Who doesn’t enjoy a nice hot bath? Bathing is more than just a necessity, for some bathing is a way to wind down and relax after a long day. For many, bathing is no longer an enjoyment it has become a hazard.
Wet slippery floors, high tub walls to step over, and confined spaces can make bathrooms dangerous for just about anyone, let alone the elderly and people with limited mobility.
The bathroom is often considered the second most dangerous room in the house, next to the kitchen! Over a third of the elderly required hospital admission following a bathroom incident. Often times this is from attempting to get in or out of a tub or slipping in the shower can cause serious injury.
Bathing is a difficult task for a large number of the America’s elderly, there are approximately 3 million persons (12 percent in the community of over 65) who have difficulty with at least one Activity of Daily Living or mobility . . . ADL and mobility difficulties affecting the greatest number of elderly were bathing.
According to the National Safety Council, one person dies every day from using bathtub/shower in the United States. Of the 24,000 accidental deaths of people over the age of 65 every year, many are bathing related.
While these numbers are staggering, often times it can be as simple as replacing the means to bathe that can make all the difference in a family member being able to continue to live home unassisted. Installing a walk in tub can bring safety and independence along with many other benefits.
Benefits of a walk in tub include; they soothe muscles and joints, improves circulation, reduces stress, can help improve sleep patterns, increases independence and provides versatility.
Is a Walk in Bathtub Right for You?
If you suffer from any number of ailments including Arthritis, Joint Pain & Stiffness, Poor Circulation, Fibrosis, Rheumatism, Insomnia, Parkinson’s, High Blood Pressure, Lumbago, Varicose Veins, & more… as well as Knee Replacement, Hip Replacement, Muscle Strains & Sprains & Stiffness, or if you have slipped, fallen or have trouble getting in or especially getting out of the bathtub – A Walk-in Bathtub is Right for You!!
Before the unthinkable happens to your loved one, look into A Walk in bathtub to keep your family member safe and away from harm.