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The Thingamajig and Contraption Conundrum – Discussed Through Quotes

Do We Really Need All Of The Bells & Whistles?
 Tub King asks: – “Why do they keep adding more gadgets to walk in bathtubs for seniors and the disabled?”

 Buddy Guy adds: “Why did they keep changing guitars and amplifiers when they were perfect? They did the same things with cars, if you ask me. They forgot how to make them right, because they focused on style and bells and whistles.”

 Tub King remarks: – “Now they even put lights inside the tubs for the elderly. The bathroom is lit already. Besides, I’d think it could potentially be an electrical hazard.”

Nicole Kidman shares: “I think candlelight is the most beautiful light there is and there’s something very spiritual about it.”

 Suki Waterhouse agrees: “I can stay in the bath for, well, the longest has been seven or eight hours. I get completely set up with my laptop so I can watch ‘The Sopranos,’ put out some scented candles, music. I have a towel nearby so I can dry my hand to change the music or the TV. I make a little heaven for myself. And then I just refill and refill.”

Traci Bingham says: “I love to be in my bathroom with my candles lit, morning, noon and night.”

 

 
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 Tub King pipes in: “Yeah, but they toss in “aromatherapy” as an option. It’s nothing more than scented beads placed near the air intake. But if you get scented candles you have both the beauty of the candle but also your favorite scent. Lavender and vanilla tend to be two scents used often for a relaxing environment.”

Diane Ackerman says: “Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains.”

 Jared Padalecki declares: “I love cookies baking. During the winter, they have these candles that smell like cookies, and I always buy like a hundred of them.”

Tub King asserts: “My grandma used to call all of those unnecessary ‘bells & whistles’ useless thingamajigs and costly contraptions. Just another thing she felt would break down,”

 Richard Chamberlain advises: “I’ve learned, I think, to be able to distinguish between the necessary and the unnecessary….. Saying ‘no’ politely is a necessity if one wants to lead any kind of stable life”.

 Tub King asks: “So, you are in agreement? Tub King should focus on the necessities of the tub and only potentially bring on a ‘bells & whistles’ model if its customer base demands it and it is proven safe? It is after all, one of the reasons our products are a fraction of the cost of our walk-in tub competition. We focus on providing a high quality product at very affordable pricing.”

Demetri Marin concurs: “I am completely attracted to the idea of simplicity, or at least removing things that seem unnecessary when trying to get an idea out there.” 

Peace Pilgrim pitches in: “Unnecessary possessions are unnecessary burdens. If you have them, you have to take care of them! There is great freedom in simplicity of living. It is those who have enough but not too much who are the happiest.”

 
 
 
At Tub King, Inc. we offer high quality tubs without all of the bells & whistles. Too many moving parts and unnecessary features add to the cost of the product. The “life” of some of these add-ons are questionable as well. You will not find Tub King add comparable models to our walk-in bathtubs products until which time we are confident in the quality of such add-ons. Our commitment is to the customers, their safety, and their long term enjoyment of their Tub King purchase. 

 

 
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Walk-in Bathtub 101

Slips and falls in bathrooms are not uncommon. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control, “An estimated 234,000 people ages 15 and older were treated in U.S. emergency departments in 2008 for injuries that occurred in bathrooms. Four out of five of these injuries were caused by falls—which can have especially serious consequences for older adults. Almost one-third of adults aged 65 and above who were injured in bathrooms were diagnosed with fractures. Among adults aged 85 and older, 38 percent were hospitalized as a result of their injuries.”
For some people, and especially the elderly, climbing into and out of a traditional tub can be quite challenging.  Knee and hip problems can make it extremely difficult to get into and out of a traditional tub. The floor surfaces can be slippery and there may not be anything to grab onto to retain proper balance. With one wrong move, a person can end up on the floor with a broken hip or other injury.
With old fashioned tubs, you have to sit all the way down on the bottom to take a bath. When the shoulders and knees get creaky due to arthritis and other ailments, the simple act of sitting down in a bathtub can become difficult. With a walk-in tub, you don’t have to lower your whole body to the bottom of the tub. Instead, you just sit down on a built-in chair.
As the average lifespan has increased, there has been an increasing need to make homes safer for people as they age. Walk-in bathtubs have become very popular because they reduce the hazards associated with taking a bath. With a walk-in bathtub, there is no need for climbing. You just swing the little door open, step in, and shut the door. 

