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Walk-In Baths: Complete Guide

Welcome to worry-free bathing with the safety of walk in baths.

At Aquability, we understand how difficult it can be for an elderly or mobility challenged person to get into a bath or shower safely.

Having to step over a bathtub edge can be a worrying experience which is why a walk in bath is a popular solution. Its clever design, with a 100% watertight door, removes the need for any dangerous stepping over allowing you to easily and safely enter and exit the bathtub.

Here we will explain the benefits of a walk in bath and why it’s the go-to solution for people looking for an easier and safer bathing experience. You can have a look at walk in showers for the elderly and less mobile.

The problem of traditional bathtubs for people with limited mobility

Traditional bathtubs can pose a hazard to people with limited mobility, as significant amounts of energy and strength is needed to navigate the high step up to get in and out of the bath.

Unfortunately, this makes traditional bathtubs practically unusable by people who suffer from mobility issues or the elderly. It also significantly increases the risk of an accidental slip or fall, should the bather misjudge their strength or footing when in the tub.

Walk-in bathtubs are a safe, worry-free alternative to traditional bathtubs, featuring a 100% watertight door allowing you to safely and easily step into and out of the bath without the fear of an accident.

What is a Walk in Bath?

A walk in bath is a bathing system that offers a safe, worry-free bathing experience to help those with physical mobility challenges in the bathroom, such as those with a disability. These mobility baths feature an inward-opening 100% watertight door allowing users to safely enter and exit the bath.

Walk in baths also offer the advantage of optional features such as grab rails, and seats to lower you gently into the bath and then to safely lift you up again. These optional features allow for an enhanced bathing experience.

Features of walk in baths

A walk in bath offers a number of features that makes easy access baths a worry-free experience.

It is designed with a door that allows for a safe and easy way to enter and exit the bath. It also offers the user the ability to control the water temperature with thermostatically controlled taps for safe and comfortable bathing.

Another advantage of a walk in bath is its low step-in height, this offers a worry-free bathing experience as it eliminates the need to climb in and out over the side of a bathtub.

Additionally, various models feature handrails and built-in or powered seats, making it an ideal choice for those with limited mobility.

Benefits of a walk in bath

A walk in bath offers numerous benefits, especially when it comes to maintaining a safe and worry-free bathing environment.

The low threshold of a walk in bath make it easy to enter and exit the bath without needing to lift your legs or balance in tricky positions. Deciding to shower is greatly simplified too, with the walk in bath door allowing for easy access to the shower area, all without having to worry about a slippery old-fashioned bathtub.

Finally, the modern design of a walk in bath allows you to enjoy all the luxury of a contemporary style bath, without sacrificing on safety or practicality.

A walk in bathtub will generally fit in the same space as your existing bath and can usually be fitted in just one day with no mess or fuss.

What types of walk-in baths are there?

Full-length walk in baths

Walk-in baths have become increasingly popular in recent years as people look for solutions that prioritise their safety and ease of use in their bathrooms. Not only are they ideal for individuals with mobility impairments who may find it difficult to access the side of a traditional bathtub, but they are also great for elderly people who wish to bathe with a reduced risk of slipping and falling. Plus, the full length design can also provide an enhanced sense of serenity and relaxation, allowing you to bathe in comfort.

Walk-in tubs are also available in different styles and sizes to suit almost any space and need, so you can find the perfect one to fit your lifestyle and budget.

Sit-down baths

Sit-down baths, also known as walk-in/walk-out baths, are the perfect choice for anyone looking for a safer way to enjoy a bathing experience.

The seating area of a sit down bath is more upright than a conventional bathtub with the 100% watertight door and fixed seating area providing easier accessibility. Some designs also feature a secure handle on one side to support getting in and out of the bath and of course grab rails are also an option to aid stability.

Forget your worries and relax as you enjoy a relaxing bathing experience with the peace of mind that your safety is taken care of.

How much does a walk-in bath cost?

Recognising that each customer's needs vary, our installations are uniquely tailored.

We offer a free, no-obligation design service, where our experienced designers visit you at home to discuss your needs in detail and provide a comprehensive quote, ensuring a personalised solution for every individual.

See here for more details on walk in bath costs.

How to ensure worry-free bathing with a walk in bathtub

Factors to consider before installing a walk in bath

When looking to purchase a walk in bath for your home, there are several factors to take into consideration.

