While walk-in tubs are certainly beneficial for someone with a disability or serious mobility issues, they’re the safer bathing option for all seniors. What makes them safer? Here are just a few of the reasons:
- Low entry step – You don’t have to have reduced mobility to appreciate easy access to your bathtub. Climbing over a high tub wall can be slippery and dangerous, and having a safer way to exit and enter your tub can prevent serious falls.
- Safety handles – A slippery tub is a major fall hazard, and senior citizens have a much harder time recovering from those kinds of falls than others. Even if you have decent mobility, holding onto a handle as you step on a slippery surface is always a good idea.
- Scald prevention – Being scalded by hot water is a danger for people of all ages. Most walk-in tubs come with anti-scald technology built-in, so you don’t have to worry about accidentally burning yourself in your tub water.
- Maintaining mobility – Mobility loss as you age is normal, and it’s possible you could begin losing some mobility soon. But regular, warm baths (especially with massaging jets) can keep your muscles relaxed and your joints from getting too stiff, helping maintain greater mobility.
- Sitting upright – Sitting in an awkward position can easily cause stiffness and pain in your back. Walk-in tubs have an upright seat that’s more comfortable, preventing back injury from sitting in a low-reclined position.