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Showers should be invigorating and uplifting, a ritual you look forward to. They should wash away the dirt of the day and leave you feeling fresh and ready to go. They shouldn’t be something you fear, or something that threatens your safety. They shouldn’t put obstacles in your way or cloud your morning with worry. Unfortunately for many seniors, a typical shower presents safety hazards every time they use it.

If the shower is in a bathtub, a person must step over the side every time they get in or out, and they must stand on the tub’s porcelain or fiberglass bottom while they shower. If the shower is a standalone shower, the tile on the floor can become slick and cause a fall when a person is getting in or out, leaning over to pick up a dropped bar of soap or turning around to rinse off.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the bathroom is the most dangerous room in the house, and that’s in large part due to falls. Every year, nearly 3 million seniors make emergency room visits after having fallen, and 10 percent – 300,000 – are hospitalized because they have hip fractures. Falls are also the most common cause of traumatic brain injury(1).

It’s tempting to think, “But I’ve never fallen.” That’s wonderful, and we want that to continue, because even the first fall can be devastating to a senior’s health and lifestyle afterward. Concussions or broken bones can sometimes take months to heal, often in a hospital and a rehabilitation facility rather than at home. If you have broken an arm or a wrist, you may be in a cast or a sling for weeks. If you have a broken hip, you may need surgery to repair the hip followed by physical therapy to recover. And here’s a statistic we hate to see: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institute on Aging says that as many as half of those who are hospitalized with a broken hip never return to independent living.

Why are injuries to seniors so debilitating?

For a few reasons:

  • Our bones do weaken with age, and they simply aren’t as able to take as many significant bumps and bruises as they were when we were younger. In addition, seniors often are dealing with arthritis, back problems or sciatica, which can make them less stable in a slippery environment.
  • Recovery does take longer when we are older, and it can be more difficult to return all the way back to where we were before the injury. We may not be as mobile as we were previously, or we may need help to do some things we used to do by ourselves.
  • A fall that results in an injury also hurts our self-confidence. So we get overly careful, timid even, about doing things that could possibly result in a fall. And that’s a hard way to live emotionally.

How Designed for Seniors Walk-in Shower helps

We understand that independent life in your home is important to you, and we believe we can help. The Designed for Seniors Hydrotherapy Shower can mitigate the hazards of a typical shower, help prevent a significant injury and return your shower to what it should be – easy, useful and enjoyable.

Wait, you say. It’s just a shower; how is it also hydrotherapy?

There are two massaging shower jets (one of them can be handheld), and behind the secured bench seat are four Designed for Seniors water jets. They can deliver warm massaging water to your muscles as you sit and relax (anti-scald protection means you don’t have to worry about accidentally setting the temperature too high). If you’ve stopped using your bathtub because it’s difficult to lower yourself into it or lift yourself out of it, this restores some of the therapeutic benefits that soaking in a tub can bring.

If all you need is your regular daily shower, the bench seat easily folds up and out of the way. The flooring is slip-resistant, regardless of whether it’s wet or dry. There are six shelves built into the corners, which gives plenty of space for soap, shampoos and other shower needs. And we’ve placed grab bars exactly where you need them for the most security.

Designed for Seniors is a trusted brand with more than 50 years’ experience. We manufacture our showers in the United States, which means we control the quality. We install them professionally in your home (in the space of your existing tub/shower), and we don’t leave until you’re happy.

(1 )  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Important Facts about Falls

(2 )  National Institute on Aging, NISHSeniorHealth Adds Information on Falls