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How much did your walk in bath cost?

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SerialCerealKiller Fri 17-Feb-17 18:20:08

I can't find any prices online, they all want to send a brochure. I just need a general price.
Also were there any cons to having a walk in bath you hadn't previously thought of?

My grandma needs a new bathroom and is desperate to keep her bath but she can't lift her legs any more. Her children are keen to get a shower in but she's not too sure. Any advice would be much appreciated smile

NewNameNoFace Fri 17-Feb-17 18:44:35

Downside is you have to sit in while it fills up. And then wait until empty to get out.

When redoing her bathroom my grandma was talked out of one and got a walk in shower with a chair in instead.

No idea about prices though sorry.

bigredboat Sat 18-Feb-17 07:22:48

I am an OT and I always advise people against walk in baths. There is usually quite a high step to negotiate to get in and out, you have to sit and wait for it to fill and empty, the doorway is usually quite narrow and the door needs a fair amount of dexterity and grip to open/close. Would she be able to manage a powered bath lift or is lifting her legs over the side the issue?

I would usually advise level access shower facilities as the best option (they're generally quite future proofed incase of deterioration in mobility etc) but you can get bath hoists etc if she's really keen on bathing although they're probably more expensive.

PurpleWithRed Sat 18-Feb-17 07:39:35

Look on eBay for a second hand one and phone a plumber to ask about fitting costs. But like everyone else says they are a pretty grim and inadequate experience. Can she try out a shower with a seat in it somewhere? Or a local care agency might be able to offer a bathing help service?

loinnir Sat 18-Feb-17 11:06:16

Don't do it! They are awful. My Great Aunt got one and absolutely hated it - it was very expensive to buy and fit as well. I agree with the others above - a level access shower with a bench/chair is much preferable. My GA desperately wanted to keep having baths as she loved them but a walk in bath is nothing like an ordinary bath. There is the step into it to negoiate - my GA's sight was failing so tripping over this on the way in and out was a worry for us. It is very deep, more like a tub than long and thin so takes an absolute age to fill up using vast quantities of water whilst you sit on the plastic "shelf" getting very, very cold and a really good hot water system is needed (an old tank won't do it). You are not immersed in water (like in a normal bath) up to your neck. The height of the walls of the bath made showering awkward my GA bruised her arms very badly hitting the top of the bath whilst trying to wash her hair.She also got very cold waiting for the water to empty so she could open the door and get out. As she got more infirm and needed carers it was also useless - they hadn't the time to wait for the bath to fill - they ended up using a bucket to wash her down inside the bath and the shower for her hair - it was the pits. We kept trying to persuade her to let us pay to have her bathroom made into a wet room but I think she felt bad for wasting so much money on having the walk in bath installed and wouldn't. I don't understand how they are still being sold they seem totally useless for any purpose.

My GA would have been better when she just had trouble levering herself out of the water with the system where a plastic sheet fits under you in a standard bath and then a button is pressed to help it move up and lever you out as she was quite light, then a level access shower as she grew more infirm. It would have been cheaper in the long run too.

Izzybella17 Wed 02-Aug-17 12:07:41

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HipsterHunter Wed 02-Aug-17 12:46:26

@Izzybella17 if you read the thread you would see that people think walk in baths are totally shit and to get a walk in shower instead.

Have reported as SPAM given the posting style and username history.

venys Wed 02-Aug-17 21:41:48

Would she able to get out of a sunken bath with the aid of the water? Sorry I struggled to get a good picture but if you look up Japanese Soaker baths which have a smaller footprint but are deeper and you could build a platform with stairs up the side to get in? To get out she could sit on the top step and swivel around? I also found this beastie which raises and lowers a platform inside the bath www.abacushealthcare.co.uk/aquanova-bath/gemini but I am not sure if you can operate it alone. Once again you could build steps up the side to aid getting in? Obviously the easiest option is walk in shower with a seat but I get the not being able to have a bath thing.

Rollercoaster1920 Wed 02-Aug-17 21:45:58

Relative of mine had a regular bath with a chair that raises and lowers electrically. Works for her, no alterations to the bathroom suite.

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