Your loved one's happiness depends on their ability to be self-sufficient. Even when exercising regularly and eating a nutritious diet, an ageing person's balance and coordination can deteriorate. As a result, it's possible that you'll fall at some point.
Unfortunately, it just takes one unexpected fall for someone who was previously self-sufficient to require long-term help. A fall can be not only dangerous or fatal, but also extremely costly. A person who falls can suffer both physical and pecuniary consequences. Bills for assisted living, hospitals, and rehabilitation can quickly build up and devastate a person on a fixed income. Failure to address the most unsafe areas in the home where falls can happen can jeopardise a person's freedom and financial security.
The Facts on Senior Falls
One of the most serious dangers of independent living is falling.
Each year, one out of every three seniors over the age of 65 falls, according to the National Institute on Aging (NIA).
The risks of your loved one falling rise as they get older, with people over the age of 80 having a 50% probability of falling each year.
43% of the elderly fall and are unable to get up (Philips Lifeline).
40% of all falls result in admission to a nursing facility (Philips Lifeline).
These falls can result in injuries such as head trauma or fractures, both of which are harmful to one's health. For example, 25 percent of all seniors who suffer hip fractures are expected to die within six months to a year (NIA).
Where do the majority of falls occur?
Showering, one of the most basic daily actions, becomes increasingly risky as we age. In fact, the restroom accounts for a whopping 80 percent of senior falls (NIA). As a result, building a safer bathroom for your elderly relative is critical in order to avoid a life-threatening mishap.
What are the benefits of walk-in tubs for your loved one?
Why put so much at risk when there is a solution that not only reduces the chance of falling, but also adds incredible features not seen in ordinary bathtubs and showers? One of the most significant devices that can help the elderly stay safe at home is walk-in tubs. When it comes to bathing, a walk-in tub minimises the risk of falling significantly. Your loved one can just open a door and step in rather than climbing into the tub.
While on your anti-fall crusade, you may not need to rebuild your entire home. Take care of the one location where you're most likely to fall: your bathtub or shower. Fortunately, specialists have collaborated with engineers to create walk-in bathtubs with low step entry gates, safety bars, ADA-compliant seats, and non-skid surfaces.
In avoiding falls and protecting your health and independence, the combination of a low-step ingress/egress, state-of-the-art non-slip materials, and cutting-edge safety measures found in walk-in bathtubs can make all the difference.
However, here's a little known fact: walk-in bathtubs are also built to set the standard for luxury, relaxation, and even hydrotherapy! A mix of heat, buoyancy, and massage helps to relieve aches and pains. Walk-in baths can even help to relieve pain by encouraging the release of endorphins, which are the body's natural painkillers.
Massaging jets, calming bubbles, and even a deep soak capacity are all options for walk-in tubs. The innovative design is twice the depth of a standard bathtub, allowing for a fully submerged soak that is not restricted by the flow of the showerhead.
It needs specific innovations like this one as your loved one gets older to keep him or her happy and independent for as long as feasible.