As I am approaching senior citizenship, nothing sounds better to me than a nice hot bath to sooth away the soreness of my joints and muscles after a long hard day of work. In my research over retirement issues, and affiliate marketing for grandparents, and researching my own retirement, I have come across a lot of information about hot tubs for seniors. I have gathered a few facts, and wanted to share them with you in case you find you’re stressed and achy. So here’s what I found. Let me know what you think.
I’m Just an Old Girl With Arthritis
Before we get too far into this discussion, I want to tell you that it is vitally important that you check with your doctor before attempting any kind of heat therapy such as using a hot tub or spa. Also, pay attention to hot tub manufacturing guidelines and rules of any public hot tub or spa.
Also, I’m not a doctor or any kind of health specialist. So, any advice I can give you is purely my opinion and nothing else. Again, check with your doctor or health professional before attempting hot tub or spa therapy.
What Is a Hot Tub (Or Spa)?
“A hot tub is a large tub or small pool full of water used for hydrotherapy, relaxation or pleasure. Some have powerful jets for massage purposes. Hot tubs are sometimes also known as spas or by the trade name Jacuzzi.
In contrast to a typical bathtub, a hot tub is designed to be used by more than one person at a time, with many models accommodating four or more people. Hot tubs are usually located outdoors, although they can be installed indoors. Also, the water in a hot tub is not changed with each use, but is kept sanitary using methods similar to those used for swimming pool sanitation. Another difference between baths and hot tubs is that soaps and shampoos are not used in wet-jetted hot tubs (although they can be used in air-jetted hot tubs).” From Wikipedia
Why Is a Hot Tub or Spa So Important For Enriched Senior Living?
According to the CDC, more than 54 million adults in the U.S. have a type of arthritis. The majority of those are aged 65 or older.
Hot tubs and spas can help you cope with the pain and stiffness caused by arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation recommends warm water therapy, and research confirms its benefits.
Where Do I Find Hot Tubs or Warm Pools For Therapy?
Most public recreation centers feature a hot pool or hot tub for therapy regimens. Perhaps the closest to me, is the Silverthorne Rec Center in Silverthorne Colorado. You can find a recreation center by Googling your town government.
Local hotels often have hot tubs. Check with the front desk staff to see if you could schedule regular times to use their hot tub. Because we have no community pool, our local hotel allows swimming lessons and water aerobics classes in their pool, and also rents its hot tub for physical therapy.
Hot springs and mineral pools. Where I live in the Rocky Mountains, there are geothermal pools throughout the state. Many are set up to accommodate people with decks, steps, seats, dressing rooms, and handrails. These typically charge a daily entrance fee. The one closest to us, in Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado, has a punch card deal where you purchase your visits in bulk and pay less per visit, having your card punched for each visit you use. Google to find a hot spring in your area.
However, there are several hot springs locations that are free to the public. They are primitive, with no handrails, steps, or seats. But you still get the benefit of the heat. Saratoga Wyoming has a free hot springs including two public pools with established stairs, seats, and handrails, and a locker room/rest room/changing room, but they also have the “Hobo Pool“. It’s a “rocked-off” area in the adjacent North Platte River where the hot water flows down from the pools. If you are up for a little climbing down a semi-steep embankment, the hobo pool is a great place to get your hot water fix. Again, Google to find a free hot spring in your area.
Install a hot tub or spa in your home. It’s my opinion that if you have medical or exercise equipment in your own home, you are more apt to use it regularly. You can have a professional contractor install anything from just a jetted tub to a large pool outside with seating for 8-12 adults, depending on how much money you want to spend. My favorite is the step in tubs that can be installed in a regular bathtub footprint, that keep you sitting upright, and have a door for entrance and exit.
One thing I’ve been excited about, is the availability of inflatable hot tubs or spas. They require no special electrical or plumbing; just a flat surface, a garden hose, and an extension cord. You can even bring them when you are RV camping. They are available in several sizes and can be moved or taken down and stored. They are a less expensive alternative to installing and hard-wiring a tub in your home.
And then there are the home made hot tubs and spas. If you are handy, then making a hot tub can combine your talent with your need for hot water therapy. Stock tanks, like you would use to provide water for cattle and horses, make great hot tubs. Combine with a propane heater, and you have an inexpensive hot tub.
Turn Your Plain Old Bathtub Into a Jetted Spa
There are many products available that you can install into any standard bathtub that can bubble or jet air into your tub, allowing you the benefits of a jetted tub, without the disruption and expense of installing a high dollar model.
Why Should I Use a Hot Tub?
Here are the benefits you get from hot tub or warm pool therapy:
Stretch Out in the Pool
- Go for a dip. When you have arthritis, a warm pool is the ideal place to strengthen your muscles and increase your flexibility. The water will reduce the force of gravity compressing the joint and offer 360-degree support for sore limbs that have limited range of motion.
- Reap the rewards. Flexibility and relief last long after you towel off. Studies show that patients with arthritis and fibromyalgia who participated in warm water exercise programs two or three times a week could move around better and had as much as 40 percent less pain.
- Don’t overdo it. Maximum benefit is reached after about 20 minutes in a warm pool or bathtub. Make sure you drink water before and after your dip.
How Do I Pay For a Hot Tub or Spa Installation
Medicare will cover durable medical equipment if prescribed by a licensed physician. Will medicare pay for a hot tub? Medicare will not pay for luxury items such as a hot tub unless it’s prescribed by a licensed physician to treat a specific condition.
Your doctor will tell you if heat therapy or hydrotherapy is a good treatment for you. Work with your doctor, your insurance company, and your contractor, because you might be able to get insurance to pay for at least part of the tub and the installation.
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Hot water or hydrotherapy is great for sore muscles and stiff joints. Once you check with your doctor about your treatment options, hopefully you can find a public hot tub or warm pool that will work for your therapy regimen. It’s a great place to meet people and get your hydrotherapy! Or you can work with one of the many installation options available to put a hot tub in your home. Check out your options, and if you have comments or questions, please put them below. Thanks for reading!