There are so many benefits of taking a bath, and how to do so safely remains an issue to be concerned with particularly for seniors or those with physical limitations. In addition to improved breathing, reduced pain, lower anxiety, and increased activity, bathing in a warm bath simply feels good and provides a sense of freedom.
Improve the safety of your home with Mobility aids for your everyday activities, like bathing. Taking a bath is much more than mere hygiene; there are distinct benefits for seniors and those with physical disabilities.
Some benefits of taking a bath include the following:
Did you know that taking a warm bath improves respiratory function and helps you breathe better? The warm water speeds up heart rate, but don’t make the water too hot.
A warm bath helps to calm the nervous system, much like hydrotherapy. This submersion treatment is also great for tremors or pain issues.
A nice, warm bath can reduce inflammation and alleviate chronic aches and pains. Add some Epsom salt for extra therapeutic value and relief.
Is there anything as relaxing as a warm bath? It has been proven that bathing is a coping strategy that can be used to lower stress and anxiety levels in all age groups.
You have probably heard how aqua-style exercises and moving around in water is a great low-impact activity for seniors or those with physical limitations; a bath works much in the same way. Stretching and bathing provide movement and physical therapy that can be favorable for those with physical disabilities or age-related issues.
The warm water in the tub oxygenates the blood in your body, which helps it to flow better. This means improved circulation and less pain for many.
A warm bath can stimulate the pituitary gland and encourage it to secrete feel-good hormones. These hormones may help counter any existing hormone imbalance.
Furthermore, the comfort and feeling of sinking in a warm tub can stimulate the production of endorphins in the pleasure center of your brain. The result is overall feelings of wellbeing.
Hydrates the Skin
Soaking in warm water moisturizes and hydrates the skin. Use after-bath products to help seal in the moisture.
Regulates Body Temperature
The water in the bath regulates your body’s core temperature: warm water in the tub helps to warm you up, while cool water helps to cool you down. It is that simple.
A toasty-warm bath simply feels good and helps to restore a sense of autonomy, even if you need mobility aids or assistance to do so. It is a familiar activity that could bring a sense of comfort and calm to the individual.
Bath Safety Month in January is the perfect time to consider mobility aids and equipment to make the bath safer. Devices including the shower buddy, shower-seats, grab bars, and free-standing lifts are a few, depending on your limitations and needs. Bathroom on the second floor of your home? Talk to our representatives about a stairlift for your residence to make the bath more accessible.
Some additional bathroom safety measures for seniors include:
- Keep the floor free of clutter or obstacles that could cause a fall.
- Make sure that the flooring is in decent condition, free from edges, tears, or carpeting that could cause someone to fall.
- Go ahead and install grab-bars near the tub, shower, and toilet, just to be safe.
- Use non-slip bathmats inside and outside the tub and shower.
- Avoid buying and using bath oils or products that could leave a slippery residue behind and cause a nasty fall.
- Think about incorporating a portable phone or alarm in the bathroom to call for help in case of an emergency. A pay-as-you-go cell phone on the vanity or extra landline could be helpful in the event of a fall.
It is estimated that around 80% of seniors’ falls are in the bathroom, partly due to the wet conditions, slick surfaces, and inherent hazards of this space. Be vigilant and proactive about making the bathroom a safer place for a senior, someone with a physical disability, or yourself! Talk more with a qualified mobility dealer to find the right options for your living situation, as well as the best solutions for your needs.
If mobility aids will make your bathroom a safer place to be, than resolve to implement them for Bath Safety Month in January. Taking a bath is far more than an activity of daily living; there are many benefits of taking a bath for seniors or those with physical limitations. Evaluate your bathroom and talk with a mobility expert to keep your bathroom safe for anyone who uses it.
President, Husband, Father, Grandfather Graduate of UC Davis- Bio Sci Major- Go Aggies! Jeff has extensive experience in all of Pacific Mobility’s products and services, and specializes in accessibility products as well as stairlifts, ceiling lifts and custom wheel chairs. His hobbies include spending time with family, gardening, mountain biking, exercising and off road motorcycle riding.
24 years as Owner/President of Pacific Mobility Center – selling, installing, and servicing stairlifts, porch lifts, ceiling lifts, pool lifts, handicap ramping, specialty wheelchairs, scooters, power wheel chairs, and other power mobility devices
Certified Environmental Access Consultant since 2008
Licensed General Contractor since 1998
Certified Aging in Place Specialist since 2016
Board Member for Home Access Professionals
Member of Association of Members of the Accessibility Equipment Industry (AEMA)