Adults ages 65 and up comprise the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population according to the Census Bureau. Americans are not only living longer than ever before. They are also staying active and independent well into their golden years.
As we get older, it is important to adapt our home environment to reflect the changes that come with aging. For many seniors, getting in and out of the bathtub can be difficult, and even painful. Walk-in bathtubs have grown in popularity in recent years because they make bathing safer and more accessible for older adults and individuals with limited mobility.
Here, we share the benefits of walk-in baths for seniors to help you decide if a bathroom update might be right for you.
What Is a Walk-in Bathtub?
A walk-in bathtub is a tub that has a watertight door that allows you to enter and exit the tub without having to step over a high tub wall, which can be challenging for some seniors. After closing the door, you can fill the walk-in bathtub with water. After bathing, you can drain the water, open the door, and safely step out of the tub.
Walk-in bathtubs from Re-Bath come with several aging and accessibility features that make bathing easier. We incorporate grab bars, slip-resistant flooring, and comfortable seating seamlessly into our designs for a safe and beautiful space.
The Advantages of Walk-In Baths for Seniors
Whether you are interested in a full bathroom remodel, or just want to replace your existing tub or shower, here are the top benefits of walk-in tubs.
1. Walk-in baths are ADA-compliant.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design provide clear guidelines to ensure public facilities and buildings are accessible to people of all ages with disabilities.
While private homes are not required to be ADA-compliant, anyone with limited mobility can benefit from ADA standards to move more safely and easily throughout their space. Re-Bath offers ADA-compliant bathroom remodeling solutions that include walk-in tubs with wide doors for easy access, strategically positioned grab bars, and non-slip tub surfaces.
2. Walk-in baths reduce the risk of falls.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in four seniors fall every year. And one in five falls results in a serious injury including fractures, sprains and strains, and head injuries.
Walk-in bathtubs make it easier to step in and out, without the need for lifting over a high threshold. Also, because walk-in baths have built-in seating, the risk of falling while standing is also reduced. If you don’t have space to accommodate a walk-in tub, consider Re-Baths low-threshold shower floors for safe and easy entry and exit.
Re-Bath’s patented DuraGard™ slip-resistant surfaces for tubs and showers also provide sure footing to prevent dangerous bathroom falls.
3. Walk-in baths come with therapeutic features.
If you’re looking for that spa-like experience that comes with a deep, soaking tub, you can expect the same relaxing features in your walk-in bath. You don’t have to compromise luxury and comfort for safety. Re-Bath models have unique details like heating pads and jets to help you relax and unwind as you soak the day away.
4. Walk-in baths and hydrotherapy offer valuable health benefits.
Research shows water therapy can be beneficial for pain, fatigue, and stiffness associated with arthritis and other age-related health conditions. Warm water allows the muscles to relax, eases pressure on the joints, reduces inflammation, and improves circulation.
Aside from all of the physical benefits, baths are also good for the mind and spirit. According to the Cleveland Clinic, warm baths help to reduce stress and encourage balanced serotonin levels, which can boost moods and provide an overall sense of well-being.
5. Walk-in baths fit any design style.
Whether your taste is contemporary or classic, modern or traditional, Re-Bath walk-in baths, and traditional showers and tubs are made to match any design style. We offer doors that swing inward and outward, and your choice of chrome or brushed fixtures to blend in seamlessly with your décor.
Our experienced design consultants work closely with you to provide custom bathroom remodeling solutions to meet your accessibility goals, your budget, and your taste.
6. Walk-in baths are an investment in your future.
Planning is an essential part of any bathroom remodel. Sure, we can update your space for today. But have you considered how your needs may change in the future? Looking ahead, you might want to consider the benefits of installing a walk-in bathtub now instead of incurring the added expense of making the conversion later in life. And because they function just like a traditional tub, walk-in baths typically offer a good ROI, especially if you live in a community where residents are more likely to be elderly or experience mobility challenges.
7. Walk-in baths help seniors age in place.
A 2021 survey from AARP found that 77% of adults 50 and older want to remain in their homes long-term. With accessibility and mobility modifications, more seniors are able to age in place. Walk-in baths for seniors make it possible for older adults to bathe independently, and with assistance, in the comfort of their own homes.
8. Walk-in baths can be installed in as little as a day.
The Re-Bath design process begins with an in-home consultation. Your design consultant views and measures your space, and discusses your remodeling needs. Next, you choose from a wide range of walk-in bath styles and features. Based on your selections, we provide a no-obligation quote at your appointment.
Once your custom walk-in bathtub arrives, it’s time for installation. Our crew carefully prepares your bathroom, removes your old tub or shower, and replaces your new tub and fixtures. Installation for a walk-in bath can take as little as a day. Complete bathroom remodels generally require additional time.)
Re-Bath is unique because we continue to assist you after your walk-in bath installation is done. Not only do we back up our products and services with warranties. But we also provide a list of recommended cleaning products and tips to keep your new walk-in bathtub looking and functioning at its very best.
Call 800-216-8526 or connect online to schedule a free design consultation today.