Conscious Aging: Do You Use Your Bathtub?

My apartment comes with a really great, really deep bathtub. I access the shower by stepping inside the tub — a rather high step, which I can fortunately manage without difficulty.

Earlier in my life, when the kids were small, I remember retreating to the bathroom to take a long, hot soak in the tub — and telling the kids firmly that I was “occupied” and if they needed anything, Daddy was on point. I think I enjoyed the quiet break as much as I enjoyed the bath. But I haven’t done that in years. Indeed, although I’ve lived here for three years and shower every day after my workout, I’ve never filled the tub and soaked in it. Not once.

I’ve just been on a round of visiting independent living facilities with Louise, and none of them have tubs. Walk-in showers are considered safer for older people, especially ones that will accommodate a chair or stool if necessary when a shower needs to be taken sitting down.

How about you? Do you have a tub? Do you use it? Would you miss a tub, if your living arrangements didn’t come with one?

6 thoughts on “Conscious Aging: Do You Use Your Bathtub?

  1. Yes I do, daily. Our bathtub is a 1950’s vintage tub..not that deep. I try to be mindful of water consumption in other ways but I can’t give up the tub yet.

  2. We just completed remodeling both bathrooms at our house…finally. The master had a large soaking tub (which we’ve used max 2-3 times in the 12 years we’ve owned the house) and the guest bath a combined tub/shower. Although tubs are fewer these days, we decided we should keep one for re-sale purposes, since many families with small children still like a tub. We kept the soaking tub, mainly because it was more difficult to get out and reconfigure. But we have two newly built showers which are heavenly to use!

  3. for Joyce: I love those old 1950’s tubs because they usually have an inclined back, not the straight up and down back of the newer tubs that makes it less comfortable to recline. Newer is not always better!

  4. for Phyllis: Sounds great! I think your home is wonderful, and am glad that you have remodeled bathrooms — always a nice enhancement.

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