Common features for walk-in bathtubs.

Built-in shower seats:Most seats are chair height and have a textured surface to prevent slippage. This enables the user to bath more safely. Getting up from the built-in seat is much easier than pushing oneself all the way up from a standard tub floor.
Textured floors: Most walk-in tubs have a textured floor to reduce the likelihood of slipping. Buyers should beware of any model that doesn’t feature a non-slip floor.
Grab bars: Walk-in tubs usually come with one or more grab bars. These help the bather to retain stability while bathing and while getting up, sitting down, and getting in and out of the tub. In some cases the grab bars can be configured based on whether the user is right-handed or left-handed.
Watertight door: Most walk-in tubs have doors that open inward. Some manufacturers offer a door that opens outward as an option. This can be helpful to people who need to move from a wheelchair to the shower seat.
Handheld shower system: Most walk-in bathtubs have a handheld shower-head located near the faucets.

Options

Depending on the manufacturer, a variety of options may be available. Hydrotherapy, which works with air jets, is available from some manufacturers.  Whirlpool massage systems with water jets are also available. These options can provide a therapeutic spa experience to people with arthritis, leg cramps, or chronic pain.
In-line heaters are available to maintain a steady water temperature. Neck rests are optional from some manufacturers. Another option is a rapid drain system which can allow a tub to empty in less than two minutes. That way, the user doesn’t have to wait all that long to exit from the bath.

Sizes

Models vary in height from about 37 to 47 inches. The width is usually from 28 to 32 inches. The length is normally 60 inches, which is the standard bathtub length. Even though walk-in tubs are designed for walking into, there is a small threshold to step over. The height can vary from 2 inches to 7 inches.
Not all tubs fit properly into the space available in a standard bathroom. Walk-in Tubs can be customized to fit into the available space. Extensions are available so that there will be no gaps between the tub and the wall.

Installation

Professional installation of walk-in bathtubs is highly recommended. People use their bathrooms several times every day. The bathtub is normally one of the largest things in the bathroom. Also, bathrooms are configured in a variety of ways. If you’re considering having a walk-in tub installed in your home or in the home of a loved one, be sure to have it installed by a reputable company like Tub King. An experienced installer knows how to make your walk-in bathtub fit perfectly.
For anyone who has difficulty accessing their bathing area, a walk-in bathtub can provide a comfortable and safe bathing experience. Modern walk-in bathtubs have come a long way from the handicapped bathtubs of the past. If getting into and out of a traditional bathtub has become challenging to you, a walk-in tub could be the solution. With a walk-in bathtub, you’ll be able to move around more safely. Walk-in bathtubs are great for active seniors, elderly people, disabled people, people with limited mobility or anyone looking for a safer and more comfortable way to take a bath.
With a walk-in bathtub, you’ll also experience the healing effects of water on joints & muscles. Tub King offers Soaker models, Hydrotherapy models, and Dual Hydrotherapy with Whirlpool models. They’re built with marine-grade fiberglass and have a gel-coat finish to last a lifetime. They drain quickly, have easy to use controls, and require little maintenance. 
Tub King has many great reviews and guarantees the lowest prices. In commemoration of National Senior Citizens’ Day, August 21st, Tub King is offering special pricing on walk-in bathtubs. Call today to arrange a consultation with a bathtub professional from Tub King.
This article discusses the benefits of walk-in bathtubs for anyone who has difficulty getting into and out of a traditional bathtub. This article also provides information about the features of modern walk-in bathtubs, available options, and considerations related to the installation of a walk-in bathtub. If you’ve found this article helpful in any way, please post a comment and pass the article along to others.
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Have a question? Feel free to contact me at the number or email listed at the end of this article and I will personally get back to you. It’s been my pleasure sharing this information with you.

Alan Knight is the owner of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville,  Florida. He has many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. In addition to providing superior products, Tub King has been honored with “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Awards” for four years running. If you would like to contact Alan Knight, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to alan@tubking.com.

