Benefits of walk-in baths for the elderly

Benefits of walk-in baths for the elderly

As we get older, our bathing requirements can change with changes in our physical ability. Traditional bathtubs can suddenly present a series of complex problems for older people or those with mobility problems.

Walk-in baths can help alleviate these problems. But how exactly?

Hydrotherapy alleviates some symptoms

As we age, many of us suffer with stiffness of joints, arthritis, problems with circulation, and other age-related conditions. While these symptoms can be a source of daily pain, there are also some ways in which they can be alleviated.

Hydrotherapy has a long history of being used to alleviate pain. The use of water to help cure pain has been a remedy since the time of the ancient Egyptians.

By using a mixture of heat, buoyancy and gentle air pressure jets, you can ease away some aches and pains, and lessen the symptoms of other conditions.

This is because warm water releases tight muscles and stimulates the release of endorphins. This really helps in a walk-in bath, as you are fully submerged in the water at all points, so the water has a greater effect on your muscles and joints.

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If you’re interested in hydrotherapy in your walk-in tub, why not take a closer look at our Hydrovescent spa massage options?

Helps with mobility

Walk-in baths can also really help those with limited mobility. As the name suggests, walk-in baths allow you to simply walk in, without having to worry about navigating the sides of the bath.

With a low step entry threshold that can be as low as a few centimetres, getting in and out with mobility problems can be made a lot easier.

At Premier Bathrooms, we also offer grab rails to be fitted wherever you need them, so that no matter what your mobility is like, you can still access your bath whenever you need to. Browse our full range of walk-in baths.

Reduces risk of falls

As we age, our ability to balance decreases, which can result in more slips and falls. At an older age, these falls can have serious consequences too, often resulting in sprains and sometimes broken bones.

These falls are more common in the bathroom. Wet surfaces and high edges of the bath mean that trips and falls are more likely to happen.

However, with a walk-in bath, these risks are minimised. There are no more edges to climb over whilst bathing, and with the addition of features like grab rails, you are less likely to fall whilst bathing.

Can retain independence

One of the biggest benefits of a walk-in bath is being able to retain your independence as you grow older. Bathing is such a personal time that being able to do it by yourself really is a mark of independence.

For those who are looking to remain living at home, a walk-in bath can really help maximise the time that you spend in your own home.

If you’re looking to get a walk-in bath, why not see what we can do for you? Not sure a bath is for you? Check out our walk-in shower and wet room options too.