Thanks to a combination of good medicine, a healthy lifestyle and less stress and danger involved in obtaining food and shelter, the population in the world is staying alive much longer than at any other time in history. The number of people age 60 and up will reach 2.1 billion by 2050, far surpassing the new births in the world. This is good news for the baby boomer generation, but still, aging does come with risk. Mobility decreases each year after age 60, regardless of how well you take care of yourself. One third of people age 65 and up will experience a fall each year, and falls are a leading cause of death. While most falls happen outside the home, lack of mobility can be especially hazardous in the bathroom with its slick, wet floors combined with slippery soap. If you’re going to age in place, you might want to consider incorporating some additional safety features in the bathroom, and consider the benefits of a bathtub and shower combo.
Benefits of a Hybrid Tub
Having a shower and walk-in tub combination gives you the best of both worlds. You have the convenience of a shower, for those times when you need to get going quickly. But you also can indulge in spa-like luxury when you have the time, surrounding yourself with a milky white cloud of heated water. The jets produce tiny bubbles to soothe, stimulate and nourish your skin, leaving it soft and silky. Regardless of whether you want to sit comfortably while the jets soothe away your aches and pains or you want to quick rinse in the shower, a hybrid tub should offer dual adjustable shower heads, loads of grab bars for safety, anti-scald technology, a heated seat, and a quick drain, so you won’t have to sit for several minutes while the water drains out.
What to Look For
You want a tub that’s made of acrylic and a gel coated material, for easy clean up and maintenance. Make certain all parts have been rigorously tested, and that the entire unit has a lifetime warranty. You want the company you purchase the tub from to do the installation in a professional manner and to guarantee their installation, while offering you a lowest price guarantee. These are all considerations to take into account when searching for a bathtub and shower combo.