There’s Never Been a Better Time to Buy a Walk-in Tub


By Kerry Knight
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How do you know when it’s the right time to buy something? When it’s on sale? Is it based on new or special features? The right color, technology or other factors? Or maybe it’s the right time to buy a product because its time has come?
One of the best innovations to enter the market place in the last ten years is the Walk-in Tub.  For years, senior citizens and younger adults with mobility challenges had to depend upon traditional bathtubs for bathing.  This was creating problems.  The statistics for falling in the bathroom had become a major health issue, one that was garnering much discussion.  In 2011 a report came out that stated, “Over 80% of injuries in the bathroom were caused by falls.”  Reports also said that women were 72% more likely to fall than men.  According to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.6 million older adults seek emergency care each year for fall-related injuries, and especially fractures or head trauma.  In addition to potentially losing their independence, seniors 65 years old and up have a 25% greater chance of dying within six months to a year if they fall and break a hip.
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It’s a fact: the Walk-in Tub provides a much safer alternative in the bathroom to a regular tub with a high threshold. Instead having to lift the leg 12 inches or more across the rim of a normal drop-in tub, they have an easy six-inch threshold to traverse. Now, after several years of being available in the U.S., the Walk-in Tub has become an advent for greater safety in the bathroom.  And there has never been a better time to get one.  Why?  Read on.

Today’s Walk-in Tubs are better made.  Just as with any new product, there must be time to shake out all the bugs in the system.  That means after ten years, these tubs just function better than their original prototypes. Initially, the structure of the tub was not as durable.  Most were made of thin fiberglass, and the supportive frame was lacking.  Today, the better Walk-in Tubs are made of acrylic or better yet, Marine-grade fiberglass.  That’s the same material you find in a ski boat, which is significantly more durable. Plus, the better frames now are made of stainless steel. That means the frame will not rust, it is lighter weight and just as durable and rugged as pure steel.
Today’s Walk-in Tubs are available in a variety of sizes. Let’s face it, people are not all the same size, so the Walk-in Tubs should be available in sizes to fit the person buying it.  Smaller size Walk-in Tubs enable them to fit through doors in the house without having to do major remodeling.  And for larger sized individuals, or those who may have to manipulate themselves out of and into a wheelchair after bathing, the doors on the tubs are wider today, thus making entry a lot easier.
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Today’s Walk-in Tubs have more features available to enhance the benefits of water therapy. The air-jetted hydrotherapy system creates thousands of micro-bubbles in the tub that positively affect the entire body.  They stimulate the skin and nourish it, creating a gentle massage as the bubbles burst against the skin.  It makes for a tremendous rejuvenation of the body.  Keep in mind that your body weighs 90% less when submerged in water, easing pressure on joints, ligaments and muscles that don’t normally receive relief. Another system that can be purchased today is the water-jetted massage system. This allows for larger jet ports that are adjustable. You can specifically target parts of your body that need therapeutic attention.  The adjustable jets can alter both direction and pressure to reach the maximum comfort level, whether you are treating your back, hips, arms, legs or feet.  

 Another feature is the inline heater. This is a way to keep the water warm while you’re bathing.  It doesn’t continue to increase the temperature (which would eventually become uncomfortable), but rather maintains a comfortable temperature throughout the bathing experience.
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The Walk-in Tub’s safety features have never been better. Not only is there a low entry point or
threshold in entering and exiting the tub (around six inches), there are many other safety features to enhance the tub. The floor and seat are typically slip-resistant.  There is also a grab bar located across from the door on the inside wall of the tub to make it easier for getting up and down.  The seat is normally ADA-compliant (17 inches) so that there is no unnecessary strain on the back.  The hand-held shower sprayer allows one to rinse off while sitting and is within easy reach, just like the faucet and other controls.  Today, everything about the tub speaks to the point of safety and ergonomics.