The most important factor is the size of the bath. Do you already have a bath installed, if so there is usually no problem installing a walk in bathtub.

You also need to think about whether you require additional grab rails to assist your balance or a power seat to lift you up and down in the bath. You should consider who will be using the bath and what their abilities are, so you can choose the most suitable model.

Finally, make sure you choose a reputable supplier such as Aquability with a proven track record, so you can be sure of the quality of the product and service you will receive for your easy access bath.

Aquability’s fully trained installers will fit your new walk in bath usually within a day, with no mess and no fuss*.

Safety features

Walk in baths provide the ideal bathing experience for those who require additional safety and accessibility in the bathroom. Their key feature is the unique low-threshold door which allows for easy entry and exit from the tub. This door, combined with grab rails, further ensures a worry-free bathing experience for users who may have difficulty entering and exiting a bathtub or shower.

Additionally, high quality walk in baths come with a number of other safety features, such as slip-resistant floors, built-in seating, and thermostatic taps, to provide users with secure and comfortable bathing. For those who may be living with decreased mobility, walk in baths present the perfect bathroom solution

To summarise

The installation of a walk in bath (mobility bath) is the perfect solution to making bathing safer. By removing the need to step over a high bath edge and installing a walk in bathtub with a 100% watertight door, it provides a significantly lower risk of slips and falls and avoids the anxiety of a dangerous, risky bathtub.

The additional security of grab rails and an anti-slip base further help to create a worry-free bathing experience, allowing you to relax and enjoy the experience of a safe and comfortable soak. Just a few of the benefits of a walk-in bath include comfort, safety, easy entry and exit and worry free bathing.

Whether your bathroom is small or spacious, we have the right walk in baths for you: from our Mini Marvel and Aquabath for smaller bathrooms to The Ultimate or The Simplicity - a full-length walk-in bath with optional power seat.

Our fully trained installers will fit your new walk-in bath usually within a day, with no mess and no fuss*.

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Walk-in baths FAQ at a glance

Discover the answers to common questions about walk-in baths in this concise and informative guide.

Why choose Aquability for walk-in Baths?

Aquability is a trusted provider of walk-in baths, offering a wide range of options to suit various needs and spaces. Our fully trained installers ensure a hassle-free installation, usually within a day, with no mess or fuss.

Do you have to sit in a walk-in bath while it fills up?

It depends on the type of bath, stepping into the walk-in bath and closing the door behind you is normally necessary before you start filling it. The process won't take too long

How do walk-in baths support individuals with mobility challenges?

Walk-in baths provide easy access with their door entry, eliminating the need to step over a high edge. This design is ideal for wheelchair users and those with mobility issues, offering a safer and more comfortable bathing solution.

How can a walk-in bath benefit my health?

Walk-in baths are excellent for those seeking relief from muscle aches, arthritis, and poor circulation. The warm water offers therapeutic benefits, enhancing relaxation and well-being.

What safety features do your walk-in baths include?

Our walk-in baths are designed with safety in mind, featuring low thresholds for easy entry, non-slip surfaces, and the option to include grab rails and easy access seats for additional support and convenience.

Can walk-in baths fit in smaller bathrooms?

Yes, our range includes models like the Mini Marvel and Aquabath, specifically designed for smaller bathrooms, ensuring that you can enjoy the benefits of a walk-in bath, no matter the size of your space.

How do I choose the right walk-in bath?

We've written this handy Guide to Walk in Baths here.

Are walk-in baths energy efficient?

Walk-in baths can be energy efficient, as the low water levels reduce water wastage while still providing a comfortable bathing experience.

How do you get out of a walk-in bath?

Upon emptying, the door of a walk-in bath can be opened, designed to swing either inward or outward, providing a straightforward exit from the tub. Certain designs may be equipped with an integrated seat, featuring adjustability in height, to aid users as they enter or exit the tub.

Do your walk-in baths come with a warranty?

Yes, we provide a comprehensive warranty for all our walk-in baths, ensuring peace of mind and reliability. Please contact us for specific warranty and after care details related to each model.

Further help and guides for walk-in baths

Walk in Baths - Installation

Guide to Bathing

Walk in baths - for peace of mind and comfort.

For Walk in Showers help and guides please click here.

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