RETROFITTING THE HOME FOR YOUR GOLDEN YEARS

Reader's Digest (Canada) - - Health - Cather­ine Roberts

When Colin Gates’ 78-year-old mother couldn’t find a per­sonal sup­port worker she liked, she de­cided to take things into her own hands and look af­ter her­self. Un­for­tu­nately, it wasn’t long af­ter this de­ci­sion that she slipped and fell in the bath­room of her home.

Ac­cord­ing to Statis­tics Canada, over 50 per­cent of falls oc­cur in the home, while 95 per­cent of all hip frac­tures are caused by these types of falls — many in the bath­room. For many Cana­di­ans, mo­bil­ity chal­lenges present them­selves with age. When concerns about slips and falls be­come com­mon­place, it’s time to con­sider which life­style changes to make.

Gates’ mother de­cided to make the switch to a walk-in tub. “To her sur­prise,” says Gates, “she was able to find a level of in­de­pen­dence she hadn’t had in years.” Gates sus­tained an ac­ci­dent of his own, and sim­i­larly found ther­a­peu­tic re­lief from a walk-in tub. He later ac­quired the Safe Bathing Canada com­pany to give oth­ers peace of mind.

Walk­ing into dig­nity and healthy ag­ing

Walk-in tubs elim­i­nate the great­est ob­sta­cle to safe bathing — the process of get­ting in and out of a slip­pery tub. With the walk-in tub, swing­ing doors re­place the 20-inch step over needed to get into tra­di­tional bath­tubs with one short, safe step. This sig­nif­i­cantly re­duces the risk of falling for those with lim­ited mo­bil­ity.

Slip-re­sis­tant floor­ing, grab bars, and a raised seat mean all the con­trols, in­clud­ing the shower wand, are within easy reach. There is min­i­mal wait time as fill­ing the tub takes less than four min­utes, while drainage takes less than two. The seated hy­drother­apy ben­e­fits pro­vided by these unique tubs in­clude joint pain and mus­cle ten­sion re­lief. In­de­pen­dence and dig­nity are just around the cor­ner with a walk-in tub.

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