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How to Create a Safe, Easy-to-Use Spa Experience for Older Adults


As a country, we’re living longer. In fact, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) projects life expectancy will increase by nearly eight years by 2050. Many older adults want to thrive and be inspired as they age, and longevity is 75% lifestyle.

Today, as more and more adults are making decisions that will help them age in place, a little bathroom tech and thoughtful design can go a long way toward creating a wellness retreat that allows you to do just that.

The benefits of steam have been well-known for centuries. It’s a great way to put pep back in your step or help you slow down and recover. Perfect for any age, but especially for those looking to increase blood flow and loosen stiff joints, a steam shower is designed with your comfort and quality of life in mind.

Steam can help address typical effects of aging, with potential wellness benefits like rejuvenated skin, stress reduction, brain health via improved sleep, and heart health.

Whether you’re looking to maintain an active lifestyle or simply need a place to escape and unwind, here are a few ideas to help you create a spa experience that’s both safe and straightforward. 

Welcome to the No-Fall Zone

According to the CDC, most falls in the home happen in the bathroom, but a steam shower lends itself to a no-fall zone. A place to sit in the shower, like deep bench seating, reduces the risk of falls, while easy-to-access controls and adjustable plumbing make for a comfortable and protective experience.

Plan now for what you may also want later: We know and love zero-entry showers because they equal zero-issues. Easily navigating in and out of the shower is a luxury for all and, for some, a must, especially with wet floors and slippery tiles.

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Technically, It’s Called Relaxing

In truth, as you age, ‘set it and forget it’ means more fun and less worry. You’ve earned the time to take your time to feel great and relax. But how easy is it to add steam and know how to operate it? Answer: Really easy.

For example, the iSteam3, an easy-to-use touch screen display, gives you complete control over your steam experience. With a single stroke of the finger, the device allows owners to create multiple profiles, so you don’t have to reprogram or remember your preferred settings each time you shower. It’s great for couples, visiting family and multigenerational households, or when the grandkids visit.

Additionally, MrSteam’s SteamLinx® mobile app means less time spent fussing with tricky dials in the shower and more time spent relishing a safe spa experience. The app provides owners the ability to control their steam shower from anywhere in the home using a smartphone or mobile device.

In fact, today’s tech can help with everything from starting a shower automatically at your desired temperature to making sure your towels are toasty-warm. A pleasure at any age, the spa-like vibe of wrapping yourself in a warm towel after a relaxing steam is elevated by MrSteam towel warmers, which include AromaTherapy with an essential oil well and auto timers.

You’ve Earned It

At any time of day or night, simply 15 minutes of steam bathing can help put your mind at ease. Introducing technology into your home that will give you new vitality is a terrific way to start — including a steam shower. The heat, silence and privacy will help you relax in the moment, and the personal investment will stand the test of time.

Luckily, installing a steam unit in your bathroom doesn’t have to be a complicated remodeling project. Check out some of MrSteam’s case studies to see how you can create a spa experience that suits your needs, or download our brochure to learn more about the benefits of a steam shower. You’ll discover that your perfect spa experience is only a few simple steps away.

Topics: Benefits of Steam, Aging in Place / Accessibility

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