Bentley Baths is the nation’s leading provider of high quality fully ADA complaint walk-in bathtubs, transition tubs and safe bathing appliances designed to help keep seniors and people with mobility issues living independently in their own homes.
George Bentley is the Founder & CEO. As a result of his very personal experiences with bathroom safety, George spent ten years of extensive research and study on the subject, becoming one of the most experienced safety and aging-in-place consultants working with seniors and their families. He and the team at Bentley Baths are committed to helping people thrive at home for life!
Our Story Bentley Baths began in 2003 when George’s life took an unexpected turn. George’s mother, Sara, fell in a traditional tub and broke her hip. She was healthy and vivacious then, and her injury caught everyone completely by surprise. Sara’s health spiraled downward from there – hospitals, medications, complications, and eventually a nursing home – in what George now knows is a very common pattern. As a direct result of her injuries, Sara died in that nursing home in 2004. After this tragedy, George’s father Earl, age 85 at the time, made it perfectly clear that he would never enter a nursing home. George’s challenge was clear: how could he help his father age safely in his home for the rest of his life? George now had a new mission and a deep personal passion for finding the solution to the challenge. Not much help was available so George set out to learn all he could. After ten years of extensive research and study, George has become one of the most experienced safety and aging-in-place consultants working with seniors and their families, earning the designations of an Aging in Place Home Specialist and Certified Environmental Access Consultant. He and the team at Bentley Baths are committed to helping people thrive at home for life!
Seniors Are Afraid To Bathe…For Good Reason
By: George Bentley
Owner, Bentley Baths
In 2002, my Mother fell in the bathroom and broke her hip. I was not prepared for the downward spiral her health went through following that fall. The hip injury set in motion what I now know to be a very common pattern of health problems that directly led to her dying in a nursing home in 2004. My 87 year old Dad made it clear, “I will never go into a nursing home!”
As a result, I have spent three years interviewing hundreds of seniors and their caregivers, and researching all available products and technologies learning how to keep seniors “aging in place” safely. When I learned of walk-in bathing technology, I was amazed and fascinated. But, I knew nothing about them. So, I researched and analyzed every walk-in tub I could find (including recently tubs from China), in order to learn how to determine which product was right for a given situation, which one’s were high quality and which were not.
I have come to believe walk-in bathing technology is, without question, the single most important “first step” to being able to live, and thrive, independently in place for as long as you chose.
Let me share with you the general problem and the three most serious issues every senior who wants to age in place needs to address. I will also discuss how walk-in bathing technologies can help alleviate them.
As you read this information, have your goal clearly in mind, and ask yourself, how does walk-in bathtub technology address it? Simply stated, most often the goal is how do you or your loved ones, bathe and experience longevity in your preferred location, with safety, and dignity.
After interviewing hundreds of seniors, and learning first hand their health and bathing challenges, I have created a few simple questions to determine those who will benefit from this powerful technology.
Longevity – Do you suffer from joint problems, diabetes, or any chronic condition? Are you taking any prescription medication? Do you experience cleansing whole body exercise or stimulation at least 3 times a week?
Safety – Do you put off bathing? Do you shower instead of soak? If so,… why? Do you have to maneuver your body or grab onto support to get in and out of the tub or shower? Has anyone observed what you do to use a tub or shower? Do you use a movable seat? Can you get down into your tub without stress? Can you get up without strain? Have you had a fall, or a near fall, in the past 7 years?
Dignity – Is living independently in your own home for as long as possible important to you? Does your spouse or a loved help you bathe?
Are you a private person? Would it make you uncomfortable to be bathed by strangers? Is being lifted or transferred into the bathing area something you’d prefer not to need?
As we age, our strength, stamina and flexibility diminish. We eventually face a range of bathing issues that did not exist when we were young. However, our bathing environment stays the same. We don’t remodel our bathrooms to incorporate technology to eliminate the dangers.
