For many seniors, the primary benefits of a walk-in bathtub are relatively apparent. The ability for a senior to bathe in comfort and safety goes a long way to preventing injury and extending the period during which seniors can remain in their own homes.
At Heavenly Walk-In tubs, our walk-in tubs are perfect for this and several other functions. Many people aren’t aware that these tubs hold significant additional benefits beyond the primary ones – what are some of these benefits, and could you or a loved one benefit from them? Let’s take a look.
For starters, while most seniors choose to use a portable or walk-in bathtub as just that, a little tinkering can give the tub additional purposes. The primary one here is the use of a walk-in tub as a shower, something these tubs easily convert to. Seniors can either sit down or stand up if they’re able, and some prefer the stream of water sensation. All the safety elements in the tub can be used for a showering situation as well as a seated bathing situation.
While the possibility for injury is obviously the largest concern when it comes to senior falls in the bathroom, avoided costs are a big factor also. The Center for Disease Control reports that the average hospital cost for a fall injury is $35,000 – a walk-in tub helps significantly lower the risk of such falls, and in the process lower the risk of this sort of expense.
In today’s day and age, more and more senior homeowners want to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. Costs of assisted living are rising sharply, and more people are turning to alternative solutions like home modifications. A walk-in tub is a perfect example – a function that improves safety and convenience without forcing a senior to leave their home.
It’s easy enough to forget about the basis for a portable or walk-in tub in the first place: bathing. Without a safer outlet to get clean, many seniors struggle with basic hygiene. This can lead to issues with confidence and self-esteem, which trickle down into other areas. A walk-in tub makes bathing easier, and therefore lowers the risk of neglected hygiene.
Want to learn more about the additional benefits of our walk-in or portable bathtubs? Speak to the experts at Heavenly Walk-In Tubs today.