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If you’re considering a walk-in tub, chances are you’re thinking about safety, either for yourself or for a family member. And that’s smart, because the statistics on falls can be startling.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention keeps annual statistics on falls. Every year, 2.8 million seniors are seen in the emergency room because they have fallen, and 300,000 are hospitalized for hip fractures. In addition, falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (1). Other kinds of injuries from falls include muscle sprains and broken wrist, arm or ankle bones.

What the statistics don’t show is the toll that a fall takes on a person’s health, independence and self-confidence.

Before a fall, a senior might be living independently, perhaps in his or her own home. Daily life might include working on hobbies around the house, cooking, taking care of a pet, running errands and visiting family and friends.

But life changes in an instant. After a fall, that treasured independence may feel threatened. There could be weeks or months of physical recovery and rehabilitation. Mentally, a person might feel hesitant, even fearful, of falling again.

As many as half of those hospitalized with a broken hip never return to independent living, according to the National Institute on Aging (2).

Designed for Seniors wants you to avoid ever having to be in that situation, by preventing it before it happens. Our walk-in tubs immediately increase the level of safety in the home, by eliminating and mitigating the problems that ordinary tubs present to seniors or those who are disabled.

Walk-in tubs eliminate the need to step over the tub wall when climbing in or out; instead, you simply open the door and step out over the low threshold. The inside surfaces are non-skid and the doors are leak-proof, which means your floor will not get slippery. There is no longer a need to lower yourself into a tub (or lift yourself out of it) because the seats are raised to an ADA-compliant 17-inch height. And built-in grab bars give you stability right where you need it, unlike typical home bathrooms.

The Designed for Seniors walk-in tubs aren’t only for safety, however. You may install them for that, but you will appreciate our other features just as much. Our push-button controls are easy to work. Our extra-wide door opening around the hips is generously sized. We include a shower wand and a special curtain with each tub. The eight hydrotherapy jets and 16 gently massaging air jets are just waiting to help you feel your best. And soft colored lights introduce chromatherapy as well.

What Is Hydrotherapy?

It’s the use of water to help treat different physical conditions, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and low back pain. Warm water is so therapeutic for muscle tissue that physical therapists regularly use it in rehabilitation hospitals. It increases circulation, decreases inflammation, supports the limbs and soothes the joints by reducing the gravitational pull on them. It’s so helpful that the Arthritis Foundation recommends using the bath not only as a place to relax, but also as a place for gentle stretching and movement (3).

And What Is Chromatherapy?

It means color therapy, and it dates back to ancient Egypt. It is the action of combining color in a bath or sauna to help balance the body’s energy for therapeutic effect. Practitioners believe that the wavelengths of different colors in the spectrum have different health effects and correlate to various body areas. Warm colors like red, pink and orange are thought to increase circulation, add strength and eliminate impurities. Yellows and greens are thought to have purifying, calming and regenerative effects. And blues and violets promote tranquility, pain relief and meditative qualities (4).

You can see how our Designed for Seniors tubs are meant to enhance your life in many ways, not just safety – although it is always our top concern. We manufacture our tubs in the United States, in Valdosta, Georgia. This means we control the quality and can easily customize or upgrade them. We always install them professionally in your home, and we don’t leave until you’re happy.

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

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

(3) Arthritis Foundation, Warm Water Works Wonders on Pain

(4) National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, A Critical Analysis of Color Therapy and its Scientific Evollution