A Guide to the Safe Step Walk-In Tub
Falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It takes just one wrong move to lose your balance and end up with a fractured hip, slipped disk, or head injury. Perhaps not surprisingly, such accidents often occur in the bathroom—especially in or around the tub or shower. The CDC has estimated that falls are responsible for about 80% of all bathroom injuries, including contusions, head trauma, hip fractures, strains, and sprains. Considering these risks, it makes sense to take preventive measures, such as switching to a walk-in tub and using non-slip bathtub strips.
“A walk-in tub offers safety features that most traditional tubs don’t have, which can make them a great choice for the elderly,” said Shawn Shambo, an occupational therapist, senior care specialist, and owner of Assisted Living Locators. “In general, walk-in tubs are safe because they have low thresholds and grab bars to help prevent falls. They are key for anyone with limited mobility or who cannot get up easily from a slippery tub.”
A good choice is the Safe Step Walk-In Tub, which comes with two built-in grab bars, anti-slip seating, and other safety features. What’s more, it can also be used as a whirlpool or hydrotherapy bathtub.
Safe Step has been in business since 2008, offering specialty walk-in tubs and showers designed with safety in mind. For example, the Safe Step Walk-In Tub is equipped with anti-scald valves for water temperature control. While the company’s products appeal mostly to older adults and people who have undergone surgery or have reduced mobility, cutting-edge features—including the ability to customize your bathing experience with the built-in LED keypad in addition to the waterproof remote control—can appeal to everyone in the family.
Pros and Cons of Safe Step Walk-In Tubs
If you’re ready to purchase a Safe Step tub, make sure you fully understand its advantages and drawbacks. Walk-in tubs can make your life easier, but they’re not for everyone.
Increased safety and comfort
Premium features for a spa-like experience
Multiple customization options
Anti-scald valves for temperature control
Quick fill and drain capability
Lowest price guarantee
No physical stores
No outward-opening door
Not wheelchair accessible (except for the Safe Step Walk-in Shower)
No emergency call button
About Safe Step Walk-in Tubs
Headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., the Safe Step Walk-In Tub Company is committed to helping older adults maintain their independence and enjoy a better quality of life. The company’s products are designed to make the bathroom safer and offer a spa-like experience for all ages. Each model can be personalized to your individual needs and comes with a lifetime warranty.
What makes Safe Step stand out is its strong focus on safety and convenience. The company’s walk-in tubs and showers come standard with chromotherapy, aromatherapy, and standout safety features for a luxurious bathing experience. Other manufacturers offer these perks too—but they often charge extra for them.
Safe Step also offers professional installation services for all of its tub models at no additional cost. Its plumbers are trained in walk-in tub and walk-in shower installation and can typically handle the job without the need for extensive remodeling. After an initial consultation, they will come to your home to remove the existing tub and install the Safe-Step walk-in tub or shower. The entire process usually takes just a day or two.
The company offers three models: walk-in tubs, walk-in showers, or hybrid tubs. Safe Step’s walk-in tubs are deeper than standard bathtubs and come with anti-slip flooring, handheld shower wands, and built-in grab bars, which make them suitable for people with limited mobility. The standard model isn’t as sophisticated as a hybrid tub, but it ticks all the boxes in terms of safety.
Safe Step Walk-In Tub Models
Safe Step Walk-In Tubs come in two different models, including a standard walk-in tub and a hybrid option for bathing and showering. (There’s also a third option, the Safe Step Walk-In Shower, which doesn’t include a bathtub.) All products are built for comfort and safety, but they have slightly different features and price points.
Let’s take a closer look at each model to help you make the right choice: