Staying safe in the bathroom is particularly important for the elderly who are particularly vulnerable to joint pain, muscle weakness, or physical disability. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries on an annual basis.
This year, the top soaking tub and shower options for seniors include models by Ariel, Safe Step, Bootz Industries, and more.
With a walk-in system and ADA compliance, the Arial Bath Soaking Tub is one of the best options on the market today. It comes equipped with a handheld showerhead island roman faucets, along with a UPC drain and safety grab bar for maximum safety. The built-in seat provides a luxurious experience for seniors with limited mobility.
The Safe Step Shower and Tub combination is one of the latest models that provides a complete package looking for a spa-like feel. The dual shower heads (both rainfall and handheld) provide maximum pressure and relaxation, along with the MicroSoothe Air Therapy System for extra nourishment. It also has a huge variety of safety features.
Investing in a new soaking tub can be an expensive purchase for seniors who may not want to splurge. Although it doesn’t come with drain assembly, the Bootz Aloha Soaking Tub has all the essential features you need at a more accessible price point. It is free-standing and comes with a full-length noise-absorbing pad along with a slip-resistant surface.
If you’re willing to invest in a tub of your dreams, the Elite Soaking Walk-In Tub has the features to match the high price tag. The handy 360° Swivel Tray can hold your beverage or valuables while you soak, and it also comes with a limited lifetime warranty. The ultra-wide 22” seat and 2 grab bars are an added bonus.
Choosing a soaking tub that can be equipped with a shower attachment can be a challenge when taking seniors’ needs into consideration, so finding a tub with ADA certification and other safety features is the way to go. For more guidance on choosing the best walk-in tub options for seniors, contact us today at Senior Strong!
Nathan Justice manages community outreach programs and forums that help many senior citizens. He completed a counseling program at the University of Maryland’s Department of Psychology.