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The Top Four Needs of Seniors


By Kerry Knight
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Ever wonder what your top four needs should be as you get older?   
As seniors, we’ve seen a lot in our lives. As the world as it moved from the Industrial Age to the Information Age across the new millennium, we witnessed it in real-time.  Both the good and the bad.  Some of us were fortunate to be able to acquire valued belongings, some of us were able to travel a bit, and maybe, some of us had the chance to really enjoy our families. 
As we age, our “needs” list change somewhat.  For example, when we are in our late teens and early 20s, getting a good education is a vital concern.  The next ten years require that we find a good-paying job or a promising career.  This would also be the time for purchasing our first home.  Our 30s and 40s are the earning years, when we should be putting money away and investing wisely.  In our 50s, we should be thinking about retirement and putting the final touches on planning for our “Golden Years.”  Then come the retirement years.  
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Now, everything changes.
If you have planned well, you can enjoy some rest and relaxation.  No more punching a clock or running a business.  You can slow down and enjoy retirement.  Obviously, with money, life always seems to be a little easier to manage. But, whether you have planned perfectly or not, there are certain needs that you’ll have as you reach the “Golden Years.”

Number one is Companionship.  If you’ve been happily married for many years and still have your lifelong companion, this can be a great time.  Many who are just reaching their retirement years want to travel.  They want to see the world they were deprived of visiting while they were busy making a living. 
However, health issues can soon slow down the travel arrangements ― any retirement plans really ― and may require rethinking how you will spend those special years.  Health problems may require needed assistance from your companion.  
But what if you don’t have a companion?  There are in-home services that can offer help with everything from meal preparation to companionship.  Usually their services are offered during regular business hours.  If nighttime assistance is needed, the cost can add up.  Moving in with your family may be an option, as long as there is someone in the family that has the time, willingness and/or ability to help.  If not, assisted living facilities are available.  They provide housing, meals, assistance with medications, transportation and companionship.  These can be costly, but it’s a possible option.  One of the advantages of assisted living is the ability to be with other residents, create friendships, and have projects that you can enjoy doing together.
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The second need that seniors will require is Transportation.  If you’ve reached a point where you can no longer drive, transportation becomes critical.  Crucial errands such going to the grocery store and pharmacy suddenly become a real challenge.  Same with going to scheduled doctors’ appointments or other health-oriented events (exercise sessions at the gym, etc.).  Who can help with that?  There are some stores that offer free delivery.  If not, some non-profit groups offer transportation.  If you have some form of assisted living, they can also take care of transportation needs.  In many cases, family or friends can help with this, too. However, some transportation issues are more oriented towards rest and relaxation.  It may be that you just need to get out of the house to take a drive, for your own mental well-being. 
The third need is a New Challenge. Whether we are eight or 80, we never outgrow our need for a new challenge.   Even in our retirement years, we need to seek out challenges for our mind and body.  It might be starting some fitness program, developing a new hobby, or getting more into reading.  Keeping the mind challenged and busy is another way to ward off things like dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease.  Challenge yourself!
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Number four is Making Your Environment Safe to Live in.  Whether you live in your own home or an assisted living facility, making your location safer becomes more and more important as you age.  One third of those aged 65 or older will fall each year.  At age 80, that percentage increases to 50% of us.  And of that number, once having fallen, these people are two to three times more likely to fall again.  Falling is significant because it almost always leads to broken bones, such as fractured hips, which could reduce mobility and permanently hamper one’s lifestyle.  Worse yet, a head injury can lead to more serious problems such as brain trauma or even death (read our previous blogs, “The Danger of Bathtubs – Falling is a Family Matter,” and “How Seniors Can Protect Themselves from Falling.”) 

Why are seniors prone to falling?  There are several reasons.  It may be because of prescribed medications.  It could be because of loss of balance due to lightheadedness.  It can also stem from being unfit.  This is why exercise, even in our senior years, is so important.  Falls can also occur simply because precautions have not been taken to make the house safe.  Slippery floors, thrown rugs and clutter doesn’t help.  
One area that requires special attention is the bathroom.  It’s is the number one area where harmful falls can take place.  Why not add several grab bars in the bathroom, especially around the toilet and the tub?  
Many seniors (and/or their caring families) are seeing the need for a Walk-in Tub.  These specialized bathtubs offer a soaking and sit down shower option that’s free of the risks taken with normal bathing.  They fit in the spot where a normal bathtub is located.  They offer a water-tight door that can be easily opened and closed by the occupant.  The door’s low threshold makes entering and exiting the tub easy.  Once the door is closed and locked, the tub can be filled with warm water that covers the back.  A hand-held shower wane allows them to shower while sitting.  Therapeutic air and water jets can be added to relax the body and help heal problem areas.   
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Another great thing about Walk-in Tubs is they this allow the senior to bathe independently and in private.  This is tremendous for one’s self-esteem.  And all this is done without the fear or risk of falling.  Not surprisingly, many who have just reached retirement age and are still in good health are installing Walk-in Tubs as they plan for the future.
Another option for seniors is the Safety Suite Shower. These can be configured as Low-Threshold or Zero-Threshold designs. Each model has a built-in seat, in a variety of different configurations (i.e., fold-down, built-in, etc.), which can be topped with slip-resistant acrylic surface or a Brazilian Walnut seat top.  
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These handsome showers can be customized to meet each individual’s situation. For example, in the Zero-Threshold models, the shower can be right- or left-side oriented (in terms of where the seat and hand-held water sprayer are configured). In the Zero-Threshold models, the hand-held shower wand and controls can be situated on the left, center or right.   Even the drain can be placed in different locations to facilitate installation and plumbing issues. Both designs feature safety wall grips and handrails, even atop the temperature control.  Optional accessories include a bathroom paper roll, towel rack and shelf, all of which have built-in safety grips.  

