Benefits of walk-in baths for the elderly
As we get older, our bathing requirements may need adjusting with the physical changes that take place. Traditional bathtubs can suddenly present a series of problems for elderly people or those with mobility problems.
Walk-in baths are exceptionally beneficial in this situation and can alleviate some of the problems and stresses that people with limited mobility experience with their bathing. But how exactly can walk-in baths benefit elderly people?
1. Help with overall mobility
The first benefit of a walk-in bath is that they can really help those with limited mobility. As the name suggests, walk-in baths allow you to simply walk into the bath without the need to step over a high threshold or surface, which can potentially save the person from having an injury from a slip or even general discomfort from entering the bath.
With a low step entry threshold (which can be as low as a few centimetres) getting in and out with mobility problems can be made a lot easier.
Walk-in baths also can have grab rails fitted wherever you need them, to make the process of entering the bath even easier. No matter what your mobility is like, you can still access your bath whenever you need to.
Read our detailed guide to learn how to use our walk-in baths.
2. Reduce the risk of falls
As we age, we can lose our sense of balance to an extent, potentially resulting 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. The risk of slipping has never been lower with the increased emphasis on safety that a walk-in bath offers.
3. Increase your 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. By making the whole bathing process easier, it means that many people can still remain at home as they get older.
4. Can have mobility aids fitted to increase safety
As mentioned above, another benefit of walk-in baths for elderly persons is that mobility aids – such as grab rails – can be fitted to the bath so that people entering and exiting have another support to ensure that they are safe.
While the baths themselves have already been designed to minimise any potential risk, adding in extra mobility aid features is another way you can add extra support if you need it.
5. Can include luxury options like hydrotherapy spa massage
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.
If you’re interested in hydrotherapy in your walk-in tub, why not take a closer look at our Hydrovescent spa massage options?
Lastly, alongside all these features that make walk-in baths beneficial for those who need a bit of extra help bathing, they are stylish and integrate beautifully into your existing bathroom.
You shouldn’t have to compromise on the aesthetics of your bathroom space when considering safety. So, 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.