Did you know that of all injuries sustained in the bathroom each year, almost 80% are sustained by seniors over the age of 65?
It’s true! Worse yet, a third of those falls resulted in some form of hospitalization. While this can be a worry for seniors, particularly those in their 70s and 80s, it doesn’t have to be a major headache.
In fact, as far as bathing is concerned, there are many options to explore that can improve your experience, help you avoid injury around the bathtub and shower, and even help you improve the quality of your sleep!
Aside from safety and sleep quality, there is another added benefit to installing a safety bath: you can stay in your home longer! After all, why risk losing the freedom you experience when living by yourself if you don’t have to? If the only thing holding you back from complete independence is trouble with your bathroom, then it can be a relatively easy problem to fix.
Below we’ll explore some of the benefits of installing a safety bath in your home, and how walk-in bathtubs can make a big difference in your life.
That’s right, getting in and out of the bathtub can be dangerous!
Women make up the majority of bathroom injuries, and academics speculate that the reason might have something to do with differences in physical activity, lower-body strength, bone mass or other factors.
Additionally, of all the injuries that are experienced in or around the bath, only a small minority of injuries occur when getting into the bath. The vast majority of slips occur when getting out of the bath. So what can we do to reduce injuries, and how can safety tubs help?
Bathroom Safety Solutions: Safety Tubs and Beyond
There are a number of easy solutions, features and options that can help improve the safety of your bathroom experience, particularly if you’re a senior yourself, but also if you’re helping to secure the home of an elder.
Since poor lighting accounts for some of the injuries sustained each year, improving the lighting in and around your bathroom can be a quick win. Installing non-slip shower mats and skid-proof bath mats is another relatively simple way to add a layer of safety.
Having grab bars installed near the bathtub and shower area is another great idea for seniors, as is using a shower chair, which allows you to sit while showering. Finally, there is the issue of installing some form of safety tub or safety bath, also sometimes referred to as a walk in bathtub.
Are Walk In Tubs Safe?
Yes, walk-in tubs are absolutely safe. In fact, buying and installing walk-in tubs is one of the best options you have when trying to improve your bathing experience and level of bathroom safety as you get older. Why are safety tubs so good for you?
When you have a regular tub, you have to step over a tall tub edge to get in and out, meaning you have to (briefly) balance on one leg. If you happen to be standing on a slippery surface, this can lead to a dangerous fall. Having weak core or lower body strength doesn’t help either.
Fortunately, with walk in tubs and safety baths, this problem can be avoided altogether. On top of that, almost every new product sold on the market is made of tough, durable components. Installation is relatively easy too!
When it comes to safety tubs, walk-in tubs, etc. many include options with grab bars built-in, and the wide variety of walk-in bathtubs are built to fit into any bathroom configuration or size.
No they don’t. When you do business with a company like Healthcare Solutions, you can rest easy knowing that all of their products are of the highest quality.
The safety bathtubs from Healthcare Solutions are built with solid steel frames, which means the door seal stays tight for life. Even better, this product has a lifetime warranty on their door seals.
How Much Do Safety Tubs Cost?
You can find a walk-in tub at a number of different price points. In many cases, the price will fluctuate based on some of the additional options you choose to add on to your purchase.
For example, with the So-Lo Walk-in Bathtub, you can pay as little as $208.78 per month if you prequalify, or you can pay for it outright for a price of $2,400.
If you wanted a walk-in bathtub a little more upscale, you might opt for the Panama Walk-In Bathtub. That model comes standard with high-flow taps, aluminium doors, a hand-held shower wand, slip-resistant floors, three grab bars, a Lifetime Warranty, and plenty more options. You might also try the Fairmont model, which starts at around $4,500.
All models can be customized as well, including optional add-ons such as:
Chromatherapy (LED Multi Color Lights)
Heated Seat Backs
Silicone Pillow Backrests
Silicone Seat Cushions
Ozonator Water Jet Sanitation System
L Shaped Tub Filler Panel
Bamboo Transfer Bench
And if you don’t feel like completely replacing your regular tub with a walk-in tub? There are also bathtub conversion kits you can buy for a lower price, helping you to convert a traditional tub and improve your safety and comfort without a more substantive cost.
Are There Advantages and Benefits to Taking Baths?
There are many advantages to taking baths, and the good news is that you don’t have to be using a walk-in tub or specialized safety bath to enjoy the benefits of a good bathing experience.
Baths can lead to a number of advantages for your health and wellbeing, and a lot of it has to do with hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy refers to the treatment of an illness through the use of water, both hot and cold. In the case of taking baths, we’re mostly referring to hot water hydrotherapy.
Hydrotherapy helps the body rid itself of harmful toxins that can lead to joint pain and inflammation. It also helps tight muscles relax, both in a physical and mental sense. Warm baths also help open up your capillaries, which promotes greater blood flow to all the areas of your body. This increased circulation is the primary method through which the body can heal itself.
Besides the stimulation to your immune system, the warm, moist air can also help decongest your lungs, clearing out your sinuses and making it easier to breathe. Finally, one of the most interesting benefits of using walk-in tubs is improved sleep.
Getting better rest has a number of domino-like positive effects, and can help the body in a number of ways. If you have trouble sleeping sometimes, then a warm bath can do wonders! Getting a good sleep can reduce the number of times you’re sick, help you stay at a healthier weight, lower your risk for issues like heart disease and diabetes, reduce your stress levels, and even improve your mood.
Get Your Walk-In Bathtub Today
If you’re interested in learning more about walk-in bathtubs, or have questions about the price or installation methods used, visit our website and explore the safety tubs, walk-in bathtubs and other options that are available.
And remember, at Healthcare Solutions, we don’t just have great products, we also provide great advice! Call us any time at 1-800-565-0333 and we can help you choose the best bathtub solution for your situation.