Whatever your age, it’s not too early to think about what lies ahead.  Planning and preparation will make life a little easier down the road.  Take the time to think about these four needs.  Set aside some time to discuss these issues with family and friends. Once you have determined what your needs and goals, put your plan in writing and then begin implementing your plan one item at a time.
In this article, I discussed the top four needs of seniors, especially as they reach retirement. I outlined the details on each need and discussed how seniors can pragmatically address and accommodate these needs. If you found this article useful, please share it with your friends and co-workers. If you have a comment related to this article, leave it in the Comment section of this blog.  
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Alan and Kerry Knight are the owners of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville, Florida. Together they have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” four years running. If you’d like to contact them, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to Alan@tubking.com.

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How Seniors Can Protect Themselves from Falling


By Kerry Knight
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While traumatic brain injuries can happen to anyone at any time, those most susceptible are the elderly.  These life-altering injuries are usually the result of a fall.  Every year, one in three people 65 years or older will fall.  Over half of all deaths due to falling are attributable to Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI).  Fall risks increase with the advancement of age, with 60% of falls occurring in those age 75 or older.
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS):  
“Traumatic brain injury (TBI), a form of acquired brain injury, occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. TBI can result when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue.  Symptoms of a TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain.  A person with a mild TBI may remain conscious or may experience a loss of consciousness for a few seconds or minutes. 
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“Other symptoms of mild TBI include headache, confusion, lightheadedness, dizziness, blurred vision or tired eyes, ringing in the ears, bad taste in the mouth, fatigue or lethargy, a change in sleep patterns, behavioral or mood changes, and trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking.

“A person with a moderate or severe TBI may show these same symptoms, but may also have a headache that gets worse or does not go away, repeated vomiting or nausea, convulsions or seizures, an inability to awaken from sleep, dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes, slurred speech, weakness or numbness in the extremities, loss of coordination, and increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation.”

Why Are Seniors More Prone to Traumatic Brain Injuries?  
Current research suggests that the aging process is associated with several structural, chemical, and functional changes in the brain, in addition to several different neurocognitive changes.  Advances in MRI technology have enabled neurologists and researchers to see the brain’s structure in great detail in an easy, non-invasive manner. The brain is very complex, composed of many different areas and types of tissue, most commonly referred to as grey matter or white matter, each of which occupy different structures or regions of the brain. The different functions of these various tissues in the brain may be more or less susceptible to age-induced changes.
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A natural result of aging sees the brain mass gradually decreasing over time. This, in turn, creates more space between the outer lining of the brain and the inner lining of the skull. Within this space are tiny blood vessels. A serious fall can tear these blood vessels, which, if injured, cause blood to seep into the brain’s cavities. This can cause serious damage to the brain and its functioning. (There is also converging evidence from cognitive neuroscientists around the world that age-induced cognitive deficits may not just be due to neuronal loss or cell death, but may also be the result of small region-specific changes to the morphology of neurons.)

Because, from a physiological standpoint, seniors’ brains are more vulnerable, a TBI can occur in an older adult who’s had even a minor bump to their head.  It could happen while getting out of a car, inside one’s closet, or taking a spill on a piece of furniture.  A common cause of falling is rising too quickly from a sitting or prone position.  
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Many medications that older adults take, such as anti-hypertensive drugs, can have a side effect of a sudden drop in blood pressure when the person stands up too quickly.   The sudden drop in pressure causes dizziness, causing the person to fall and bump his or her head on the floor or a nearby object.  The unsuspecting individual or family members may initially dismiss the fall as a “close call” when there are no immediate signs or symptoms of brain injury.  Family members and/or caregivers should watch for sudden changes in behavior over the following 24 to 48 hours.  A change in the level of consciousness, weakness on one side, or unusual changes in one’s ability to do simple activities such as getting dressed should be evaluated immediately by a physician.  

As a large number of Baby Boomers approach retirement, family members and caregivers are increasingly faced with finding ways to reduce their risk of accidents, unintentional falls, and other avoidable injuries.  The first line of defense is in the home, where, according to the CDC, 60% of all falls occur.

How to Make Homes Safer

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Make sure that all stairwells and common walkways are clear of clutter.

The bathroom is one of the most slippery and dangerous places in the house when it comes to the elderly.  It consists of mostly hard, unforgiving surfaces for someone to hit their head against when falling such as a countertop, sink, cabinet, toilet, side of the bathtub, towel rack and more. Installing grab bars on the walls can provide extra security. Also make certain the bath rug is securely fastened to the floor, so that it won’t slip. 

Installing a Walk-in Tub can solve many problems.  This specialized tub can replace the existing drop-in tub in the bathroom.  It comes with a slip-resistant seat, as sanding for long periods of time can be difficult for the elderly, especially on a wet, slippery shower floor.  Similarly, the floor of the Walk in Tub is also slip-resistant.  Instead of having to lift one’s legs over a 12 inch height on a traditional bathtub to get into a traditional bathtub, the Walk-in Tub has a short, 6-inch threshold with its water-tight door.  This door is watertight, allowing the senior to relax in comfort while bathing.  Walk-in Tubs allow seniors to have privacy, independence and dignity, as most will be able to totally bathe themselves without assistance.  The Walk-in Tub also comes with jetted systems that help to relax and heal the body.  The hand-held shower attachment inside the tub makes rinsing easier.

