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Do I Need a Walk In Bath?
If you’ve ever wondered whether or not you need a walk in bath, there are a few things to consider.
First and foremost, a walk in bath is an ideal solution for anyone who has serious mobility issues which may otherwise compromise their ability to take a bath. In addition, you may want to consider having one installed as a proactive measure if you suffer from any condition which affects your ability to move about freely, even if you do not yet need to use it on a daily basis.
People that suffer from progressive diseases that affect mobility may find the transition easier if they already have a walk in bath installed as opposed to not having access to the bathtub for a certain period of time.
Let's assume that your mobility has already been severely compromised for reasons of illness or injury. You may want to consider having a walk in bath installed as soon as possible so that you can once again have access to the bathtub. It makes it easier for you as well as for anyone that is in the role of the caregiver on your part.
It also provides you with an additional level of freedom as it may allow you to get the freedom back that you once enjoyed to take a bath of your own, as opposed to relying on someone else to care for you during that time.
If you are still able to get into your existing bathtub, but you have suffered an injury or you have a disease such as osteoporosis or muscular dystrophy, you may want to go ahead and have a walk in bath installed so that you can continue to enjoy your bathtub, without having to worry about whether or not the day will eventually come when you can no longer navigate getting into and out of a regular bath.
In addition, it makes the entire transition process easier when you are losing mobility if you are already accustomed to some of the changes that will be necessary inside the home as opposed to trying to get used to everything at one time.
Unfortunately, there are usually some inherent health problems that are associated with a loss of mobility. Besides being uncomfortable and even painful, a prolonged lack of mobility may mean that there is less circulation, especially in the lower extremities.
This can lead to more serious problems in some people. For instance, decreased circulation may cause swelling, loss of feeling in the legs and feet, and even blood clots. However, much of this can be successfully countered by using a walk in bath because it increases circulation.
The chance to take a bath is something that everyone enjoys. It provides valuable time to allow you to relax and unwind after a long day and it also helps to ease the pain and stiffness associated with joint problems and sore muscles.
Therefore, a walk in bath provides much more than an opportunity to soak in a bathtub. It can provide therapeutic relaxation while simultaneously helping you to reduce pain and maintain as much mobility as possible.