Who doesn’t enjoy a relaxing soak in the tub? They may not always be extravagant, but a nice long bath is certainly something many would consider a treat. For seniors and those with mobility issues, small indulgences like baths are few and far between. The risk of falling increases with age, so it’s not surprising that soaking in the bathtub is one of the first things people tend to give up when faced with mobility issues. Want to ensure you or a loved one can still unwind in the tub? Then it might be time to install a walk-bathtub. Here’s our breakdown of why you should call Norcal Remodeling Group to have the Alexis Walk-in Therapeutic Tub by Bath Planet installed.
HOW DOES A WALK-IN BATHTUB WORK?
Just like the name implies, you just walk right in. Our patented no-leak, easy-open door with low access entry allows safer access for people with mobility issues to enter the bathtub. The comfortable seat inside the tub makes sitting down a breeze, reducing the risk of injury while trying to lift oneself out of a traditional low situated bathtub. Handrails and specially textured surfaces lessen the likelihood of slipping even further. Once safely seated in the bathtub, you fill the water, kick back, and relax!
WHO IS A WALK-IN BATHTUB DESIGNED FOR?
Everyone! The Alexis Walk-in Therapeutic Tub is designed to address a wide assortment of issues ranging from mobility to muscle soreness. Used by athletes for muscle recovery after working out, by those who require a walker, wheelchair or cane for safety, or by seniors for aging in place modifications, walk-in tubs have benefits for everybody. There’s no need to wait to have one installed either. Bath Planet tubs come with a limited lifetime warranty so you can trust that it’ll last until well after it’s actually a necessity.
WHAT FEATURES COME WITH A WALK-IN BATHTUB?
The Alexis Walk-in therapeutic Tub offers a wide variety of comfort and therapeutic features not available in a typical bathtub or shower.
While you do have to wait for the tub to fill after entering, the digital thermometer guarantees your 67-gallon capacity tub gets filled to your desired temperature perfectly every time. No more fidgeting with the dials and topping up the water to stay warm. When you are ready to finish your bath, you won’t have to wait long for the water to drain before existing like some walk-in baths. The Bath Planet quick drain system empties the water in less than a minute!
No time for a bath? The Alexis comes with a hand-held, adjustable shower head as an optional add-on so you can safely shower with the freedom to stand or sit.
Bath Planet tubs are made from the thickest acrylic material in the industry. The durable gel-coat protects the tub from wear and tear so it will last for years; no matter how many baths you have in a day! Let’s dive into the spa-like and therapeutic features, shall we? The Alexis Walk-in Therapeutic Bathtub relies on ten adjustable water jets to massage your body and eighteen air spa jets to produce tiny massaging bubbles to deliver healing therapies used in hospitals and treatment centers to your own home.
Hydrotherapy dates back to ancient Greece and has been used to soothe inflamed muscles and joints, rehabilitate injuries, calm headaches, treat burns, and much more. Different water temperature produces different therapeutic properties. Hotter water relaxes the body and stimulates the immune system, while colder water reduces inflammation. Hydrotherapy and Air bubbles encompass your body for a weightless, soothing experience. Critical care units have been using hydrotherapy to treat serious nervous system disorders since the late 1990s. With the Alexis Therapeutic Walk-in Bathtub, you can have the benefits of hydrotherapy right at home using its high-powered water flow, pinpoint hydrotherapy jets control, and perfect heat and temperature settings.
Another therapeutic feature of the Alexis model is chromotherapy. The technique of using the light of specific colors to affect your mood has been around for thousands of years. Many people who suffer from season affective disorder (SAD) find relief with bright light therapy and there are other types of color therapy used in all kinds of disciplines to help balance physical and emotional ailments. The Alexis Therapeutic Walk-in Bathtub has a lighted chromotherapy option you can enable when you are bathing, whether it’s to perk up in the morning or find a little Zen before bed.
The medical community uses ozone therapy to disinfect and treat ailments, improve the body’s intake and use of oxygen, and stimulate the immune system. Ozone therapy is yet another feature you can enjoy in an Alexis Therapeutic Walk-in Bathtub.
One of the most appealing aspects of going to the spa is that it is a multi-sensory experience. Likewise, engaging your sense of smell through aromatherapy can elevate your baths at home. The use of essential oils in the optional aromatherapy oil dispenser can heighten the therapeutic benefits of bathing.
WHAT ARE THE CONSTRUCTION CONSIDERATIONS?
An important consideration in any home renovation is measurement and size. You’ll want to make sure a large fixture, like a walk-in tub, will fit through the doors and hallways, as well as the room itself. Check that there is enough clearance to open the tub door. If not, you may need an inward swinging door. Bath Planet walk-in tubs are close to the same size as traditional tubs and fit into the same space as most existing standard bath or shower openings.
You’ll also want to look into your hot water tank to ensure it’s powerful enough to adequately fill the tub with hot water. A new water heater may be necessary in order to maximize the use of your tub. Norcal Remodeling Group’s consultants and contractors will assess your current hot water tank and provide you with a clear breakdown of your options and their associated costs.
A good contractor will be mindful that the subfloor of the bathroom is stable enough to withstand the load of the tub. Since walk-in tubs hold a lot more water than a standard tub, the weight is substantially higher. Modifications to the floor may be necessary during construction. At NorCal RG we take into consideration your current flooring situation and make the necessary changes crucial to the longevity of your installation.
As far as style, the Bath Planet Alexis Therapeutic tub’s classic look and color-matched baseboard trim allow it to blend seamlessly into an existing bathroom or bring a modern feel to a complete bathroom remodel. NorCal RG’s team of world-class design consultants will guide you through the selection process to create a beautifully designed space that lasts forever.
At Norcal Remodeling Group, our experts employee the same superior evaluation process that has made Bath Planet one of the top manufacturers in the bathroom remodeling industry. Our trusted team of professional consultants, talented designers, and skilled craftsmen will put their expertise to work to deliver not only a beautiful, spa-like retreat but also, peace of mind.
Since Bath Planet’s walk-in tubs are made from high-gloss acrylic, which is a non-porous material that prevents mold and mildew growth, it is fast and easy to clean. Resistant to chipping, cracking, staining, or fading, your tub will keep its sparkle for a lifetime. Stringent testing and evaluation have earned Bath Planet the prestigious Good Housekeeping Seal. The widely recognized consumer seal of approval qualifies Bath Planet’s acrylic products for a two-year limited warranty through Good Housekeeping. Details can be found on the Good Housekeeping Website.
Bath Planet was founded with the sole purpose of offering homeowners the best in quality products combined with first-rate customer service. Norcal Remodelling group is proud to be the exclusive Bath Planet dealer in Northern California’s Bay Area. We are a local, family-owned company that stands behind our work. If you’re ready to learn more about how we can install the walk-in bathtub of your dreams in just 1-to-3 day, call one of our representatives today.