Anyone with impaired mobility or vision will know how difficult it is the use a traditional bath safely, so installing one with specially adapted features is a sensible move. These features can include something as simple as a well-placed handle or a lower profile.
Whatever you think would make accessing the bath a safer experience is worth the expense. Statistics in the US show that injuries while showering or bathing account for over a third of bathroom related accidents (CDC, 2011).
Accidents in the bath can range from the superficial to the serious, so it's best not to take a chance if you're concerned about your safety.
How do Easy Access Baths Compare to Regular Baths?
The difference between a regular bath and easy access baths is all about safety, convenience and comfort. Easy access baths often feature a door on the side that can be opened and shut securely, or lower sides to reduce the strain of lifting the legs.
It's all about making it easier to wash and bathe, and if that means moving the taps to the centre of the bath, creating a wider door or forming a seating area, then this is what's needed for a safe bathing experience.
This doesn't mean that easy access baths have to be less stylish than regular baths. There's a variety of models available that complement different décors from the modern to the contemporary
Style Guide: Choosing the Right Bath
To ensure you find the right easy access bath for your needs, check out these simple style guide tips:
- Combine a bath and shower option for convenient and safe sit-down showers
- Make sure to look though the different sizes to get the most of the space in your bathroom
- Choose a tall bath with a walk-in door for a relaxing deep soak. These type of baths don't take as long as you'd think to fill up
- For wheelchair users, central taps and a wide entrance make it easy to transfer from wheelchair to the bath.