When Colin Gates’ 78-year-old mother couldn’t find a personal support worker she liked, she decided to take things into her own hands and look after herself. Unfortunately, it wasn’t long after this decision that she slipped and fell in the bathroom of her home.

According to Statistics Canada, over 50 percent of falls occur in the home, while 95 percent of all hip fractures are caused by these types of falls — many in the bathroom. For many Canadians, mobility challenges present themselves with age. When concerns about slips and falls become commonplace, it’s time to consider which lifestyle changes to make.

Gates’ mother decided to make the switch to a walk-in tub. “To her surprise,” says Gates, “she was able to find a level of independence she hadn’t had in years.” Gates sustained an accident of his own, and similarly found therapeutic relief from a walk-in tub. He later acquired the Safe Bathing Canada company to give others peace of mind.

Walking into dignity and healthy aging

Walk-in tubs eliminate the greatest obstacle to safe bathing — the process of getting in and out of a slippery tub. With the walk-in tub, swinging doors replace the 20-inch ‘step over’ needed to get into traditional bathtubs with one short, safe step. This significantly reduces the risk of falling for those with limited mobility.

Slip-resistant flooring, grab bars, and a raised seat means all the controls, including the shower wand, are within easy reach. There is minimal wait time as filling the tub takes less than four minutes, while drainage takes less than two. The seated hydrotherapy benefits provided by these unique tubs include joint pain and muscle tension relief. Independence and dignity are just around the corner with a walk-in tub.