A walk-in tub is a vertical version of a traditional bathtub. A door on the side or front of the walk-in tub allows the bather to step over a very small threshold, often just a few inches in height. Once inside the tub, the bather can sit down in a pre-formed chair set at an approved ADA height. The bather shuts the door and activates the water faucets to fill the tub.
Because of the time required to fill and drain a walk-in tub, there is a risk of becoming chilled. As we age, our skin thins and our circulation slows, making us less able to conserve body heat or respond to chilly temperatures. These factors combine with health conditions such as diabetes that can make seniors more susceptible to hypothermia.