Many seniors are embarrassed to acknowledge that they have these problems. Often, they would rather ignore them. Few spouses, or grown children ever observe the gyrations and stress that many seniors experience as they quietly struggle to bathe in the privacy of their bathrooms. We tend to ignore the problem until a senior is injured and forced into assisted bathing. I believe that walk-in bathing appliances offer the ability to delay this result for many years, perhaps forever.
Let’s take a realistic look at the impact traditional bathtubs have on seniors.
Reality #1 – Your bathroom is the most dangerous room in your home! Currently, 80% of all people in nursing homes are there due to complications from fall related injuries. Falls, sprains and scalds in traditional bathrooms account for the vast majority of these injuries.
Solution – Walk-in bathing appliances have high side walls and a low threshold door that permits bathers to enter without needing to lift their feet more than a few inches. Appropriately placed ADA grab bars provide personalized stabilization throughout this process. Once in, the bather can lower onto a raised integral seat – AND RELAX! There is no risk of slipping, falling, or trying to get up or down from floor level. Anti-scald valves, drains and accessories are within easy reach.
Reality #2 – Every injury or illness can financially devastate a senior’s savings and financial stability. Healthcare costs are soaring. Many long-term care insurance companies are going under. With my Mom’s hip, my parents spent over $30,000 in uninsured medical expenses, and, $8,000 or more, each and every month, IN CASH, for her nursing home care. Few seniors can afford this.
Solution – Investing in preventative bathing safety products saves money and pays for itself. Even the most expensive walk-in bathing solution can cost far less than a nursing home stay. The investment in prevention and health is crucial to thriving in older age and preserving your cherished financial resources. Think of it this way, if someone is barely getting by financially,… they cannot afford to NOT invest in bathroom safety! As with my Mom, once an accident occurs, it is often too late,… and it nearly bankrupted my parents.
Reality #3 – Few seniors have sufficient access to healthy, non-aggressive, whole-body exercise. Most diseases, like arthritis, diabetes, MS, joint problems, cancer and many others, are due to long term, low grade inflammations. Unresolved, these conditions worsen and can shorten life. Certainly, pain and discomfort become more problematic. As we age, we often don’t have any way to exercise, and stimulate our body to help cleanse the toxins and contaminants that lead to inflammation, pain and debilitating degenerative conditions.
Solution – Medical Hydrotherapy™ delivers sanitary, gentle whole-body massage, and can have truly life altering impact on a senior’s health, relaxation and sense of wellbeing. High quality walk-in bathtubs offer the option of hydrotherapy (not dangerous jetted “hot tubs”). Art Linkletter (currently 95) once told me: “Some people are more afraid of being old than they are of dying,.. The important thing is to have a positive attitude and exercise.” Every single client I have raves about the relaxation, pain reduction and invigorating benefits they receive from hydrotherapy. Many report they are able to reduce expensive, harmful medications.
My Mother always told me: “Knowledge is Power!” We MUST make bathrooms safer, and do our best to prevent injuries from ever happening. Once an injury occurs, it may be too late, like it was for my Mom. You cannot live independently until you have resolved bathing issues for the long-term. Knowledge of bathing technologies, like walk-in tubs, can empower you to take control of your intention to live independently for as long as possible.
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One of the smartest investments I ever made! I have increased the value of my home, lengthened how long I can live here safely, and saved over 30% less than nationally advertised products! On top of that, I have cut down on the expense and danger of blood
pressure and pain medications!
I am so happy we decided to purchase a walk-in bathtub from Bentley Baths. I was so afraid he’d hurt himself trying to get in and out of our old tub. Now, both of us feel safe and comfortable with him bathing alone. After using the Medical Hydrotherapy® for a short period, Jack walks without his cane! Now, that is amazing. We are very, very satisfied.
I love to bathe and soak in hot water, however, I live alone and bathing became something I never looked forward to because of my fear of falling and hurting myself. Now that I have a beautiful walk-in tub that offers me hydro-therapy benefits, it is hard to get me out of the tub. I am telling all my friends about Bentley Baths.