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Another option other than a Walk-in Tub is the Safety Suite Shower. These can be purchased as Low-Threshold or Zero-Threshold (i.e., Barrier-Free) designs. Each model accommodates a built-in seat, which can be topped with slip-resistant acrylic surface or a Brazilian Walnut seat top.   Another option is a four-legged seat made of ABS plastic. There are three different seat configurations: molded, fold-down, and four-legged seats.

The showers can be specifically configured to meet each individual’s situation. For example, in the Zero-Threshold models, the shower can be right- or left-side oriented (in terms of where the seat and hand-held water sprayer are configured). In the Zero-Threshold models, the shower can be configured on the left, center or right.  Similarly, the drain can be configured to the left, center or right, so upon installation, there’s no rerouting of existing plumbing necessary.  Both designs feature wall grips and handrails for added safety.  Safety-designed accessories with built-in grips are also available for the bathroom paper roll, towel rack and shelf.
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Add raised toilet seats with or without arms to increase ease of use and permit self-sufficiency. Some newer models come with handrails on both sides to facilitating sitting down and getting up.

Encourage your loved one to be careful about getting up too quickly, especially after lying down, resting or even sitting for long periods of time.  A security pole can be a great help for people who have trouble standing from a sitting position.  It’s portable and especially useful when there are no walls for grab bars.  Walkers can be helpful here as well.

If you have concerns about your loved one falling out of bed, consider a low bed, which reduces the possibility of injuries due to its low-to-the-ground stature.  Some beds even come with guards on the side, not unlike the upper bunk sleeper compartments in Pullman car trains. 
Finally, as a precaution in case of a power outage, keep flashlights handy in easy-to-remember and easy-to-reach places.

Perhaps the most obvious safety precaution is to make sure your loved one is using their walker.  Many seniors who are suffering from mild dementia will set their walker aside and begin to stroll around the house without it.  After all, they have been walking on their own for most of their life and the walker may be a new addition to their mobility and therefore can be easily forgotten.

 Another thing you can do to help your seniors’ cognitive functioning is ensure they’re getting adequate nutrition, in particular, eating a wide range of foods that have been found to promote brain health and functioning including blueberries, olive oil, certain types of seafood, and, of course, water.

By taking easy steps to make a home safer for the elderly, you can reduce the costs associated with healthcare-related ― or, God forbid ― emergency medical services, preserve a better quality of life, and perhaps even a life itself.  
In this article, I discussed the issue of senior “confusion” and also gave a brief history/overview of Alzheimer’s disease. I then discussed various steps one can take to ensure their senior can remain safer at home, and in particular, the bathroom, such as installing a Walk-in Tub and/or a Safety Suite Shower.  If you found this article useful, please share it with your family, friends and co-workers.

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Thanks again for visiting with us. 

Alan and Kerry Knight are the owners of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville, Florida. Together they have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” four years running. If you’d like to contact them, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to alan@tubking.com.

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Confusion … and How Seniors Can Cope


By Kerry Knight
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With many seniors, a state of mind termed “confusion” has become a serious safety concern.  It refers to mental state wherein one losses the ability to a recognize people and places.  There is typically a problem with remembering specific dates or knowing the time of day.  Sometimes, it can affect a person’s ability to make decisions, even simple ones.  It can be accompanied with feelings of disorientation and depression.

Confusion, as a medical condition, can sometimes begin suddenly, but more often than not, its detrimental effects manifest themselves more gradually over time. Confusion has multiple causes, including injury, medications, environmental factors, and medical conditions.
Whereas once this medical condition was referred to as “old timer’s syndrome,” further studies and advances in the neurology and imaging have now identified specific physiological conditions in the brain that cause a specific disease state.
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A German woman, by the name of Auguste Deter, was the first to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 1901. The condition is named after Dr. Alois Alzheimer, who treated Mrs. Deter.  Her early symptoms were observed when the doctor was treating her. While she was eating lunch, the doctor asked her what she was eating.  “Spinach,” she said.  However, she was eating meat.  He then asked her about her husband.  “What is his name?” She would reply, “Auguste, I believe.”  However, that was her name; not her husband’s.

Alzheimer’s Disease is a neurological disorder in which the death of brain cells induces memory loss and cognitive decline. A neurodegenerative type of dementia, the disease starts off with mild symptoms but over time, progressively worsens. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia — a group of brain disorders that results in the loss of intellectual and social skills. These changes can eventually become severe enough to interfere with day-to-day life.
The cognitive confusion Dr. Alzheimner witnessed in Mrs. Deter required him to take extra precautions to protect her safety.

A state of “confusion” in a senior doesn’t necessarily mean that person has Alzheimer’s Disease, nonetheless it does mean one should take every precaution to ensure a higher degree of safety in their living quarters.  

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Let me offer some suggestions:

  • The senior should use sturdy canes or walkers if they’re having a problem with balance or have other physical issues that impair their ability to get around and ambulate themselves. If there are major ambulatory issues, consider getting a wheelchair.  
  • Install a Walk-in Tub in their bath with grab bars and slip-resistant floor and seat to provide independent bathing. The Walk-in tub also has a very low access and egress threshold, which makes it easier for seniors with ambulatory issues to get in and out of the Walk-in tub. Along with its built-in safety features, you may consider adding the air-jetted hydrotherapy model, which can help relax the body.  Adding water-jetted massage can also help alleviate their aches and pains.  This will help keep their body comfortable, more pliable and possibly healthier, which in turn, can improve their mental state.
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  • Another option is installing a Safety Shower Suite.  You can custom-order a Low-Threshold model, with a four-inch step over into the shower, or a No-Threshold model, which can accommodate wheelchairs and walkers. These showers can be customized to accommodate each client in terms of the type of seat included (built-in, fold-down or four-legged), seat placement, placement of the temperature control knob (with safety grab bar above it), hand-held shower, and drain.  Also consider installing its safety-designed bathroom accessories. The toilet paper roll, shelf and towel rack all come equipped with sturdy grab bars.
  •  Replace hardwood floors with padded carpeted floors to reduce injuries from falling on hard surfaces.  Avoid placing throw rugs on hardwood floors as these can slip and cause someone with unsteady gate to fall.  Or, at the very least, they may pull or strain a muscle as they quickly try to regain their balance.
  • Use hearing aids or glasses when needed and provide good lighting to diminish the negative effects of hearing loss and visual problems.
  • Some seniors require the use of phones with extra large numbers for them to dial easily. Or, if you can pre-program one-call buttons for their key contacts, this could make things easier.
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  • If your senior has the ability to participate a senior-oriented exercise class (pool-based or otherwise), enroll them in it. Regular exercise will help keep their heart, lungs, muscles, bones and joints in better shape and may help with their cognitive functioning as well.
  • Manage medications by taking advantage of pill boxes when keeping track of medications. Discuss with their primary care physician all the drugs different specialists may have prescribed. Sometimes the different medicines can interact negatively with each other. Minimize or delete any non-essential prescriptions (as almost all drugs can produce negative side effects).
  • If necessary, hire caregivers or use assistance from family members if activities in the senior’s daily life become difficult.
  • Consider getting your senior a self-monitoring system such Life Alert (Remember the advertisement, “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up”?). The system is designed to deal with medical emergencies, fire emergencies, CO gas emergencies, intrusion emergencies; and now can provide emergency mobile phones and a specific app for cell phones.
  • Schedule routine sleep and wake times to improve sleep quality and daytime efficiency.
  • Plan regular social activities for your senior to improve social interactions.
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  • Consider getting them a pet for them to care for.  This is tricky and depends upon the physical and mental health of your senior.  While caring for a loving, docile pet has proven beneficial to seniors (and humans in general), there are added costs and concerns. For example, if the animal could possibly get underfoot, causing the senior to trip, this would be a problem. Also, if they’re physically or mentally unable to care for the animal, then a pet isn’t an option.
If you’re a senior or maybe you have a senior in the family, take every precaution to keep their body and mind safe from injury (yours, too!).  It will perhaps lengthen their make their “Golden Years” more productive and fulfilling.
In this article, I discussed the issue of senior “confusion” and also gave a brief history/overview of Alzheimer’s Disease. I then discussed various steps one can take to ensure their senior can It then discusses various steps one can take to ensure their senior can remain safer at home, and in particular, the bathroom, such as installing a Walk-in Tub and/or a Safety Suite Shower.  If you found this article useful, please share it with your friends and co-workers.

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If you have a comment related to this article, leave it in the Comment section of this blog.  If you’d like to receive a FREE Walk-In Tub Buyers’Guide, click here.  Have a question? Feel free to contact me at the number or email listed at the end of this article and I’ll personally get back to you. It’s been my pleasure sharing this information with you.
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Alan and Kerry Knight are the owners of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville, Florida. Together they have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” four years running. If you’d like to contact them, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to alan@tubking.com.

Warm Water Works Wonders for Your Aching Body


By Kerry Knight   
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Soaking in warm water is an ancient remedy in dealing with pain.  There’s a very good reason why this practice has stood the test of time.   It appears warm water therapy works wonders on all kinds of musculoskeletal complaints, including fibromyalgia and low back pain.  Our ancestors were wise in many ways, turns out. 
Bruce Becker, MD, Director of the National Aquatics and Sports Medicine Institute at Washington State University in Spokane, writes, “The research shows our ancestors got it right.  It makes you feel better.  It makes the joints looser.  It reduces pain and it seems to have a somewhat prolonged effect that goes beyond the period of immersion.”
So why does soaking in warm water help with pain?  First, it reduces the force of gravity that’s compressing the joint, offering 360 degree support.  It can also decrease swelling and inflammation, while increasing circulation.
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“Aquatic immersion has profound biologic effects, extending across essentially all homeostatic systems,” asserts Dr. Becker. “These effects are both immediate and delayed, and they allow water to be used with therapeutic efficacy for a great variety of rehabilitative problems. Aquatic therapies are beneficial in the management of patients with musculoskeletal problems, neurologic problems, cardiopulmonary pathology, and other conditions. In addition, the margin of therapeutic safety is wider than that of almost any other treatment milieu. Knowledge of these biological effects can aid the skilled clinicians creating an optimal treatment plan through appropriate modification of aquatic activities, immersion temperatures, and treatment duration.”
How long should you soak?  Dr. Becker says patients he’s studied seem to reach a maximum benefit after about 20 minutes.  And make sure you drink water before, during and afterward to stay well-hydrated. (Yes, I know, having a relaxing glass of wine is nice to sip upon while soaking in the tub. But you shouldn’t overdo it, as alcohol will also dehydrate your tissues. I usually carry a glass of wine and a big plastic bottle of water with me for my luxuriating soak. (Read our previous blog, “How to Create a Relaxing Bath.”) 
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Another important factor is the temperature of the water.  Water temperatures between 92°F and 100°F degrees is a healthy range.  If you have cardiovascular problems, beware of water that’s too hot because that can put undue stress on the heart.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says anything over 104°F degrees is considered dangerous for everyone.  Having a thermometer close by would be a good precaution.

