. All Mobility Baths should provide handrails, which give added safety and stability, whilst accessing the bath or drying off.

2. A molded and fixed seat inside the bathtub makes bathing more comfortable. However, the seat may lessen the water level, which may mean investing in a deeper bath.

3. Look for baths with a permanent slip-resistant surface, as these are safer and more hygienic than rubber bath mats.

4. Bathers must remember to consider the design of the taps, controls and door latches, they need to be easy to use with restricted mobility and wet hands.

Equipment

1. Showers can be fitted as standard or optional. Consider if it would be more advantageous to be wall mounted or hand held and if the controls are easy to use.

2. Bathers could have a thermostatically controlled water system fitted, as this will control temperature and prevent burning or the shock of cold water.

3. A whirlpool or hydrotherapy function uses jets of water to massage and stimulate muscles, which may be beneficial for the bather.

Installation

It is worth considering the installation of your chosen bath, and if it will fit into your bathroom. Remember to have your new bath supplied and fitted by reputable dealers.

Summary

Remember to consider the following options when choosing your new Mobility Bath:

1. Ease of access - Consider the best means of access related to the specific mobility difficulty

2. Guaranteed hydrostatic seal on walk-in bathtubs

3. Ask which safety features are available:

· Handrails for added safety

· Fixed seat for bathing comfort

· Slip resistant surface

· Thermostatically controlled water

4. Deeper bath if using a seat of bath lift

5. Shower and tap attachments as standard

6. Are shower and whirlpool facilities standard or optional?

7. Research the dealer or supplier – are they reputable?

Keep a checklist to hand when considering all the options.