Walk In Tubs And Safety
People with a variety of health issues often find themselves left out in the cold when it comes to taking a warm bath. Getting into or out of a traditional bathtub can be dangerous, or even impossible, for anyone with chronic pain, physical limitations or mobility concerns.
According to the National Safety Council, nearly 400 people sustain bathtub-related injuries every day in the U.S. with one injury resulting in death each day. Elderly populations are especially at risk for bathing-related injuries or falls as seniors often lack the coordination, strength and balance necessary to step over the side of a bathtub, ease themselves down to a seated position, or raise themselves up and out of the bath.
St. James University Hospital conducted a survey on the bathing habits of elderly patients and found that 15 percent of those surveyed reported being stuck in their bathtubs as they lacked the strength to lift themselves out of the tub at the end of their bath. One suffered a heart attack while struggling to get out of the tub, one sustained pressure ulcers, some endured hypothermia from sitting in cold bath water and all suffered vivid memories of the experience and a fear of taking another tub bath.
These unfortunate injury statistics draw attention to the health benefits that are lost by people who cannot take a warm bath and warrants a look at ways to make bathing safer and more available for at-risk populations with walk-in bathtubs being a viable option.
Health Benefits of Taking a Warm Bath
-Relaxes tight muscles and loosens connective tissue to help ease aches, pains, cramps and joint stiffness
-Provides mental relaxation and feelings of calmness
-Improves blood circulation which enhances the flow of blood and oxygen throughout the body
-Rejuvenates skin by removing dry, flaky skin, especially when a small amount of baking soda is sprinkled in the bath water
-Soaking in an oatmeal bath helps ease itching caused by skin rashes and other dermatological conditions
How Walk-In Bathtubs Make Bathing Safer
People who find a traditional bathtub too challenging can opt for the safety and comfort of a walk-in bathtub. With a no-skid floor surface, comfortable seating and a threshold that is only a few inches high, walk-in bathtubs remove the fear of bathing for people suffering from a variety of health and mobility issues.
With so many safety features, there is no reason for everyone not to install new walk-in bathtubs. Feel better and be safe at the same time!