Walk In Bathtubs for Disabled and the Aging Population
The Baby Boomer generation has started to reach retirement age. With each passing year this generation is aging. Those, born between 1946 and 1964 account for 76 million babies that were born during this time. Over the next 18 years this large segment of our population will retire.
Walk In Tubs – A Growing Need
With the advancing of years comes the issues of limited mobility, our bodies just can’t perform as they once could. This is why we are seeing growing popularity in walk in bathtubs and showers. The advantage of these new products is that there is no need for stepping over and into regular bathtubs and showers because you can just walk in and sit down. Unfortunately as we age we begin to notice the limitations of our movements, particularly with the onset of such afflictions as arthritis, circulation problems, diabetes or osteoporosis.
Any person who suffers from problems with limited mobility from senior citizens to persons with physical handicaps will definitely benefit from the ease of using a walk in tub.
The difference between a walk in tub and a conventional bathtub is the side door. Instead of having to step up and over into a regular bathtub, you simply open the door and walk into the tub and sit down. This side door is sealed and watertight, so you don’t have to worry about any water leaking out of theses tubs. They come in several shapes and sizes to fit any bathroom. The door can open either inward or outward depending on the space available and the mobility requirements needed. Wheelchair accessible walk in tubs come with a larger door that makes it easier for someone to maneuver into the tub. They are also available with a large selection of features and options from hand held shower heads to water and air jets for a relaxing massage. The dual drain feature is important because it allows you to completely drain the tub in under two minutes (+-80 seconds) depending on the plumbing in the home. This is important because you can not exit the tub until it has emptied. Some models feature Infusion™ Microbubble Therapy for a relaxing therapeutic calming experience that offers many added benefits. The Thermostatic Control Valve option has an anti-scald feature that keeps the water at a consistent temperature and prevents water from suddenly shifting to unsafe temperature levels. Heated Seat and Backrest features offered for your walk-in bathtub help keep you warm as soon as you sit down and for the duration of your bath.
Walk in bathtubs and walk in showers are very beneficial for children who are caring for their elderly parents or anyone who has this responsibility. These tubs have become very popular in retirement homes and are of great benefit to anyone that is a caregiver for the elderly or those with limited mobility. There are many senior citizens who would much rather remain independent in their homes and avoid moving to a retirement care center.
Walk In Tubs Save Lives
The bathroom can be a hazardous area, especially for anyone with any kind of physical disability. Standard bathtubs can make the problem worse for folks with physical limitations and there is always the worry of slip and fall accidents.
Walk in tubs are easy to install, cost effective and can replace the current area occupied by a conventional bathtub. Walk in tubs help the elderly and physically handicapped to maintain their independence by allowing them to continue to care for their own personal cleanliness as long as possible.