As we grow older, certain realities begin to take shape when it comes to the safest and healthiest place to spend our golden years.
Can you safely stay in the house where you’ve lived the happiest years of your life?
From a financial standpoint, experts agree that staying in your home as long as possible helps seniors to better retain their wealth; once their home is sold and they move into a care facility, thousands of dollars a month are then being spent, eating away at their hard-earned home equity.
The Center for Disease Control, the AARP and even the provincial governments across the country recommend staying in your home as long as safely possible.
With all this in mind, wouldn’t you want to do everything you could to stay in the house you know and love? That’s where Safe Step walk-in tubs, a Canadian-owned company with an unequivocal focus on safety, comes into play.
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Cindy Leonard, director of sales, has made a career out of helping the aging population in Canada feel safer and more comfortable in their own homes, with the addition of a uniquely designed Safe Step bathtub.
Cindy has seen firsthand how the aging demographic of Baby Boomers in Canada – sometimes referred to as the Grey tsunami – has impacted the way in which homeowners approach the subject of staying in their homes versus paying thousands of dollars for assisted living.
“In most cases, the price of one of our tubs is equivalent to three months in a care home,” she explains. “When you do all that math, it just makes sense that people take these steps to senior-proof their homes.”
First introduced in the UK in response to their aging demographic, the first walk-in tub was installed in North America on Oct. 6, 2001. Cindy has been in the industry ever since, watching the product evolve with the needs of its customer base, and in turn helping thousands of happy seniors stay in their home for, on average, a minimum of five years longer. Safe Step walk-in tubs are manufactured in north America, using the safest and highest quality materials in the industry. the company was the recipient of the Better Business Bureau’s most coveted large business honour, the torch Award, recognizing honesty, integrity and performance.
With decades of experience in the industry, however, Cindy knows the marks of some of the cheaper, imposter tubs on the market, and warns customers to be certain they know where their tubs are coming from.
“Unless it says right on the website, ‘Made in America,’ it’s not,” she says, noting that a chemical called triclosan – banned in north America due to safety concerns – is often found in Chinese-made tubs.“That’s just one of the hazards in buying a Chinese-made tub. Every week we are removing people’s mistakes, and they are forced to undertake this project twice.”
With Safe Step walk-in tubs, not only will you be getting the quality of a North American-made product, but the company is a true one-stop shop for the entire process, including warranty and servicing after the purchase.
Upon inquiring about a tub with Safe Step, a safety technician will visit your home and assess your space to make a recommendation for an appropriate size and model of walk-in tub. They will leave you with a quote that is good for one full year, and the entire process from A to Z can be completed in a few weeks. The installation itself generally takes a day, and all refuse from your old tub is removed. The only thing left for you to do will be to enjoy your new luxurious tub and the peace of mind it brings. All Safe Step walk-in tubs come with rapid fill and drain functions, as well as with heated seat to make the bathing experience a truly enjoyable one. Also standard with the tub is MicroSoothe® Air Therapy System which benefits the skin, water jets that help with aches and pains, aromatherapy as well as chromotherapy (or light therapy).
Cindy points out that Safe Step also carries walk-in showers and is the only company in North America to offer full trade in value on showers, should you decide to upgrade to a tub. All walk-in tubs also come with a 100% lifetime warranty. While there’s no question that the senior population in Canada is healthier and more independent than ever, for many aging homeowners, the time to consider installing a walk-in tub to your house is now – before a fall or a similar accident may get in the way of your independence and ability to stay in your home. For learn more on how to bathe safely, please visit SafeStepTubs.ca