As we age and begin losing balance and mobility, many of our daily activities – like bathing – can become difficult or even impossible. This can become a major cause of stress and anxiety for many seniors.
Falls are the leading cause of injury among older Canadians, according to a study from Government of Canada, with 20 to 30 per cent of seniors experiencing one or more falls each year. A large percentage of these falls occur in the bathroom, making the fear of falling or not being able to get out of the tub among the most common worries for many seniors today.
“Most of my clients are over 70 years old and are experiencing mild to severe mobility issues,” says Bruce Perkins, owner of Walk-In Tubs Fraser Valley and here on Vancouver Island, Island Walk-In Tubs. “They’re so grateful and fall in love with their new tub and the independence it gives them. It really is a wonderful business to be a part of!”
Studies show that installing a walk-in tub can allow seniors to live independently for an additional five years. A walk-in tub is much safer than a conventional bathtub, enabling you to sit down and bathe in comfort.
With seven different configurations and large doors that open, the bather can walk in and sit on a 17-inch-high seat. Once the door is closed and locked, the tub rapidly fills with water around the bather who is sitting comfortably and safely inside. With three grab bars built into the tub and easily accessible taps and controls, the bath is filled and emptied with ease.
Optional barrier free shower
“For clients who would like to shower rather than bathe, the Phoenix easy walk-in or roll-in access shower is a great option for mobility impaired people,” Perkins says.
With a barrier of 3/4″ threshold, entry is easy, allowing even walkers and wheelchairs to be wheeled right into the shower.
The shower features two or more stainless steel grab bars to aid in maneuvering and balance, a hand-held shower wand with glide bar allowing you to position water wherever you want, and optional padded seats to allow you to sit comfortably while you shower. The unit also comes with a shower rod, curtain and rings, and optional sliding glass door.
The B.C. and Federal Governments are helping many people who decide to purchase a walk-in tub or shower with a tax credit, a Provincial Sales Tax waiver and in qualifying cases, a $7,500 Government Grant.
“There’s a tub or shower that will suit your needs, and fit into any bathroom,” Perkins says. “If you have mobility issues, retrofitting your bathroom with a walk-in tub or shower could be one of the best investments you can make, helping you age comfortably and independently in the home you love.”