The life changing benefits of walk-in tubs
Face it: You’re getting older. Whether you’ve discovered arthritis, joint pain, or taken an elderly fall, life is definitely fraught with more risks than it used to be, and safety is a concern more and more often. That said, don’t deny yourself the healing benefits of a good soak just because you’re not as spry as you used to be. Walk-in bathtubs will change your life, lower the inherent risks of your bathroom, and ensure your safety and well-being.
CONVENIENCE AND SAFETY
The sealing on walk-in tub doors ensures that water stays in the tub and doesn’t flood the bathroom, putting you at risk. Many tubs—which usually require professional installation—have fast-draining capabilities so bathers don’t need to sit in the tub once they’re finished. Walk-in tubs also have many options including adjustable bubble jets, handrails, adjustable shower heads, and luxury tub seating.
Elderly care is first and foremost a priority and duty of the elderly and their family and partners. One of the best ways to take care of yourself in your elder years is with the healing benefits of a walk-in tub. A walk-in tub, by virtue of convenience and accessibility, can soothe and ease the pain of arthritis, joint pain, lingering pain from an elderly fall, and offer a respite from the day-to-day pains that come with getting older. If you are in the market for a product that will improve your quality of life while making your life and home inherently safer.
A few important variables for the elderly to consider when making the move to a walk-in tub:
The main and most obvious benefit of a walk-in tub is convenience, because a walk-in tub ensures that there will be no more need to step over a slippery, overly high wall to get into the tub. A door opening in the front wall of the tub makes it easy to slide in and relax while bathing.
The elderly and anyone with a handicap or in need of increased accessibility have the added risk of falling when entering or exiting a bathtub. Walk-in bathtubs alleviate stress both for the elderly and their family or caregivers. The added safety of grab bars and other amenities greatly lower the risk for the elderly bather.
A bath is one of life’s great luxuries. So is independence. Being unable to bathe without help can be frustrating for the elderly, especially if the reward of a day of joint pain and arthritis is a warm soak. The safety, design, and lessened risk of walk-in bathtubs allow the elderly to regain and maintain their independence.
LUXURY AND AFFORDABILITY
It’s likely that after a few weeks, you’re going to wish you had a walk-in tub when you were young! Walk-in bathtubs offer therapeutic options like hydrotherapy, chromotherapy, and molded seats. It’s like having a spa right in your home. Actually, it is having a spa right in your home.
When considering safety of the elderly, comfort, and independence, how can you not invest in a walk-in tub? Alleviating joint pain and arthritis is priceless! A luxury? Only in practice. Walk-in bathtubs are affordable and a well-researched, good model will last and function as long as you have the time to enjoy its benefits.
Walk-in tubs, besides the benefits for those with joint and arthritis pain, have been recommended for the elderly with diabetes, Alzheimer’s, heart health issues, sleep disorders, and various other stress-related conditions. But beyond health, the ability to be independent, soothe joint and arthritis pain, lower bathing risks, and safety, there are other benefits to a walk-in tub for the elderly.
Your hygiene and will improve while combatting mobility issues. You’ll avoid the risk of the high costs of medical treatment and aftercare in the case of a fall. And, more importantly to many elderly, you’ll be able to ensure you “age in place,” a term the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention uses to describe “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.”