George, I am so excited about my new Bentley Baths. I’ve only had it about a month; I am already feeling pain relief in my arthritic back! You were so excited about your product and now so am I! I want to compliment Bentley Baths on the excellence of the installation and the crew. Thank you for everything!!
I have a painful compression fracture of my spine. Using Bentley Baths’ exclusive Medical Hydrotherapy® is like heaven. After every treatment, I tell myself “it’s a brand new world!” The installation crew was Amazing, too. They answered every question I had, respected my home and possessions, even covered my floors with plastic. They actually left my home cleaner then they found it!
I have reached all my goals regarding pain. In April, I was seriously considering hip replacement surgery for my right hip. Now, I’ll never have replacement surgery again. If I had had my Bentley two years ago, I’d not have a replacement left knee. My goal was to be able to ride my exercise bike 3x per week. I’m riding 5 days a week with no pain increase. I haven’t been able to ride for two years! I know why professional athletes use hydrotherapy – it works! My Bentley walk-in tub is the best gift I’ve ever given myself. It is unbelievable how much my pain level has dropped. Both knees, right hip, both thumbs – all either a 1-2 level of pain (on a scale of 10) or sometimes no pain at all! Before my Bentley, my right hip caused so much pain when I stood up in the morning that tears ran down my face. Now that is just a memory! God Bless George Bentley!
I was a little afraid of my tub at first, but now I love it! I usually use my tub 3 times per week. I feel like I have more energy and I sleep well since I started taking hydrotherapy. I just wish I could put my arms around it and give it a big hug.!
I want to thank you for making it possible for me to take a bath for the first time in over ten years. Because of my disability, MS (Multiple Sclerosis), I have not been able to take a bath without someone very strong lifting me into and out of the bathtub. Your bathtub makes it very easy for someone to assist me in a stand pivot transfer. It feels so good to be surrounded by water once again. The jets are great for my circulation. It is very relaxing to lean back and have the water circulate around me. I would recommend this to anyone who has difficulty getting in and out of the bathtub. Thank you for making this possible for me and many others.
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in the spring of 2007 and at the time of diagnosis; I had a lot of body pain and barely could I walk up three steps on the stairway nor could I get out of a regular bath tub but knew that heat is a treatment for body pain. I have been watching Colorado and Company for some time. When back in July or August 2007, George Bentley was on your show with a segment of his “Amazing Walk-In Bath Tubs”. When I saw that segment on your show, I knew, the therapeutic bath would be the answer for me as a heat treatment instead of using drugs to combat pain and I called up George Bentley.
Dreux, because of that bath tub; I now can walk up four flight of stairs to my apartment which is on the fourth floor and this is hardly without pain. I am so excited about my walk-in bath tub and the healing it has given me as a treatment for pain that I would love to tell the whole world about it. In gratitude,
Being a double amputee takes some getting used to. After 9 years of not having a bath, having my new wheelchair accessible Bentley Baths is wonderful. I can use my Hoyer lift with it. The Medical Hydrotherapy® feels great. I can take a bath or shower and feel safe while I’m in there. I forgot how soothing it is to be in a bathtub. George is a great man who only wants to help those who are mobility limited to be as independent as possible. God bless you and your staff.
A. Anderson – double amputee
I just wanted to say thank you, thank you, thank you so much for coming to see me. I am delighted with my beautiful walk-in bathtub. The installers were just wonderful; they were so neat it almost made me ashamed. Amazing!
I must commend Dan and Andy for the fine job they did on the install. They cleaned the work area each evening so that my wife could use her bathroom. They were very professional and courteous. Best contractors it has ever been my pleasure to be associated with. In short, if all your employees are as professional and courteous as these two, you have a company to be very proud of.
We appreciated the way the crew worked and felt they had our best interest in mind. They did a good and caring job for us. We felt we could trust them and they knew what they were doing. We would definitely recommend them!