According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 157,000 people are admitted to the Emergency department every year because of injuries that happen in a shower or bathtub. According the same study, the risk goes up for individuals over the age of sixty-five.
As a person gets older, getting around can sometime become a little more difficult. Sore joints, arthritis and muscle pain can make bending down a slower process; everyday tasks can become a bit more trying.
Bathroom Safety is Paramount
Taking a bath or shower can be especially intimidating for someone who is having trouble getting around. The danger of slipping on the wet surface of a bathtub or shower is very real and a constant threat to safety.
Creating a safe bathtub experience is of paramount importance to an older person with limited mobility. Walk in baths and showers are a wonderful alternative to the regular bathtubs. The dangers of slippery bathtubs floors are eliminated and bath time can go from being a stressful experience to one of comfort and joy.
Walk in Baths and Showers are Safer
Here are some ways that the walk in baths and showers provide a safer experience than the traditional bathtub:
- A raised seat means that an individual is not required to lower himself down but rather can sit down immediately upon entering the shower or tub, lessening the risk of twisting and injuring.
- A person does not have to worry about slipping on the floor because they can sit down right away. The risk of falling is eliminated.
- The one-piece construction allows for easier cleaning and less mold buildup.
Having a secure bath or shower time with walk in bath and shower products can help the older adult gain back confidence as she is able to perform this everyday task with competence and without assistance.
Check with South Shore Dream Bath for a full range of bath and shower products. We are experts in helping you choose what system will work best for you.