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Our Walk-in Tub’s prices have never been lower. I know, there are many companies out there who still charge ridiculous prices for the Walk-in Tub, but there are a few, like Tub King, Inc., which has made these tubs affordable for everyone.  I receive emails constantly from potential customers saying, “Why are some firms charging $10,000 to $15,000 for the same Walk-in Tub that you sell for less than $3,000?”  Of course they’re wondering if there’s something defective about a Walk- in Tub that’s priced so low.  It has nothing to do with higher price/better quality.  The answer lies in how companies choose to market their products.  Some companies are content to sell fewer tubs (less hassle for them) while marking the price up.  Others, (like Tub King, Inc.) would rather sell more volume, thus helping more people obtain their tub at a lower more affordable price.
There has never been a better time to own a Walk-in Tub.  Not only does it help with safety in the bathroom, creating independence so that you don’t have to depend on others while performing your own personal hygiene maintenance, relaxing the body, and soothing aching muscles, it can also help with many medical conditions.  
One article listed the following areas that might be helped by regular hydrotherapy sessions in a Walk-in Tub:
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  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Balance Challenges
  • Bronchitis
  • Chest Congestion
  • Colds
  • Diabetes
  • Fibrosis
  • Headaches
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Insomnia
  • Joints
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Lumbago
  • Muscle and Nerve Concerns
  • Poor Circulation
  • Rheumatism
  • Sciatica
  • Shingles
  • Stress
  • Varicose Veins
As I mentioned above, there has never been a better time to purchase a Walk-in Tub.  No reason to wait.  You can get a well-equipped Walk-in Tub at a great price and utilize a professional installer, your own plumber, or maybe even your own skills to install the tub.  Most Walk-in tubs will fit right in the spot where you have a bathtub now.  
Maybe it’s time to stop reading about it, and take the next step.  Your body, mind and spirit will thank you. 
In this article, I listed several reasons why now is the best time ever to buy a Walk-in Tub.  Today’s models have new and improved design features since they were first introduced about a decade ago. Several upgrades have been made to improve their already high safety standards. Also, new features have been added to provide additional health benefits.
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Alan and Kerry Knight are the owners of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville, Florida. Together they have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” four years running. If you’d like to contact them, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to Alan@tubking.com.

How Much Should it Cost to Have a Walk-in Tub Installed?

By Kerry Knight

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Many are in the market today for a Walk-in Tub.  Seniors especially, are becoming aware of the advantages of replacing the old, outdated bathtub with something safer and more therapeutic. They look at the Walk-in Tub as the best solution.  After all, it eliminates the danger of falling while stepping into a traditional bathtub.  Regular tubs typically requires lifting one’s leg up 12 inches or more, and then placing a bare foot onto a slippery surface inside the old tub.  The Walk-in Tub, by contrast, has a short, six-inch threshold and provides a sturdy rail to hold on to while going in and sitting down.  The floor of the Walk-in Tub is also slip-resistant. Once a decision to purchase the Walk-in Tub has been made, the customer begins to look into its pricing.

In addition to the cost of the Walk-in Tub itself, there is another cost that has to be considered, installation.   Some people have the skills to do their own installation. Many of our customers were contractors before retiring.  If they have the energy and the ability to do the installation themselves, it can certainly cost them less money.  Oftentimes, there is someone in their family, an uncle, cousin, brother-in-law or maybe just a good friend who will help with the project. This can create considerable savings on installation fees.
Customer Testimonial of Installed Walk-in Tub

But let’s say the customer has to search for a professional to install their Walk-in Tub.  Where to start?  By calling a qualified plumber.  They can certainly hook up the plumbing for you and water test it.  They may even have an electrician on their staff that can do any electrical work.  Most customers have a plumber they have worked with before, one they trust and can count on.

Another choice would be a general contractor.  Many are purchasing Walk-in Tubs for new construction.  They are having a house built, and find this the perfect occasion for installing the Walk-in Tub.  Usually the contractor will give them a credit for the tub allowance, and will have his subcontractors install it for new homeowners.
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Some customers have used a handyman service to install their Walk-in Tub.  Check the phone book or go online, and you’ll see several professionals who offer many different services, such as carpentry, plumbing, electrical, tile, etc.  It is like finding a one-stop service to do it all.

Now we come to pricing the job.  How much does it cost to have a Walk-in Tub installed?  There isn’t a one set price because every situtation is different.   What is the actual work that must be done?  Let me mention some variations that will alter the pricing of an installation.
Is there an old bathtub that must be taken out?  In most cases there is.  One complete day is usually devoted to demolition.  This requires separating the plumbing, ripping out the tub, clean up and prep work, and disposing of the old tub.  If it is a complete shower surround, it becomes a little more complex. 

What Size Walk-in Tub Do I Need?
Will the installer have to widen any doors? Most Walk-in Tubs rest on a steel frame so they can’t be broken down into smaller pieces.  If the tub is 30 inches wide, which most are, then the doorway to the bathroom must accommodate that.  Usually, the technician can remove the door jamb to give them a little extra room, but the width of the doorway is a consideration and could add to the cost to the installation, especially if the entrance way must be widened even further.

