Types of Bathtubs for Persons with Disability

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-t-miller/what-to-consider-when-cho_b_5987054.htmlAnyone who has poor balance or restricted mobility due to a disability can relate to problems with regular bathtubs. Stepping over a tub’s side is not only difficult but also dangerous for persons with disability (PWDs). Most people have resorted to modifying standard tubs, but the modifications do not make them any safer for use.

The ideal solution is a tub for disabled individuals. Walk-in tubs are the perfect solution for people with mobility problems who are still mobile and able to walk into the baths. They are also suited for individuals who can bathe themselves.

Here are some of the available handicapped walk-in tubs in the market today.

Deep Walk-In Bathtubs

Deep walk-in bathtubs are typically 36’’-38’’ high with doors that open inward. They are fitted with grab bars and seats with a backrest allowing the user to stay seated while bathing. This is especially important for those with mobility and balance problems.

They are ideal for people with a moderate difficulty in bathing who do not require much help.

Deep Slide-In Bathtubs

The doors of a slide-in tub open outward, and they designed the tub for use with wheelchairs. With some upper body strength, you slide smoothly to the tub from your chair. Some are fitted with hydrotherapy options for adjustable water jets and air jets.

Regular-Depth Bathtubs

These bathtubs have a regular depth and require the user to slightly rise and sit on a power-driven seat that is then lowered into the tub. The power seat readjusts to standing height when it is time to get out of the tub. It is ideal for individuals with some mobility.


Ensure the tub you choose is the right size, as you need enough room to have a comfortable bath experience. For PWDs with some mobility, walk-in tubs provide the most privacy and independence.