Independence within our own homes is something that many people can take for granted until it is taken away. We have the security and freedom to live as we choose, until disability, illness or old age suddenly make tasks more difficult. Bathing is one regular task that can become difficult with time, especially in traditional tubs. Walk-in tubs are a great alternative to provide a little more independence for seniors and disabled users at home.
Walk in baths for independent living for elderly residents
There are lots of seniors that get to a stage in life when they have to consider additional support. There will be a point where it is no longer safe and viable for older relatives to climb into a bathtub, or have their partner help them in. There are too many risks. One option is to bring in a carer to call in each morning and help them into the tub. If this is not possible, some grown-up children may consider moving their parent to sheltered accommodation for heath and safety. This is a distressing idea for those that want an independent life in their own home. If mobility is the only issue, there has to be an at-home solution.
Walk in baths provide that solution by offering an easier way to get into the tub. All users have to do is open the door, walk in and sit down at the seated area. The tubs then fill with water at the required temperature. From there the experience is much the same as regular bathing. Seniors can continue their same routines, in the same room. They can listen to the radio, use their favorite soaps and enjoy the security that comes with bathing in their own home. Once finished, the tub will drain and then users can step out. It is a safe, simple process that many seniors can handle on their own.
Walk in baths for independent living for those with disabilities
Then there are those younger users that may require a walk-in tub due to disability. People that develop chronic illness, mobility issues and other conditions may lose the ability to use a normal bath on their own. Amputees, paraplegics and those with limb weaknesses can’t climb in and lie in the tub in the same way. One solution here, as with seniors, could be to call on help from carers. This can be humiliating for some that were once able bodied. The better solution – where applicable – is to adapt the bathroom for independent living. The more that people can do themselves, the more confidence they have and they better their mental health.
Walk in bath tubs wont be suitable for all conditions. But, many people find that this entry system, the seated area and general design are helpful. There is less risk of injury or any balance issues this way. The added benefit of some of these tubs is that they are also therapeutic devices. Some walk-in tubs have water and air jets for massage and pain management. This means that a personal bath tub isn’t just a tool for independent bathing, but also a hydrotherapy system. Some also have chromotherapy lighting to add to the experience. Whatever the reason behind the purchase, these walk-in tubs can provide the independence that users need.