Warm water is good for relaxing, and it’s also good for moving in.  Warm water stimulates blood flow to stiff muscles and frozen joints, making a warm tub an ideal place to do some gentle stretching and self-massage, especially if you need to relax some knotted muscles, sometimes referred to as “trigger points.”   
To ease low back pain, trap a tennis ball between the small of your back and the bottom of the tub, then lean into it and roll it against knotted muscles.  You can also do this with two tennis balls; one for your lower back near the bottom of the tub, and one for your upper back against the slope.  Oftentimes with standard “tennis ball massage,” some people find the full weight of their bodies pushing a tennis ball against a hard surface provides too much pressure and consequently they’re unable to get relief.  But remember, you’re more buoyant in the bath, which gives you more control so you can better regulate the amount of pressure the tennis balls are exerting against your trigger points. 
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Another suggestion: go to Amazon.com and look at the wide range of  self-massage balls and similar products that are available … Mandala Yoga Massage Balls, Rhino Balls, Porcupine Sensory Massage Balls, Massage Peanut, Body Bongers Massage Tool, Tiger Tail Ball Massager, Chinese Baoding Balls, etc. There are hundreds products, many of which are waterproof.  Now you can have your own set of colorful bath “toys” to have fun in the tub with.

A good stretch for your lower back and hamstrings is to extend your legs out in front of you, hold your arms over your head, and slowly reach down, trying to touch your toes. Even you can’t reach your toes, try to hold on to your knees, shins, whatever.  Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds. (Keep your head above the water or momentarily hold your breath if your head’s underneath the water has you stretch). For more stretching ideas you can do in your tub, check out the website, Bath Tub Yoga. The increased range of flexibility lasts even after you get out, says Ann Vincent, MD, Medical Director of the Mayo Clinic’s Fibromyalgia Clinic in Rochester, MI. “Patients report that soaking in a warm bath and stretching after that seems to help.”
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How do you find a good soaking tub? Tub King, Inc., has a complete collection of deep-soaking tubs.  They’re all made with a cast iron exterior and a rich porcelain finish on the inside for bathing.  They include Slipper Tubs with the high back and Dual-Ended tubs with slopes on both ends of the tub.  There are even Double Slippers.  These are all deep tubs that allow you to soak in warm water that covers the body while reclining in luxury.  
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Did I mention our exceptionally hydrotherapeutic Walk-in Tubs? We have models that have air jets and also models that have both air and water jets, plus an in-line heater. Talk about getting hydro-massaged! It’s like having your own personal Jacuzzi in your bathroom. 
Don’t you think it’s time to reward your body?  It has taken good care of you through the years.  Why not take better care of it when you really need it? 
In this article, I talked about the benefits of soaking, self-massage and stretching in a deep body of warm water. I cited scientific evidence from the field of hydrotherapy that has well-documented many of the benefits of being in water. I also discussed some self-massage techniques and devices you can use in the bathtub as well as stretches. Finally, I gave a brief overview of the various tubs that are ideal for self-hydrotherapy sessions, especially the deep cast iron and porcelain and Walk-in Tubs that Tub King carries.  
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Alan and Kerry Knight are the owners of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville, Florida. Together they have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” four years running. If you’d like to contact them, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to alan@tubking.com.
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What’s New in Showers? Sophistication Today, Safety Tomorrow

Safety Suite Showers, new from Tub King  

By Robert Kaye
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What if you could have a shower that could ― if and when necessary ― take you “Back to the Future?” 
“What in the heck is a shower that will take me ‘Back to the Future?’” you may be asking yourself. “I’m going to be dripping wet in my birthday suit; I don’t want to go anywhere undressed like this. Especially not time traveling!” 
Hold on Don’t get your Flux Capacitor all flummoxed. Let me explain. 

I’m presuming many who are reading this are so-called “Baby Boomers”; that is, you may be in your mid-50s to mid-60s. Furthermore, you may very well be some of the lucky ones, who at least so far, are able to live a comfortable, fairly active lifestyle with no impediments to your mobility, range of motion, gait, etc. If so, congratulations.

But let’s be realistic. As we all age, many of us will encounter some temporary and/or semi-permanent conditions that may diminish our ability to ambulate ourselves. One day, you may be in need of surgery that will impair, even if for a short time, your range of motion. Or worse, you may develop a chronic condition that renders you needing a cane, walker or even a wheelchair.

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Now you have to rethink some things. Things that you never once gave a second thought to. If, afterundergoing surgery, for example, you may find yourself in such a quandary. “How am I going to be able to step over the bathtub ledge in order to take a shower? And the doctor said, don’t stand in the shower by myself for at least two weeks.” Or imagine a worst-case scenario, where you’re now permanently incapacitated, perhaps even wheelchair bound. How do you bathe yourself in private, with dignity?

Tub King is Proud to Introduce

Fortunately, Tub King, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida has the ideal solution. Taking its cue from innovative and forward-thinking bathroom design trends in Europe, the company now has its own, private label of Safety Suite Showers.

However, these don’t look like a shower facility for the impaired. Elegantly designed in white, biscuit, bone, or various colors of textured dark granite (with such patterns/hues as Almond, Beach, Coco, Mink, Violet, etc.) these showers are handsomely appointed, yet ergonomically configured for your total safety ― facilitating your access into, ability to stand or sit in, and egress from the shower.

In other words, while these attractive showers are great for your use today, importantly they are intelligently designed for your use in your later years, especially should you need to rely on the multiple safety features contained within each model. These showers indeed go “Back to the Future.”

Built in the USA, exclusively for Tub King, there are two main types of Safety Suite Shower models available.  There are Low-Threshold designs, which feature a shallow, four-inch high ledge in front of the shower.  There are also Zero-Threshold designs, configured especially for people who are in wheelchairs.

Each shower comes with a built-in seat, which can be topped with slip-resistant acrylic surface. Or, for a more elegant look, can be fitted with a Brazilian Walnut seat top. Another option is a four-legged seat made of ABS plastic. Depending upon which shower model one chooses, there are three different seat configurations: molded, fold-down, and four-legged seats.

