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Hot Tubs for Seniors

If you’re thinking about adding a hot tub into your home there are many beneficial reasons for doing so, but there are also lots of considerations to take into account before moving forward with a purchase decision. 

 

Factors that you need to be mindful of include your proposed budget, built-in safety features, determining what style is attractive to you, color palette preference to align with surrounding elements, the ideal size and shape, complementary features to customize the experience, and where it will go within your home or on your property are good places to start. After those factors have been well thought through, next will come warranties included and optional ones that can be upgraded to, maintenance grace period, and repairs and part replacement when fixes are needed as a hot tub ages. 

Benefits of Hot Tubs for Seniors

 

Hot tubs are fantastic products for seniors to enjoy on a regular basis for several reasons, we outline their benefits below:

  • Helps to reduce blood pressure

Seniors consistently have concerns regarding their blood pressure and are often looking for ways to lower it, hot tubs do a wonderful job to accomplish that goal. Studies have proven that just after 10 minutes, blood pressure readings are lower for many of their participants.

 

  • Relieves stress

Seniors have lots on their minds and things happening in their lives which creates unwanted stress to deal with. Hot tubs melt away the stress and help to clear the mind to regain focus and confidence.

 

  • Improves the quality of sleep

Seniors often struggle with getting a good night of sleep, but with the help of a hot tub session in the evening shortly before bed it can help immensely with both falling asleep quickly and staying in a deep slumber to feel refreshed upon waking in the morning.

  • Back pain relief

    Seniors often have to endure a sore back and it affects not only the back but the whole body with regards to mobility, exercise, household chores, and daily outings and activities. Your back pain may be the result of having arthritis, sciatica, osteoporosis, spinal degeneration, or for another reason, but with the help of a hot tub – the combination of soothing heat and jets (if part of your model) providing a gentle massage, the back eases up so you can better enjoy your life.

  • Deal better with arthritis limitations

If your arthritis reduces your strength and flexibility and you are looking for a good solution to increase it in a natural way, then hot tub treatments are a solid option. Joint damage is another unfortunate byproduct of arthritis as well, but by getting into a hot tub to get the joints moving better again you can prevent further damage to them.

 

  • Overall body aches and pains fade away

Seniors are accustomed to dealing with sore and aching muscles, but through hot tub therapy those uncomfortable body discomforts can be greatly reduced for hours or even days after sessions are over.

 

  • Light exercise can be more enjoyable

Some seniors avoid light exercise because it hurts the body while doing it. Hot tubs relax the body and reduce pain, making light exercise the ideal time for some seniors to do it while in there. Consulting with a doctor to get his or her approval beforehand is recommended though before starting a light exercise program in a hot tub or elsewhere. 

Hot Tub Types

It’s advised that seniors take their time before committing to buy a hot tub of any kind, there are many quality ones on the market to choose from and finding the right fit the first time is so important. Below are some of the main types of hot tubs that are appealing to senior citizens. 

Indoor Hot Tubs

Hot tubs of the indoor variety offer a few positive attributes including having year-round and 24/7 access to your hot tub regardless of geographic location, no need to clean off fallen snow from the hot tub cover, desired temperatures stay more consistent to control energy costs, full privacy in the comfort of your home, and others as well. 

 

There are some considerations that need to be addressed though when it comes to indoor hot tubs including needing a good space to house the unit, a proper ventilation system may need to be installed to fight against mold and bacteria build up, a sound drainage system needs to be put in, and hard flooring that can withstand moisture and water exposure while providing a non-slip surface is recommended – especially for seniors who can be more prone to injuries. 

Outdoor Hot Tubs

Hot tubs that are based outside certainly have their place in the market and are highly regarded amongst the senior community, and for good reason. To be able to enjoy the great outdoors and views while in the comfort of a bubbly hot tub is appealing, to not have to worry about putting in a ventilation or drainage system reduces costs and time to get everything up and running, with potentially more room outside versus inside – larger hot tub models are possible to have if desired, and there are additional positive advantages too. 

