Health & Wellness

Choosing The Right Time For a Walk-In Tub

caregivers nurse November month tubKnowing 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.

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3 years ago

Haven’t seen one “in person”, but I was wondering if you can get into it like a normal tub filled with hot water and then wait for it to drain after you finished? My wife can get into our tub but can’t get out easily or safely so it has been showers only for her for some time, and like all women, she loves to sit in the tub with a book and glass of wine,

Gayle Makin
3 years ago

In your promotion of the “walk-in” tubs, you forgot to tell your readers that they would have to sit in the tub bare bean and butt naked while the tub fills with water. Then they have to sit there bare bean, butt naked, wet and cold while the water drains out of the tub. NOT A FUN EXPERIENCE.

3 years ago
Reply to  Gayle Makin

True sitting there buck naked is not a fun experience. You can easily remedy that by installing a ceiling heater. Home Depot has options for as low as $90.

3 years ago

Seems this would be a good option for a small bathroom for someone wanting a tub with jets. Especially if space is limited and a bigger person wants a tub that is deep enough to submerse in. I have resisted buying because I’m not ready to admit I’m old at 68!

3 years ago

Read up on walk-in tubs just for informational purposes. I don’t need one nor does my wife but I looked at one in my local Lowes store. There is one very major point with these that is seldom, if ever, mentioned: you have to be IN the tub as it fills AND as it empties. Now this might sound like one of those “i knew that!” moments but many folks do not and probably never even thought about it. Depending on how long it takes for the tub to fill and empty you could be in for a long wait in each instance. Myself, I’ll take a walk-in shower with a built in seat any day. Or if the shower does not have a built in seat you can easily purchase a removeable one. Of course if your walk-in shower happens to be one of those tiny phone booth things then I guess you might be out of luck. A shower naturally does not provide the ability to sit and soak like you can in a tub but when you are finished soaking in a walk-in tub and the water is cooling down you still have to sit in a rapidly cooling tub until the water drains and you can open the door to get out. On TV they show the person in the tub wearing a robe. OK, they can’t show them naked but get real! Put on a robe while your in the tub and you will quickly be wearing a wet robe.

3 years ago

Wish that I would have read that article before redoing our bathroom.

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