Innovation in Shower Design

 

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Furthermore, the showers can be specifically configured to meet the needs of the individual. In the Low-Threshold models, the seat ― and entire shower design for that matter ― can be figured on the right or the left. In the Zero-Threshold models, the seat/shower can be configured on the left, center or right. Likewise, in certain models, the drain can be configured to the left, center or right, so upon installation, there’s no rerouting of existing plumbing necessary. (This lowers the installation fees; more about that later).

Both the Low- and Zero-Threshold showers have extra wall handrails to facilitate movement getting into, during and when leaving the shower. These even include a semi-circular handrail over the temperature control knob. The Zero-Threshold models provide extra handrails for its occupants.

Specially designed shower curtains that are weighted at the bottom are a standard feature with all shower models and also include the curtain rod.  While the four different models (one Low-Threshold/three Zero-Threshold) come equipped with different features, in general, each Safety Suite Shower includes:  

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  • 2″ brass body drain w/ strainer, expansion seal gasket 
  • 2-in-1 shower valve grab ring 
  • 2-in-1 six-inch traditional curved grab bar 
  • HansGrohe Ibox Universal rough in shower valve 
  • HansGrohe Metris S/E pressure balance shower trim 
  • HansGrohe Croma, three-jet, Handheld Shower set, shower arm mount and hose 
  • HansGrohe Porter E Handheld Shower holder 
  • 6″ shower arm and flange 
  • 63″ stainless steel curtain rod, 18-gauge stainless steel 
  • Curtain rod cup holders 
  • Rectangular sponge/soap basket 

Starting October 24th, Tub King will carry four different Safety Suite Showers:

  • 60″ x 32″ with 4″ Low-Threshold 
  • 60″ x 30″ with Zero-Threshold 
  • 60″ x 33″ with Zero-Threshold 
  • 60″ x 36″ with Zero-Threshold
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More Good News 


Prices for Tub King’s Safety Suite Showers start at $2,295 and go up to $4,095, depending on the configuration and finishes the customer chooses. Installation fees vary, usually between $1,500 and $1,800.


All Safety Suite Showers are packaged modularly; in either three or five pieces. The advantage? Unlike some bathtub or shower remodeling projects, where the bathroom door needs to be removed and the aperture widened to accommodate a new tub (i.e., a Walk-in tub), this isn’t necessary with Safety Suite Showers. Since they’re delivered in separate pieces, each fits through the door with ease. This also saves on overall installation fees. Nearly any licensed plumber can install one and installation can usually be done in one day.


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Reflect, for a moment, upon the product’s name: Safety “Suite.” It’s not just the showers that are specifically designed for safety. Its optional bathroom accessories are as well. Take a close look at the photographs. Notice that the bathroom paper roll has a support handle, the shelves have a support handle, and the towel bar also has a support handle. User-friendly? Absolutely!


The Safety Suite Shower by Tub King is your ideal, elegant shower for today, as well as your ergonomically configured shower when you go “Back to the Future” tomorrow.

In this article, I discussed some of the challenges that people faceas they age, especially Baby Boomers, which can diminish their mobility and ability to shower safely. I then discussed an ideal solution: Safety Suite Showers, which are now being carried by Tub King, in Jacksonville, Florida. I described the two main model types, Low-Threshold and Zero-Threshold, and then discussed some of the features, attributes and price ranges of each.  I discussed their ease of installation and also pointed out that all of the optional accessories are designed with support handles as well. If you found this article interesting, please share and forward. If you’d like to leave a comment or question, please do so in the Comments section below. 
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 Alan and Kerry Knight are the owners of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville, Florida. Together they have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” four years running. To contact Tub King directly, call (800) 409-3375, (800)843-4231 or email alan@tubking.com. 

Robert Kaye is an internationally published, multi-award-winning writer and editor.  To date, he’s been published over 450 times in numerous print and electronic media (Internet, TV, radio, and podcasts) covering a wide variety of subjects. He currently serves as the Associate Producer for Working the Web to Win

 

     

How to Win over Unemployment

By Kerry Knight

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The job reports that have come out in the last few months are very deceiving.  Our job-challenged, sluggisheconomy hasn’t gotten any better over the last few years, and reports about the actual numbers of those currently unemployed are hiding some alarming secrets.

First, “unemployment” rolls don’t tell the whole story.  A very large number of those who are no longer showing up as “unemployed” have simply stopped looking for work.  Why?  They have given up hope.  No one is hiring them.
Second, a large number of those who have finally found work have gone into part-time jobs.  That’s right.  All they could find was part-time employment.  That is certainly not sufficient to maintain any kind of lifestyle, but it is all they could find.  How do you survive on a limited, part-time income?
Now, on a positive note, let’s talk about a way to win over this “unemployment” crisis.  Let’s put hope right where it belongs, in our own laps.  Let’s stop depending on government handouts and/or poor choices of part-time work.  Why not decide to go into business for yourself?  Yes, there is a risk, but there is a greater risk by doing nothing.
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There is a fantastic business that you go into with very little capital upfront, which can help put you back on your financial feet.  It requires a set of hands-on skills that you can learn.  It’s called Bath and Kitchen Refinishing.  It involves refinishing, restoring and resurfacing old surfaces to make them look like new again, without the huge expense of tearing them out and replacing them with new fixtures.

