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Walk-In Bathtubs

Does someone in your family struggle walking or have a physical disability that can make taking high steps difficult or impossible? If so a walk-in bathtub or handicap shower could be the perfect solution. The simple reality is the elderly are more likely to slip and fall stepping into a traditional bathtub than anywhere else in the house. Especially for seniors who live alone, a step-in tub could be a life-saver.

Walk-in tub/shower combo

Many people who prefer bathing to showering, or who require the assistance of a family member of home health aide do not realize there is a walk-in option that doesn’t require a shower-only setup. We can install a totally water-tight walk-in tub/shower combination unit that prevents seniors or those with mobility issues from having to step over the side of the tub, but also preserve the traditional bathing option.

Walk-in tub features

Just because you need a step-in tub/shower unit does not mean you need to sacrifice the comforts other traditional tubs can offer. Our walk-in tubs feature a wide range of amenities that will make your experience as enjoyable as it ever has been. Many of these features are also portable and wheelchair accessible. They include:

  • A shower combo or shower enclosure
  • Jacuzzi
  • Shower jets
  • A sit-down shower seat
  • A glass sliding door for easy cleaning
  • Reclining and lifting seats
  • Massage jets
  • Bidet
  • Heaters

In addition to the creature comforts, there are also a multitude of safety features to prevent slip-and-fall accidents. Our walk-in tubs are fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA compliant). Safety features include:

  • Grab bars/hand rails
  • Anti-slip surfaces
  • Quick release drains (so you don’t have to sit in the tub for too long waiting for the water to go down before you can open the door)

Who can benefit from a walk-in bathtub?

Seniors and individuals with physical disabilities that make taking high steps difficult or impossible are the best candidates for a walk-in tub, however with the list of amenities offered, everyone in your home will be able to enjoy their showering or bathing experience.

HOW TO INSTALL A WALK-IN BATHTUB

Depending on your bathroom configuration, there are any number of ways the tub can be installed. Ideally, you want to avoid unnecessary turns from the door to the tub, especially if someone is dependent on a wheelchair. Our trained technicians can visit your home, provide a free assessment and complete the installation for you.

HOW TO CLEAN A WALK-IN TUB

Though many older buildings are still grandfathered in and permitted to maintain physical impediments for wheelchair bound and mobility-challenged individuals, the public’s safety is still your responsibility. Likewise, in the home, caregivers are used to the assisting disabled family negotiate the challenges of daily life, but you can’t be there all the time. Ensuring your loved one’s home is as safe to navigate as possible can avert dangerous falls.

HOW MUCH WATER DOES IT TAKE TO FILL A WALK-IN TUB?

The amount varies depending on the model you choose, but walk-in tubs do not take any longer or use more water than a traditional tub would in order to fill up.

How Much Does a Walk-In Tub Cost?

Again, price varies depending on the model you choose. High-end features can increase the overall cost of the unit, but standard models can be had for approximately $1,500—or less than the cost of a traditional bathroom remodeling. Unfortunately, Medicaid and Medicare do not generally cover the cost of a walk-in tub because it is considered a luxury and not a piece of durable medical equipment. There are affordable monthly payment plans to help reduce the financial burden.

Do you think a walk-in bathtub might be the right solution for your home? Schedule your free consultation today!

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