Consider a Walk In Bath
Generally, bathtubs are enclosed spaces and due to weakened muscles, it can be extremely difficult for elderly or disabled people to get in and out of. Often, family members or hired nurses will assist these individuals with their bath time routine, but for those who want to keep their independence, a walk in bath might be preferred.
Walk in baths are exceptionally crafted to hold water securely for elderly and disabled people to bathe themselves. Essentially, the bath is designed with a door to allow for safe entering and exiting of the bath. The design eliminates the need to step over tub walls and potentially fall due to weak muscles or a slippery tub surface. With a walk in bath, the individual sits in the bath, shuts the door, and then turns on the water. When finished bathing, users pull the plug like a normal bath and once the water is drained away, the door can be opened for a safe exit.
These devices can be expensive, but the benefits of walk in tubs are amazing for disabled or elderly individuals. Essentially, installation requires the old tub to be removed and the new walk in tub installed. Standard walk in tubs work just like a regular unit, but upgrades can be made to the tub to include jets to help soothe achy muscles in a safe manner. Not everyone may want a walk in tub, but for those who find it difficult to exit or enter the tub, they can be a true lifesaver.