 

Let’s look at something as simple as a bathtub.  Old tubs can become damaged due to chips, scratches, and cracks.  They can become faded over time, discolored, stained, and dull.  With refinishing, you can produce a new surface, shiny and bright, without having to remove a single thing, and the cost to the customer is about a fourth of what it would cost to take it out their old tub and replace it with a new one.
The same process applies to porcelain, fiberglass, acrylic, cast iron, steel, and laminate, Formica, wood, ceramic and stone.  You can refinish bathtubs, sinks, countertops, appliances, cabinets and floors. The earning potential is significant, and you won’t have to depend upon anyone but yourself.
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Tub King, Inc., offers an excellent, three-day training school in refinishing for under $500.  Our

internationally attended Bath & Kitchen Refinishing certifies participants in the art and craft of refinishing several different types of Clawfoot bathtubs, sinks, countertops, cabinets, tile, etc.

For the past decade, people from all over the world have traveled to Jacksonville, Florida to attend our class. Previous participants have hailed from Canada, Colombia, Spain and Germany and, of course, from all over the United States. The class runs Friday and Saturday, unless the class size is larger, in which case, the class is continued into Sunday. The class usually runs for a full eight hours each day with a free lunch included. The class is taught by Tub King’s Operation Manager, Mike Turner, who has been instructing the class for well over a year.
 Bathroom and Kitchen Refinishing Class
During the class, participants learn about the entire refinishing process, repairing damaged bathtubs, spraying the tubs to make them look new, refinishing countertops, and more. The students are taught the various skills and then are able to practice in real-time, during the class. It’s here they’ll actually get hands-on experience in learning how refinish a variety of Clawfoot bathtubs, countertops, sinks, cabinets, etc.  At the conclusion of the class students, are awarded a Certificate of Completion as a trained refinishing professional.
Our in-depth curriculum includes: 
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  • An Overview of the Refinishing Industry
  • How to Select the Right Equipment
  • Proper Preparation
  • What are the Most Reliable Coating Products
  • How to Refinish Porcelain (sinks and tubs)
  • Striking Gold in Antique Clawfoot Bathtubs
  • How to Refinish Fiberglass
  • How to Do Spot Repairs
  • What are the Most Effective Cleaners
  • How to Refinish Kitchen Countertops
  • How to Refinish Appliances
  • How to Refinish Ceramic Tile
  • How Refinish Kitchen & Bathroom Cabinets
  • How to Create Multi-speck Patterns
  • How to Refinish Concrete
  • Bathtub Conversion (for Walk-in Tubs) for seniors
  • Truck Bed liners (which is a separate business all in itself)
  • How to Properly Set Up Your Business
  • A Review of the Best Marketing & Advertising Strategies
  • Using Key Strategies to Obtain Work for Months
The class empowers students to be able to work for themselves to change and improve their lives as a Upon completion, students “put up their shingle” and can earn a decent income by providing their professional services, whether it’s in commercial, residential or doing antique work.

certified refinisher.

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Equipment and coating materials are inexpensive and there are many avenues for advertising that are cheap. In fact, we also offer our students advertising assistance; so in addition to offering expert hands-on training, the class also addresses marketing techniques to help our students’ get started with their refinishing business. We offer marketing assistance in the form of brochures, advertisements, and flyers.
We also have an active referral program. Every class graduate is added to Tub King’s database of certified refinishers. When someone from another state contacts us to find out if we’d recommend a professional for any of their refinishing projects, we help them get in touch with one of our graduates who’s nearby them.  Tub King strongly feels that it’s not successful as a teacher if its students aren’t successful.
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So take a look at this opportunity.  It may be just the thing for you.  Stop depending on others for creating a better future for you.  Only you can do that for yourself.

 

In this article, I provided a solution to the issues surrounding our nation’s current “unemployment” figures. I then recommended that those looking to better their standing, look into Tub King’s internationally acclaimed Bath and Kitchen Refinishing course. I went into detail about the weekend course’s hands-on curriculum, and also mentioned some of the things we do to facilitate our graduates’ business success, in terms of setting up their business and marketing. If you found this article useful, please share it with your friends and co-workers.
If you have a comment related to this article, leave it in the Comment section of this blog.  If you’d like to receive a FREE Walk-In Tub Buyers’Guide, click here.  Have a question? Feel free to contact me at the number or email listed at the end of this article and I’ll personally get back to you. It’s been my pleasure sharing this information with you.
Walk-in Tub Buyers’ Guide
Thanks again for visiting with us.
Come see us at the Orlando Home Show, October 24-26 at the Orange County Convention Center.
 Alan and Kerry Knight are the owners of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville, Florida. Together they have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” four years running. If you’d like to contact them, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to alan@tubking.com.
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How to Create a Relaxing Bath


By Kerry Knight
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Taking time to relax to reduce your stress levels can make you feel good. Reducing stress is an important part of taking care of oneself, such as eating properly, getting adequate exercise and sleep.  A warm bath can help relax tense nerves and muscles and can also improve your overall health.   When you’re more relaxed, your blood pressure is lowered, and your body produces less cortisol, a hormone that can wreak havoc in your body over time. Let me offer some suggestions on how to make your bath a special occasion to relish.

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Have the Right Tub.  The ideal tub for relaxing tired muscles and frayed nerves is a deep-soaking tub.  The beautiful cast iron and porcelain tubs are ideal for this.  A traditional fiberglass drop-in tub is only a few inches deep when you measure to the overflow.  This is the type of tub you’ll find in most homes. It’s time to get rid of the old “tub bucket” and replace it with a gorgeous deep-soaking tub, such as our elegant Clawfoot Tubs.  The classic reproductions are very similar to the antique bathtubs of yesteryear.  These cast iron tubs, overlaid with rich classy porcelain, are back in vogue.  They come in many shapes and sizes such as Slipper Tubs, Double Slippers, Dual-Ended, Pedestals, and Traditional Roll Tops.  Most will come with elegant chrome, brushed nickel or oil-rubbed bronze legs, all of which accentuate the beauty of the tub.  These tubs allow you to lie back in a full body of water and totally relax.
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Another great option is our Walk-in Tubs. They’re like having your own, private Jacuzzi in your own bathroom.  Some models have air jets, and others have both air jets and hydro jets with a built-in heater. The soothing jets relax tired, aching muscles and joints, and reduce the discomfort and disability associated with back pain, fibromyalgia, early arthritis and much more.  Did you know that the human body weighs 90% less in water?  That fact alone brings rest to a weary and tired body, and stressed out mind.

