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As people get older, they often have to deal with a variety of aches and pains. A lifetime of hard work in physical activity can result in stiff joints and considerable difficulty in doing things you used to do easily. One of these activities is taking a bath. Traditional bathtubs and showers offer several obstacles to seniors. Whereas shower is a problem because you might have trouble standing for a long time, conventional tubs can be difficult to get in and out of.
Trying to get up from a tub is like trying to stand up off of a slippery floor, and just as dangerous.
Shower Chair Problems
Many seniors attempt to solve the problems they face getting in and out of a bathtub by installing a shower chair. Usually made of aluminum or plastic, this is really nothing but a chair sitting in a bathtub. But when you're getting in and out of the tub, you still have to live your leg up over the side of the tub, and trying to take a shower while sitting in a chair isn't easy. Fortunately, there is another option these days.
Walk-in tubs are designed so that those with problems getting in and out of an ordinary tub will still be able to enjoy the benefits of taking a bath. You might be surprised by the fact that the sides of walk-in tubs are quite a bit higher than traditional tubs.
However, seniors and others with mobility problems are able to easily access the tub via a door in the side. When the door closes, a watertight seal keeps all the water in the tub inside. The seating area inside a walk-in tub is built into the unit, making sitting down and standing up relatively easy.
Most walk-in tubs are designed with hydrotherapy water jets that can be used to massage tired muscles and aching joints. One of the best things about hydrotherapy in a walk-in tub is that (unlike a hot tub) there is no additional maintenance required. In addition, while it can be very tricky to get in and out of a hot tub, most people can walk into and out of a walk-in tub.
Moreover, while a hot tub is not designed for bathing, a walk-in tub allows you to do both at the same time. And instead of being installed on your patio or deck, your walk-in tub (with its hydrotherapy jets) sits conveniently in your bathroom. For more help, contact a company like A Gareleck & Sons Inc. to learn more.Share