If an elderly loved one has fallen over in the bathroom, it must be a priority to make the bathroom a safe place. A walk-in bath will give them the security they need while maintaining independence.
The bathroom is undoubtedly the most dangerous place in the home. The hard flooring and wet surfaces make it especially hazardous when older adults attempt to step in and out of bathtubs and showers. Deteriorating eyesight and balance, as well as conditions like arthritis, make the elderly particularly vulnerable to falling over.
Bathroom Accidents Common
Over two-thirds of accidental injuries take place in a bathtub or shower. One in three seniors over the age of 65 will experience a fall in any given year. The majority of accidents, 80% to be exact, occur in the bathroom. Walk-in bathtubs for seniors are recommended, to reduce the risk of accidents while bathing.
Safety Features of a Walk-In Bathtub
Heavenly Walk In Tubs presents some of the latest features in walk-in bathtubs:
Door Opening Access – Bathers can get in and out of the tub via a side door, eliminating the need to step over to get into the tub. There are also versions for wheelchair users that have a drop-down panel to allow for barrier-free transfer from the wheelchair to the tub.
Grab Handles – These provide added security when standing up.
Non-Slip Surface – Some models of walk-in bathtub come with an integral non-slip surface. The quick-drying surface assures users that there is no residue remaining when the bather exits the tub. This helps prevent slippage.
A Comfortable, Heated Seat – Lying in a bath can be painful for some seniors if they have mobility problems or joint pain. Some types of walk-in bath feature heated seats, so they can remain in a sitting position while submerged. The heated option is good for keeping warm while the tub drains.
Temperature Controlled Faucets – The faucets are temperature controlled so the water will never come out too hot.
Walk-in tubs help seniors continue to bathe independently without the slip hazards associated with a standard bath, making these fixtures an excellent choice for people with reduced mobility.