Get Clean Before You Soak. This first step is optional, but if you’ve been exercising or working in the yard or just feel grimy, rinsing off in the bath or shower first will help you feel like you’re not soaking in dirty water.
Make Sure Your Bathroom is Clean and Warm.  Nothing destroys the mood more than seeing trash or clutter on the floor while you’re trying to relax.  Set the temperature gauge so that when you get out of the tub there’s no sudden chill.  A small heater in the bathroom might be the perfect thing – as long as you place in area that’s going to remain dry.  Remove any items that can spoil your mood. For example, if you have a cat and keep the litter box in the bathroom, move it elsewhere when you’re taking this important time out for yourself. 
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Plan a Themed Bath.  How about a total lavender theme? Combine lavender oils, fragrances and décor.  But, keep the fragrances to a minimum so as to overpower your senses. You could even use some rich, soft purple towels to really set the mood right, along with purple candles.
Set the Water Temperature Right.  Make sure the water is warm but not scalding.  Incidentally, unlike regular fiberglass tubs, the cast iron will help keep the water’s warmth longer. Water temperature is very subjective so you may want vary it to see which suits you best. I know of some people who prefer cooler water temperatures in the summer time and warmer during the colder months. 
Speaking of temperature, if you’re one of the fortunate few to have a shower and bathtub in the same bathroom, you can always take a lesson in relaxation from the Finns, Danes, Swedes, Russians, etc. Sometimes called a “sauna cycle,” you alternate between soaking in a hot (again, not scalding) bath for about 10-15 minutes and then immediately take a cold shower.  Alternate between the two for about three to five times each. I guarantee when you’ve finished this ritual, your body/mind will thank you. 
Keep Nice, Fluffy Towels and Night Clothes within Arm’s Reach. When you step out of the tub, why not step into an oversized towel, which can you can wrap around yourself from shoulder to foot? Then, once you’ve dried yourself off, slip into some ultra-soft PJs or a comfortable nightie. Don’t forget slippers if it’s cold and if you have wooden floors. The idea is to make your transfer from the bathroom to the bedroom as pleasant as possible. After all, you don’t want to spoil the mood you so carefully created for yourself. 
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Use a Tub Caddy. This is the tray that reaches across the tub, which is ideal for holding some additional comforts. Pour a glass of wine, open your favorite book (I don’t recommend a thriller at this point; remember, you’re trying to relax), or light a scented candle.  Tub Caddies can be purchased as a special feature for your Clawfoot Tub.

Place Something Soft Behind Your Neck and Head. As you recline on the sloped side of the tub, use a neck pillow or a folded towel to rest your head and neck. 
Consider Adding Some Mood Music. Bring in a disc or MP3 player and put on your favorite relaxing music. There are thousands of CDs and artists to choose from. If you’re handy with the PC, you can use software such as Windows Media Player to custom-mix your very own “bath time music.” Another option is to visit sites such as iTunes or YouTube. There are some specific musical entries that are specifically designed for relaxing or meditating. Here’s one to get you started: “3 Hours of Relaxing Music | Relaxation Music” featured by the Relaxing New Age Music Channel.  If you bring a laptop into the bathroom, make sure it’s in a place that will remain dry. 
Relax Your Eyes. Place cotton pads soaked in ice water or slices of cold cucumber over your eyelids to reduce puffiness while you rest. You may want to do this after your bath, however. The temperature contrast between the cold eye presses and the warm bath water may prove to be a bit disconcerting for some. Try it out; if you like it, go for it. 
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Use 100% cotton flannel scrubs to wash yourself once you’ve exited the bath.  Blot yourself dry and    

then apply lotion or a moisturizer.

Finish it all off with a warm drink to keep you relaxed. The age-old standard is warm milk and honey. Or you could sip some herbal chamomile tea. Chamomile, by the way, has been scientifically shown to have mild sedative effects; it’s treasured for its ability to relieve insomnia and encourage a good night’s sleep.  
Come to think of it, all this talk about how to take a relaxing bath has definitely put me in the mood. I’m already starting to plan out my bathtub-induced “me time.” Let’s see, I have a nice bottle of Beaujolais, a compilation of relaxing smooth jazz that I recently made, a cinnamon-scented candle, my favorite PJs …  I can’t wait to get home!
In this article, I shared several great tips for how to take a relaxing, stress-reducing, long and luxuriating soak in the bath.  I talked about which bathtubs are best for these special moments, such as Clawfoot and Walk-In Tubs, and discussed other things you can do to create the ambiance that will help you best relax. If you found this article useful, please share it with your family, friends and co-workers. If you have a comment related to this article, leave it in the Comment section of this blog.

If you’d like to receive a FREE Walk-In Tub Buyers’ Guide, click here.  Have a question? Feel free to contact me at the number or email listed at the end of this article and I’ll personally get back to you. It’s been my pleasure sharing this information with you.

Thanks again for visiting with us.

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Alan and Kerry Knight are the owners of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville, Florida. Together they have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” four years running. If you’d like to contact them, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to alan@tubking.com.
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