Splish, Splash––Are You Taking a Bath?
“Splish, splash I was taking a bath
Long about a Saturday night
A rub-a-dub, just relaxing in the tub
Thinking everything was alright
Well, I stepped out of the tub, put my feet on the floor…”
Unfortunately for seniors, the next line of this oldie but goodie from Bobby Darin, might be “I went slipping and a sliding – bumped my head on the door!” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more that one-third, or 11 million adults age 65 and older, fall each year in the United States. Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths and the most common cause of non-fatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma.
Statistics show that 67% of falls occur in the bathroom. Using non-slip mats on the floor, in bath tubs and showers, and eliminating throw rugs are first steps to improving safety. An increasingly popular safety feature is the installation of a walk-in bath tub. The contoured anti-slip, built in seat and floor insures that an individual can safely and independently take a bath, one of life’s simple pleasures!
An added feature to the safety of a walk-in tub is the therapeutic value of the hydrotherapy jet system. Use of hydrotherapy improves circulation problems, diabetes, neuropathy, insomnia, muscular pain, arthritis, and many other chronic health conditions.
The purchase of a walk-in tub may be the key to independence for a senior wishing to remain in their home, and can reduce the time and expense for caretakers. In most cases, bathrooms can easily be reconfigured for walk-in tubs. When Best Buy Walk-In Bath Tubs installs a tub, the installation fee is included in the price and the bathroom modifications often including widening the door to accommodate walkers.
So next time you are “reeling with the feeling, moving and a grooving,” make sure you are safe as you step out of the tub and able to go and put your “dancin’ shoes on, yah…”