Bathroom Safety at Home-Bathing Safety

According to a new CDC study published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), an estimated 234,000 people ages 15 and older were treated in U.S. emergency departments (ED) in 2008 for injuries that occurred in bathrooms. Four out of 5 of these injuries were caused by falls—which can have especially serious consequences for older adults. Almost one-third (30 percent) of adults aged 65 and above who were injured in bathrooms were diagnosed with fractures. Among adults aged 85 and older, 38 percent were hospitalized as a result of their injuries. Certain home safety measures may reduce the risk for all household members of being injured in the bathroom. Safe steps are a must – and can be achieve by simply adding non-slip surfaces to reduce slips and easily accessible grab bars for added support, along with walkin tubs..

The takeaway? Avoid fall risk in the bathroom with a walk-in bathtub.

Resources

Aging In Place

American Diabetes Association

Contact Bathing Safety

The Many Health and Safety Benefits of Walk-In Bathtubs

Quite apart from the need for daily bathing, walk-in tubs offer many health benefits. Soaker tubs help:

  • Relax muscle tension
  • Relieve stress
  • Prevent and address pain in muscles and joints
  • Promote circulation
  • Enable stretching
  • Reduce the effects of chronic pain conditions, such as fibromyalgia
  • Provide support for injured or painful joints

A walk-in bathtub can provide these benefits just as easily as a regular bathtub while offering much more safety.

A walk-in tub will allow you to sit in a comfortable, supported position while you receive all the benefits of a good soak.

 

While an ordinary bathtub allows you to soak, the aging process may limit the strength or coordination to lower yourself safely into it. You may also come to the point where you can no longer sit all the way down in the basin to enjoy the immersion benefits of hot water. A walk-in tub with a door and a seat will allow you to enter and exit safely. You can sit in a comfortable, supported position while you receive all the benefits of a good soak.

While everyone needs to bathe, traditional tub bathing becomes more and more dangerous for seniors as they lose strength and fitness. An option that doesn’t involve climbing up and over a slick surface or standing in a slippery shower greatly reduces the chances that an elderly person will take a tumble.

How Does a Walk-In Tub Work?

Walk-in shower units are a common feature in most modern homes. They use glass walls to enclose the showering area, sometimes provide access to the showering area by means of a water-resistant door and door frame, and sometimes include a seat in one corner.

In the tub version, the door into the bathing area is watertight while still allowing ground-level access. Essentially, the walk-in tub is a modern bathtub used in much the same way as any tub: it is a vessel that fills up with hot water, allowing a person to immerse themselves. The main difference is that walk-in tubs have a door in the side. To prevent spills, you must close the door before filling the tub. This means that you must enter the tub before turning the water on and can only get back out after all the water drains.

Walk-in tubs typically include all of the safety features that the elderly use to modify traditional bathrooms: grab bars, seats, nonslip surfaces, and other measures. You’ll have all of these features in one place and positioned for maximum safety and mobility in your bath.