There’s nothing like a soothing, hot bath filled with fragrant bubbles to take away your aches and pains after a long day. For anyone suffering from sore joints or arthritis issues, a quick dip can provide instant relief.While a bath is proven to be therapeutic for the mind, body and soul, it can also be a dangerous, even deadly, spot for the elderly.
Did you know that more senior-related falls occur in the bathroom than any other room in the house? It’s true! The majority of these incidents involve getting in or out of a tub, according to the Center for Disease Control. As we age, the possibility of hurting ourselves from a fall increases due to experiencing difficulty with balance, vision and mobility. In fact, one in three adults over the age of 65 are estimated to fall each year.
Incidents can occur by stepping over the tub wall, slipping on wet floors, being unable to pull oneself out of the tub – even drowning is a possibility.
Have no fear; there’s no need to avoid taking a soothing bath. You can still enjoy a calming, refreshing soak by investing in a walk-in bathtub. Designed to let you enjoy a relaxing bath again, a walk-in tub comes with many bells and whistles that will keep you comfortable and safe, while allowing you to maintain your independence longer.
If you’re unsure of whether a walk-in tub is for you, here are 7 signs you may be ready to take the big plunge.
Nearly half of all injuries among seniors occur at home – the bathroom is particularly hazardous due to the risk of slipping, tripping and stumbling. The chance of injuring oneself increases for individuals over the age of 65. In particular, those who experience difficultly with balance, vision and mobility are likely to take a nasty tumble.1. Health & Mobility Concerns
A common reason for seniors to move into a care facility is being unable to bathe oneself due to fear of the tub or mobility issues. A walk-in bathtub is designed to allow you to walk in directly as opposed to having to climb in, eliminating the need for assistance while you bathe and reducing the risk of bathroom related injuries.
Many seniors limit or avoid ever taking a bath out for fear of falling. Yet by limiting tub time, they miss out on all the benefits a soak offers, such as alleviating aches, pains and stress.
As we age and become more prone to aches and pains, many of us begin to suffer from insomnia. For those opposed to taking any sleeping aids, a soothing ritual like a luxurious bubble bath while playing soft music can help increase your chances of having a good nights sleep.
There are many surprising benefits to taking a hot bath. Not only are they known to aid sleep and reduce stress, it can also combat cold and flu symptoms –the steam from the bath helps unclog nasal passages. Those with psoriasis may find relief by taking oatmeal baths. If you have problems with circulation, a hot bath can also help temporarily improve it by causing your arteries and veins to expand. As we age, we become more susceptible to muscle soreness and aches. Sometimes this can be the result of a certain medical conditions or just the side effects of aging. The aches and pains that accompany sore muscles can sometimes be difficult to endure and a nice hot bath is a relaxing way to soak away the discomfort. Depending on the model, a walk-in tub offers many features designed to improve your health, such as a hydrotherapy massage system, chromotherapy, aromatherapy and much more.
If aches, pains or mobility issues prevent you from washing those ”hard-to-reach” places during bath time, you may want to option for a walk-in bathtub that offers a Personal Hygiene Therapy feature. In these models, a bidet is a strategically placed jet in the seat of the tub, assuring each bather of unsurpassed comfort, cleanliness and safety in bathing.
Health and safety aside, a walk-in bathtub is also the ultimate luxury that’s attainable to most of us. It enables you to come home from a long, tiring day and indulge in some well-deserved “me time,” without the stress of having to climb in and out of a bathtub. A walk-in bath also has therapy features that a standard bathtub cannot provide. Not only is it a bathtub, it’s a complete therapy centre. Many models feature an orchestra of jets, all designed with your utmost comfort in mind. Some models are also equipped with built in chromotherapy features, which uses light to assist in relaxation to help reduce anxiety and to a promote a healthy well-being.
Even if you can only relate to one or two of the aforementioned signs, it may be time to invest in a walk-in tub so you can once again bathe at ease. Aside from being the ultimate way to unwind and find relief from any aches and pains, your new walk-in tub will allow you to bath without worry once again.
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