Obesity has become a primary medical condition facing our society today. There are many different forms of bariatric equipment available such as chairs, lifts, beds, and scooters. But one of the latest concepts is a bariatric walk-in tub.
One of the main concerns for people with this condition is the increased effort they require for mobility and general daily independence.
With obesity levels rising, the needs of heavier patients need to be addressed.
Walk-in bathtubs are a relatively new concept. They offer people the ability to bathe unassisted without having to worry about falling or slipping when getting in or out of the tub.
Bariatric Walk-in Tub Design
The bariatric walk-in tub is ultimately designed to accommodate larger people and those with disabilities.
Most of the tubs created today are regular-sized bathtubs made for people weighing less than 300 lbs.
Bariatric walk-in tubs can handle people weighing up to 600 lbs.
They have built-in non-slip floors to avoid slipping and a low-step entry for easy and safe access.
Bariatric Walk-In Tub Features
Bariatric walk-in tubs feature a booster seat approximately 17 inches above the tub floor. This allows for comfortable bathing, improved spinal support, and easier standing.
A hand-held shower head makes it easier for larger or mobility-impaired people to reach all parts of their bodies.
Walk-in tubs have safety grab bars to help improve balance when entering or exiting.
Walk-in tub doors are able to open either from the left or the right to accommodate an already existing bathroom and they fit into the existing spaces of most regular bathtubs.
The widest bariatric tubs can be as wide as 42″ and have a 26″ wide door opening.
These larger models are designed to accommodate a person weighing up to 600 lbs.
Standard walk-in tub models are around 30″ wide with a height of about 40″.
Average lengths are around 50 to 55″ but extra-long tubs can measure up to 67″.
Space-saving models can be as short as 38″.
Factors To Consider
- Walk-in tubs can deliver a permanent spa-like experience to your home.
- Many walk-in tubs come with whirlpool functionality and can include over 10 adjustable water jets.
- You also have the option of fitting a water heater and air jet channels so you can enjoy a soothing massage.
- Certain models have adjustable seats and sanitation systems.
- Certain brands come standard with these features, while others may have them as optional extras.
What Will a Walk-in Tub Cost Me?
The price of a bariatric walk-in tub will vary because of the different sizes and optional extras available, such as air and water jets.
You can expect to pay between $2,000 and $12,000 for a walk-in tub.
The cheapest option would be a soaker tub and on average the most expensive is the dual combo massage tub.
Bariatric walk-in tubs are available online and from medical supply stores.