Learn how to prevent falls in the bathroom
Some things get better with age, but agility isn’t one of them.
According to the National Council on Aging, an older adult is treated in the emergency room every 11 seconds as a direct result of a fall, and every 19 minutes, one dies — all from falls that could be prevented.
Many of these falls occur in the bathroom when seniors try to step over the side of the average bathtub. In Hawaii alone, slip and falls comprise 79% of all senior hospitalizations. It’s a big cause for worry for the aging population, resulting in many seniors looking to alternatives like replacing their beloved soaking tub with a shower stall.
Unfortunately, though, the cost to replace a bathtub with a shower stall can run $12,000 or more, plus it takes a week to complete. However, there is an effective and affordable solution available that many seniors are turning to that is a fraction of the cost and takes less than one day to complete for a safe and enjoyable bathing experience.
Island Bath Works, a Honolulu firm, is extensively experienced in modifying all forms of bathtubs including steel, cast iron and fiberglass to convert tubs with a walk-through so there’s no need to step over the side. The rest of the tub along with the plumbing and wall covering remains intact. Additionally, grab rails and non-skid surfaces can be added for extra security.
Seniors all over the state have been requesting walk-through bathtub conversions, but many of them come after an accident has already occurred. Eric Thompson, owner and CEO of Island Bath Works, wants to bring awareness and help seniors prevent a slip-and-fall injury before it happens. Because many households within the islands include several generations, he’s reaching out to the community so they know there’s an easier, more affordable solution that will keep aging family members safe.
“Our goal is to help people take the necessary measures before it’s too late,” Thompson explains. “Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t think about something like this until after it happens. The medical bills that can be avoided by taking this one simple cost-effective safety measure are astounding.”
Island Bath Works makes achieving this safety modification to any tub simple by using proprietary techniques that keep costs down while getting the job done within a day to avoid disruption to the household. It’s a small investment that has a big payoff for added value to the home, plus the prevention of serious injury, which will prevent massive emergency room fees.
Greg and Deb Lovett of Mililani recently contacted Island Bath Works as a preventative measure.
“We’re not getting any younger and we want to keep enjoying our golden years,” Greg says.
After hearing that a fellow member of their golf club had slipped and fallen in the tub, sustaining various injuries, the Lovetts were concerned.
“These were active people, like us, and it got us thinking about our own safety. Deb and I didn’t want something like that to happen to us, so we called Island Bath Works to have our tub lowered to prevent tripping,” Greg says.
The tub conversion process was done the next week, and grab bars were installed.
“The tub conversion has a world of difference for us. I regret not having this done years ago,” adds Greg.
Additionally, Island Bath Works provides a 10-year warranty on labor and materials plus a five-year warranty on refinishing. For those with aging, ill or frail family members, or for seniors who want to continue enjoying an active lifestyle without suffering from a serious slip and fall injury, contact Island Bath Works for more information or to schedule an appointment at 808-468-8000 or visit islandbathworks.com.
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