Bathing is a daily ritual of cleansing our bodies while, at the same time, maintaining our physical and emotional well-being.
Unfortunately for many seniors and people facing mobility problems, the act of taking a private, unassisted bath is a daily struggle, and all too often a luxury they do not have.
Nowadays, however, wheelchair accessible walk-in tubs are manufactured with a host of advanced safety features like non-slip surfaces, ADA compliant seats, easy to operate switches, outward swinging doors, safety grab bars, and so much more…
Apart from the many safety features, walk-in tubs can elevate and transform bathtime into a spa-like experience.
How Unsafe Can Bathing Really Be?
As we age, our reflexes, movement, and balance deteriorate. Bathroom accidents are far too common, with the latest statistics showing that 33% of people over the age of 65 slip and fall in the bathtub each year.
Beyond the age of 50, people begin to rely on equipment for bathing, followed by a strong dependence on other people, and eventually both.
According to a study by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR); in a community of 3.6 million seniors over the age of 65, at least 2.5 million indicated that bathing is their main disability problem.
Moreover, roughly 235,000 people in the U.S.A. alone are sent to the hospital each year for bathroom-related injuries. Of these incidents – 4 out of 5 are caused by falls. And this includes people who don’t even have a disability.
In 2008, more than 19,000 seniors died after sustaining injuries from unintentional falls. In fact, the leading cause of injury-related death among senior citizens is falling.
It is also interesting to note that, after the swimming pool, the bathtub is the second major site of drowning in the home. The bathroom has indeed become inaccessible for many.
Conventional Bathtubs Do Not Change To Meet Our Needs
Conventional tubs were they were never designed with specific needs in mind. Instead, they can create considerable amounts of physical and mental stress due to their lack of practical safety features.
For many, standard bathtubs, which are “ability specific”, are outdated, and they fail to meet any physical needs of individuals facing mobility problems. For wheelchair users, bathing takes on a whole different reality, and in today’s society, the inability to bathe oneself has become one of the major contributors towards institutionalization.
Walk-in tubs have revolutionized the way we view conventional bathing, and it has served to change countless lives.
A Walk-In Tub Solution
Because of the high level of activity associated with entering and exiting a tub, inadequate maneuvering space and slippery conditions greatly add to the problem. compounded
Being able to get in and out of a tub is the most critical aspect of bathing independently. Equally, poor balance and fear of falling affect many people’s ability to make safe transfers into the tub. When compounded with medication, fatigue, and heat, the bathtub becomes a deadly free-fall accident waiting to happen.
This is exactly what sets a walk-in tub apart. Several safety features have been specifically designed and seamlessly integrated into some of the most standard walk-in tubs available on the market today.
This new tub technology accomplishes the seemingly impossible by providing a product that is not only safe and accessible for all users (regardless of your age or disability), but affordable too.
Wheelchair-Friendly Walk-in Tubs Really
Wheelchair accessible walk-in tubs are made specifically to accommodate wheelchair users. Several models come standard with an easy-to-remove toe-kick front panel, allowing for lift capabilities, while others even feature a tub-lift chair that lowers you into the tub at the push of a button.
By passing the most rigorous testing, wheelchair-access walk-in tubs allow now allow for a safe and easy movement in, out, and about the tub.
Moreover, walk-in tubs‘ bariatric design also accommodates larger sized people. Most tubs are built for people weighing less than 300 lbs, but a walk-in tub can handle people weighing up to 600 lbs.
The Ultimate Walk-In Tub Therapy
Walk-in tubs actually have real psychological and physical health benefits..
In addition to the safety features, there several therapeutic features that can be added.
Walk-in tubs have elevated hydrotherapy to new heights with its aromatherapy, chromotherapy, and water massage jetting capabilities. Now your bathroom has the potential to be the ultimate healing sanctuary.
Hydrotherapy is actually a completely natural form of therapy that uses water pressure. It has the ability to ease sore muscles and it will literally turn your bathroom into a spa-like experience.
Strategically placed water jets and bubbles are used to gently massage the body and treat many conditions.
Just a few hydro tub sessions can successfully treat many conditions such as:
- Nerve problems
- Poor blood circulation
- Joint pain
- Depression and more…
A Safe Bathing Arena
Everyone should be able to bath unassisted, independently, and privately. If bathroom safety is the # 1 priority for you, it is also the most important reason you should be getting a walk-in tub.
A new walk-in tub will change your life forever.
Finally – a real solution! Why not regain some independence and feel assured that your safety is no longer compromised when you sit back and relax in a hydrotherapeutic, walk-in bubble bath.