 

On the flip side of the coin, the surface for the hot tub needs to be flat and stable to hold lots of weight, location is a factor if privacy from neighbors is important, the path to get to the hot tub needs to be safe to walk on, proximity to the house is important during the colder months, and depending on where you live – permits may need to be purchased or regulations may need to be followed and worked within. 

Portable and Inflatable Hot Tubs

Seniors like to have options and flexibility in their lives and the nice aspect about getting a portable or inflatable hot tub is that they can be used not only in various locations in your home or property but can be taken with you when you travel so your body and mind can heal no matter where you go. 

 

You may be thinking that when you travel you just use a hotel hot tub, or go to a local gym where one is located. While this can be a good idea, it can also be harmful to contract water-related illnesses in public hot tubs if the bacteria levels aren’t always kept in check. The main drawback of having a hot tub that’s of the inflatable type is that either you need to have the ability to inflate, fill, drain, and deflate your tub, or someone who’s traveling with you needs to have the capability to do so. 

Wood-Fired Hot Tubs

A wonderful rustic hot tub option for seniors is a wood-fired hot tub – they are beautifully designed, don’t run off of electricity or gas so they are better from a carbon footprint perspective, and chemical sanitation products are often avoided with the water being regularly switched out. Some models come already pre-built, while some need to be assembled and either you if you’re able to and feeling ambitious or someone you know can take on the project.

Costs of Hot Tubs

The costs of initially purchasing and then owning a hot tub on an ongoing basis varies widely depending on many different factors at play. The largest cost is the initial purchase of a hot tub and potentially the installation of it, and constructing an infrastructure to support the proper operation of it may also be needed – including but not limited to flooring, drainage, electrical, and ventilation. 

 

Before settling on a particular manufacturer and model you need to ask yourself questions such as indoor, outdoor, or portable? Budget range? What’s the maximum number of people you want to be able to go in? Jets or no jets? Seating, bench style, or a combination? What features do you want? Do you want storage areas and spaces for drinks or food? Fun lighting options? These are good places to start so you can effectively explore which options will work for your needs.

 

Always have a very good idea of what you’re looking for before you enter hot tub showrooms so salespeople don’t take advantage of the situation to sell you something you don’t want or upsell you on features you don’t need. 

Maintenance Costs

Many hot tubs come with their fair share of maintenance and financial responsibilities including electricity and water usage costs, the ongoing cleaning and testing of the water, filter replacement, using chemicals to sanitize and balance the water, and other maintenance tasks that are specific to the model you ultimately decide to purchase. 

Parts and Repair Costs

Upkeeping a hot tub can at times require purchasing parts and hiring someone who has hot tub repair experience to fix what’s broken. Budgeting in advance for when fixes are needed is being a responsible hot tub owner. Annual proactive maintenance on a hot tub can help to prevent large issues from popping up and reduce the costs of operating it over the long-term, and keep it up and running more consistently. 

Accessory Costs

There are some accessories that are imperative purchases for a hot tub, perhaps most notably, a quality cover that acts as a safety measure when not in use, effectively maintains the target water temperature, and prevents unwanted bacteria and contaminants, and dirt, tree leaves, and other debris from getting into the water if a hot tub is located outside. Installing steps that safely help people get into and out of an elevated hot tub above ground level is a good idea as well. 

Hot Tub Considerations for Seniors

A hot tub purchase is a major decision to make and should be treated as such before and after one has been bought. A great reason to buy one is for the therapeutic and health benefits that hot tubs offer, and each model is different in many regards. There are numerous types of hot tubs from every manufacturer, features can be added to meet your unique needs for use, and there are maintenance and associated costs to keep in mind. 

 

When the proper research has gone into finding and buying the perfect hot tub and configured to your liking, and the upkeep is always top of mind, the investment into a hot tub can pay dividends in numerous ways over several wonderful years of use. 

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