Knowing the benefits of a walk-in tub is one thing. Deciding the right time to purchase one is another. Like any investment, you want to make sure you’re getting something that will be of value to you for the long-term.
We’ve simplified the decision-making process based on frequently asked questions and considerations to help you determine if walk-in tub is the right fit for you. And, if now is the time to buy.
HOW to choose a walk-in tub based on features
Be sure the walk-in tub is designed for the user. Look for grab bars that are built-in and well-placed for easy accessibility. Make sure the tub is easy to enter and exit, has a leak-free door, and has touch controls. A good walk-in tub will have a Quick Drain system in it.
Fall injuries are commonplace among older adults. Over 800,000 patients a year are admitted to the hospital because of injuries related to a fall. According to the CDC, average hospitalization cost for a fall injury is over $30,000.
A quality walk-in bathtub will have safety features that help you bathe safely and independently so you can stay in your home longer. These types of features shouldn’t be considered add-ons to your walk-in tub of choice, but should come standard with the design.
WHAT to consider when buying a walk-in tub
Look for available options including therapeutic air and water hydrotherapy jets, that massage aching joints and muscles and help improve circulation. Also, premium faucets that fill the tub quickly, as well as quick draining features.
Chromotherapy, aromatherapy, and a waterproof neck pillow for comfort are also included with some tub models. Ask yourself how a walk-in tub will benefit you and the short- and long-term value you can receive as a result.
WHERE to get your walk-in tub
You’ll want to purchase your walk-in tub from a trusted manufacturer in the bathroom industry. One who will be there to stand behind their products and service. A company with a notable reputation and experience that spans over decades of positive customer service and high-quality products can ensure you receive a walk-in tub to last a lifetime.
WHO should consider a walk-in tub
While most people who use walk-in baths are ages 55 and over, walk-in baths are a comfortable and convenient bathing option for anyone with limited mobility, fear of falling while bathing, or health–related issues that could benefit from their therapeutic features. Many who require wheelchair accommodations turn to a walk-in bath as a safe way to continue bathing independently.
Is Now the Right Time for Me?
Do you relate to any part of the how, what, where, or who? If so, the “when” should follow naturally. The right time to buy could be now – especially if you feel you can benefit from the built-in features, or the safety features that walk-in tubs provide.
Walk-in tubs aren’t a one-size-fits-all solution, which is why a bathtub specialist will schedule a free, in-home appointment with you to review your bathroom size and discuss your individual sizing, features, and budget needs.