As our parents and loved ones get older, the bathroom becomes increasingly dangerous, especially with bathing or showering. As a result of the natural aging process, it can become difficult to stand for long periods of time. In the shower, the amount of strength and stamina required to bathe can cause fatigue that leads to accidents and falls. Bathtubs pose difficulty for seniors who find it difficult to return to a standing position safely after being seated so low to the floor in a bathtub. Bath chairs can aid in bathtub use, but the height of the side of the tub can still be a problem. Walk-in bathtubs have much higher sides than conventional bathtubs, with a convenient door that provides safe entry and exit allowing our aging loved ones to enjoy the benefits of hydrotherapy in comfort and security. By installing a walk-in tub, your aging parent or loved one can bathe in privacy and safety, allowing them to live independently with dignity. In addition to being safer, jetted walk-in tubs provide numerous health benefits:
- Arthritis: For seniors living with arthritis, the stiffness and pain in joints robs them of their mobility and puts them at risk for dangerous falls. Because water reduces weight by 90%, the pressure and inflammation are alleviated, allowing for greater flexibility. Warm water dilates blood vessels, allowing for greater circulation to joints and tissues, helping the body heal itself gently and naturally.
- Diabetes: The same dilation of blood vessels that benefits arthritis sufferers aids those who struggle with diabetes. Increasing blood flow to the extremities and vital organs can slow the progression of the disease, thereby preventing amputation and blindness. A paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that patients with diabetes who enjoyed hydrotherapy at home reported improved blood sugar levels, improved sleep and a greater sense of health.
- Cardiac Patients: A study conducted by the Mayo Clinic revealed that heart patients who underwent hydrotherapy experienced an increase in heart rate with a decrease in blood pressure, similar to what happens during exercise. Because mobility can be an issue in the later years, having access to gentle, effective exercise can make a real difference in quality of life and overall health.
At Factory Direct, we carry a full line of walk in tubs with features that can be tailored to your individual needs. With sizes and styles available to fit every home, the safety and security of a soothing, healthful walk-in tub is an affordable investment in your peace of mind. Call 1.800.748.4147 or fill out the form in the sidebar today to learn more about the benefits of walk-in tubs.