Advent-ures in the MSE Forum... Our Advent calendar is live, helping you discover a new corner of the community each day. Visit the homepage and scroll down

Thoughts on walk in bath

in Over 50s MoneySaving
27 replies 13.7K views
Has anyone any experience of these? Bit of background, at the moment I have a shower over the bath, I prefer having a bath but with a bad back sometimes find it difficult to get into the bath. Had though of having a shower cubicle put in the bathroom but it means moving the toilet and would make the bathroom a bit crowded. So I thought if I had a walk in bath it would mean just changing the bath, would probably only use the walk in bit when I have a shower but would have the option of the walk in bath as I get older. Am I mad to even consider it?
«13

Replies

  • convertedconverted Forumite
    152 Posts
    I would say yes - sounds great if using only to access the shower - but if using it for a bath - especially for someone older, you would have to walk in, and sit and wait until it fills up with water, then sit until it empties before you can get out - okay if you dont want to die of pnumonia
  • chesky369chesky369 Forumite
    2.6K Posts
    Have you considered a bath hoist? There are hydraulic ones I think which you sit in and they lower you into the water and bring you up again when you're done.
  • sandraroffeysandraroffey Forumite
    1.4K Posts
    Forumite
    some councils social services department provide bath in-and-out-stuff, free of charge. they did for my father in law and for my own dad.
  • margaretclaremargaretclare Forumite
    10.8K Posts
    Some years ago now, DH and I had the bath ripped out and a shower cubicle put in its place. Because of my hips and his knees we had difficulty getting into/out of a bath. Later, we had it replaced with a better one with a lower step-in. We haven't had a bath as such for years, but we manage to get clean all over every day.
    [FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Æ[/FONT]r ic wisdom funde, [FONT=Times New Roman, serif]æ[/FONT]r wear[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]ð[/FONT] ic eald.
    Before I found wisdom, I became old.
  • edited 22 May 2012 at 9:38AM
    seven-day-weekendseven-day-weekend Forumite
    36.8K Posts
    Part of the Furniture 10,000 Posts Name Dropper Photogenic
    Forumite
    edited 22 May 2012 at 9:38AM
    We too only have a shower, it made the bathroom much more roomy and up-to-date, I personally have never regretted it.

    (Although it does limit your market if you come to sell, but we'll price accordingly, or take it out and have a shower-bath fitted.).

    To the OP, in your circumstances I would just have a shower, I don't think those walk-in baths are very satisfactory.
    (AKA HRH_MUngo)
    Member #10 of £2 savers club
    Imagine someone holding forth on biology whose only knowledge of the subject is the Book of British Birds, and you have a rough idea of what it feels like to read Richard Dawkins on theology: Terry Eagleton
  • Blackjack_DavyBlackjack_Davy Forumite
    546 Posts
    Part of the Furniture 500 Posts Combo Breaker
    Forumite
    When your thread title said "walk in bath" I though you meant Walks in Bath -

    http://visitbath.co.uk/things-to-do/tours-and-sightseeing/guided-walking-tours

    :rotfl:
    Blessed are the geeks, for they shall inherit the Internet.
  • chesky369chesky369 Forumite
    2.6K Posts
    It's all a matter of taste - I hate showers and love baths. I've no doubt you keep yourself nice and clean with a shower but I've never got the hang of them and really don't want to.
  • margaretclaremargaretclare Forumite
    10.8K Posts
    chesky369 wrote: »
    It's all a matter of taste - I hate showers and love baths. I've no doubt you keep yourself nice and clean with a shower but I've never got the hang of them and really don't want to.

    What's to get the hang of? Have you never had one e.g. at a swimming-pool?

    A huge number of accidents in the home are caused by people getting in and out of baths.

    I don't know how a walk-in bath would work. Do you get in then put in the water? Do you stand up rather than lying down as you would in a normal bath? I don't get it.
    [FONT=Times New Roman, serif]Æ[/FONT]r ic wisdom funde, [FONT=Times New Roman, serif]æ[/FONT]r wear[FONT=Times New Roman, serif]ð[/FONT] ic eald.
    Before I found wisdom, I became old.
  • blossomhill_2blossomhill_2 Forumite
    1.9K Posts
    I agree with previous posters; I used to help someone who had a walk-in bath - she had to sit cold while it filled up (trying to get a suitable water temp as it did ) then wait for it to empty and we had to cover her in towels as she was so cold - it was also quite scummy waiting for the water to drain down past her body, seemed more scummy than just standing up out of the water

    Bath lifts seem much better or there is a compromise where the door traps a certain amount of water, in like a footbath, while the person showers their body behind the screen in a seated position - draisn quicker and the shower water keeps the person warm to the end
    You never know how far-reaching something good, that you may do or say today, may affect the lives of others tomorrow
  • sebastianjsebastianj Forumite
    1K Posts
    Part of the Furniture 500 Posts Combo Breaker
    Forumite
    If you have problems climbing in and out of a Bath tub the how will you get out of a walk in one? You will need to stand in it first and then fill the tub, then you will need to empty it first before you can get out.

    I think it is not for you but I may be wrong.
    sebastian
This discussion has been closed.
Latest MSE News and Guides

Is your local HSBC closing?

114 branches to shut in 2023

MSE News

Advent Competitions

The countdown is on

MSE Forum

Baileys £10 for 1L at Tesco

When you scan your Clubcard

MSE Deals