Another consideration when pricing an installation is how the Walk-in Tub will be trimmed out.  Is there ceramic tile in the tub area already?  What exactly is left on the wall around the old tub?  The walls must be protected against water.  The technician may choose acrylic panels, ceramic tile or some other waterproof material to surround the new tub.
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If the old tub was 60 inches long and the new Walk-in Tub is 54 inches long, what’s to be done with the extra six inches?  Most Walk-in Tubs will come with a filler or extension panel that will complete this space.  If not, the contractor will need to provide a knee wall or shelf that can be constructed on the spot.

Have the installer come to your home and review your situation.  He can take measurements and determine if there are any challenges out of the norm.  He should be able to give you a price at that point.  What could the installation cost?  The national average for installing a Walk-in Tub without any surprises or extended labor or material costs, is $2,500. The geographic region you live in can affect the price as well. Do your homework.  Get a couple of estimates and you should be fine.

In this article, I provided a number of things to consider when you’re having a new Walk-in Tub installed.  Many seniors are upgrading their bathrooms to take advantage of the safety features of the Walk-in Tub. Especially since it addresses the number one reason seniors end up needing 24-hour care, (i.e., falling in the bathroom). By upgrading to a Walk-in tub, seniors have a much safer bathroom, allowing them to remain more independent, and to retain their privacy and dignity. 

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If you found this article useful, please share it with your friends and co-workers. If you have a comment related to this article, leave it in the Comment section of this blog.  If you’d like to receive a FREE Walk-In Tub Buyers’ Guide, click here.  Have a question? Feel free to contact me at the number or email listed at the end of this article and I’ll personally get back to you. It’s been my pleasure sharing this information with you. 
Thanks again for visiting with us.
Alan and Kerry Knight are the owners of Tub King, Inc., andSeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville, Florida. Together they have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” three years running. If you’d like to contact them, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to alan@tubking.com.

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The Danger of Bathtubs – Falling is a Family Matter

By Kerry Knight
Normally, purchasing a Walk-In tubis a family matter, not a personal one.  Why?  Two reasons.  First, more times than not, the actual purchase is made by the children of the senior rather than their parent.  Second, when a senior falls in the bathroom, the incident typically involves their children, because they have to take their injured parent to the emergency room, arrange medical care, surgery or rehab. 
Very seldom do seniors in need of a Walk-In tub come to our showroom alone.  They’re often accompanied by a son or daughter.  There’s one personality trait that seems to surface quite often: too much pride.  Many seniors don’t want to be perceived as being “dependent.”  So often I’ve heard them remark, “I don’t need that yet.  Maybe in a few years.”  Also, they don’t want to be perceived as being elderly.  I’ve also heard them say, “That’s for old people.”
While I can appreciate why an individual doesn’t necessarily want to acknowledge they’re getting older and are therefore less agile on their feet, let me offer some rather sobering statistics:

  • When seniors fall, hospital stays are twice as long then when the elderly enter the hospital for other reasons
  • Annually, falls are reported by one third of people over 65
  • Two thirds of those who fall will do so again within six months
  • Over 9,500 deaths are reported annually for seniors who fall
  • One fourth of seniors will die after complications from hip fractured hip surgery within six months of the fall.

