Posted on November 22nd, 2017.

One of the biggest compromises that the elderly have to make with progressing age is enjoying an independent life. As their body begins to lose its former vigor, even the simplest and most mundane of tasks starts posing a significant safety challenge. Take bathing for example. It is something that most people don’t give too much thought to. But for a senior, managing their daily hygiene routine is like navigating a landmine full of safety risks and fall hazards. This is where step-in bathtubs can help make their life a little easier. Let’s explore 3 features that make this bathroom fixture suitable for use by seniors.

Door for easy access

The name of step-in bathtubs gives away the fact that they allow a user to ‘step in’ to the bathing area of the tub rather than follow the usual climbing in routine. These tubs have a door located on the side of the tub which can be used to enter and exit the tub with ease, without the need to manage the significant overstep that is part and parcel with using conventional tubs.

Slip resistant surfaces

Step-in tubs are designed with anti-slip technology that provides better grip on surfaces, especially the floor of the tub that can prove to be a major slipping hazard. Each surface is textured and contoured to ensure there is enough friction to prevent accidents and injuries that may result from a user falling/tripping over a smooth floored tub.

Seat for comfort

Most models of step-in bathtubs come equipped with a built-in seat that allows users to assume a comfortable chair like sitting position while bathing rather than having to sit all the way down on the floor of the tub. This prevents the need for a user to crouch down and hoist themselves up every time they get in and out of the tub while managing their daily bathing routine.

By providing these basic three features, step-in bathtubs allow senior users to manage their regular hygiene chores without seeking assistance from another person. And that can make a vast difference in how confidently and independently they are leading their life. What do you think?