Saturday, June 6, 2009

Looking At Different Walk-in Tubs

By Bob Ranold

Many of us easily take for granted the easy everyday motions of life such as getting in and out of the bath tub. This is a task that for us who are young, do without even thinking twice and is accomplished with relative ease without thinking twice. While this is true for most of us, it is not always the case with a wide section of the population.

These are people that are just not able to enjoy this simple luxury mostly due to physical limitations such as rheumatoid arthritis and other ailments. These people are simply unable to get into the bath tub without some special assistance. Others may not necessarily be suffering from any inflammation but they have simply succumbed to old age. This class of people finds it excruciatingly painful to make even the smallest movements. One of the most common inflammation that causes a severe limitation in movement is arthritis. This is a disease that affects the joints and has mostly been associated with old age.

But not everyone is limited in movement simply because they are old. There are others who are not old at all but are physically hindered in one way or another. The have been born with a crippling birth defect that does not allow them to make graceful movements like the rest of us.

Then there are those who have become paralyzed because of birth, sickness or an accident and are now wheelchair-bound. The one thing in common all these people have is that they are unable to get in and out of the shower or bath tub without special assistance. Walk-in tubs and baths are the answer for this class of people. Before their advent, people with these disabilities had to be physically carried in and out of the shower or bath tub.

A walk-in tub is a regular-looking tub that has a built-in side door closely resembling that of a car. A disabled person who in other occasions has to be physically carried into the tub can now ease themselves into the tub. Because different types of physical ailments cause different movement limitations, there are different types and sizes of walk-in tubs and showers.

The most common and most popular in the market is the Safety Tubs which is designed to fit into just about any space. They come in the 603 long x 323 wide walk-in tub and baths for the best and biggest experience. They also come in regular size tubs which are 513 long x 303 wide. Then for bathrooms that would benefit from a tub taking up less space, you can find a 513 long x 263 wide walk-in bathtub.

Other than there being different walk-in tub sizes, there are also extension kits that ensure that the tub fits in a standard of regular space. These can come in a 20 inch width panel which fits perfectly between the end of the tub and the wall.

There are different types of walk-in tubs and baths. This is just as there are different ailments and physical limitations. The most basic tub is the walk-in shower or bath and is also the easiest to operate.

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