Yes, these are scary statistics, not just for seniors, but also their children.  The constant worry and concern by the children is very real, especially if the parent lives in their own home or apartment by themselves, or with another elderly partner, or lives by themselves in a facility where personal care is not around the clock.
Children want their parents to have a safe place to move around in without the fear of falling.  The Walk-in tub provides that in the bathroom, where most falls occur. And especially when you consider that nearly all the structures in the bathroom have hard, unforgiving surfaces such as tile floors, toilets, sinks, bath ledges – along with glass from of one or several mirrors, it’s a very dangerous environment to lose one’s footing. Compounding  this reality is the very likely possibility of having water spill around the sides of a tub or shower, which also makes one even more prone to slipping and falling. The bathroom can indeed be a dangerous place for the elderly.
However, the Walk-in tub, with its waist-high, easy access entry door, eliminates the most common factor that leads to seniors falling … losing their balance when entering or exiting the tub.  The slip-resistant floor and seat, along with the interior grab bar, also helps keep them from slipping.  The elderly can have a renewed sense of independence, without forfeiting personal control and privacy. Also because the overall design is higher, the likely hood of having water spill over the sides is lessened. 
Other features of the Walk-in tub that provide comfort to the senior and peace of mind to the children are the jetted systems that massage the body and eliminate pain that comes with many medical conditions and just aging in general. Now, instead of being a risk-related activity, taking a long, luxurious, relaxing bath is actually a very safe one.
Customer Testimonial
Recently, a daughter brought her mother to our showroom.  She wanted to purchase the Walk-in tub for her because she was afraid her mother would fall… again.  The daughter quietly admitted to me, “She’s so proud and bull-headed, I don’t know if I can talk her into it.”  Sure enough, they left without purchasing it.  It wasn’t about money.  Her mom had said, “I don’t need this.”  How sad.
There is a Biblical scripture, taken from Proverbs 16:18 that says, “Pride goeth before a fall.”  This may be taking it out of context a bit, but the point really strikes home. 
Seniors, if you don’t want to buy the Walk-in tub for yourself, think about doing it for your kids’ peace of

mind.

In this article I discussed why many Walk-in tub purchases are made by the adult children of elderly parents. I also discussed some of the reasons why bathrooms are particularly dangerous environments for seniors. I listed some sobering statistics about the implications of seniors falling, including increased morbidity rates. And I shared some of the reasons why a senior may themselves be disinterested in a Walk-in tub, even though it would highly benefit them and keep them safer.
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If you found this article useful, please share it with your friends and co-workers. If you have a comment related to this article, leave it in the comment section of this blog.  If you’d like to receive a FREE Walk-In Tub Buyers’ Guide, click here.  Have a question? Feel free to contact me at the number or email listed at the end of this article and I’ll personally get back to you. It’s been my pleasure sharing this information with you. Thanks again for visiting with us.
Until next time. 

Alan and Kerry Knight are the owners of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville, Florida. Together they have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” three years running. If you’d like to contact them, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to Kerry@tubking.com.

Scams to Avoid When Buying Your Walk-in Tub

I speak to dozens of people every week about Walk-In Tubs.  Most are excited about purchasing one due to all the safety and therapy features these tubs bring to bear.

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However, I also talk to people who have previously purchased a tub from other companies who are concerned about some of the questionable “sales techniques” that were used to close the sale.  The old Latin term caveat emptor, let the buyer beware,” warns of falling victim to scams.  Let me list a few scams that are often associated with purchasing a walk-in tub.
  1. “PRICES ARE GOING UP” SCAM.  When a sales person tells you that you need to buy today because prices are going up tomorrow, it is best to step back and question the urgency of this statement.  Think about it, were you that lucky, to have called the very day before prices were set to increase?  Probably not.  In fact, it sounds a little “pushy” doesn’t it?
  2. “WE HAVE THE ONLY TUB” SCAM.  Usually the pitch go
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    es something like this:  “Our walk-in tub is the only one out there that offers FREE shipping.”  It is easy enough to do some checking around and confirm that this statement isn’t true.  Another might be, “Only our walk-in tubs have ADA compliant seats.”  Again, do your homework and make a few phone calls.  Any time the sales person states that there tubs are EXCLUSIVELY UNIQUE” in some way or another, check it out.

  3. “FOR AN ADDITIONAL THOUSAND DOLLARS WE CAN ADD AROMATHERAPY” SCAM.  Sometimes a potential customer will ask me if we carry aromatherapy.  My stock answer is, “why pay a thousand dollars more when you can simply light a candle or incense.”  This scam is designed to line the pockets of the walk-in tub company.  They will charge you ten times more than it will cost them to add such a feature.  Plus the benefit factor to health is questionable.
  4. “FOR AN ADDITIONAL THOUSAND DOLLARS WE CAN ADD INTERIOR LIGHTS TO THE TUB” SCAM.  This one would be funny if it wasn’t so sad.  As long as you have lights in the bathroom, why would you need them in the tub?  We’re not talking about a swimming pool here.  There is plenty of light to see the bottom of the tub.  This is just another way to jack up the price in order to take advantage of gullible buyers.
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  5. “WE MUST SEND A TECHNICIAN TO YOUR HOUSE TO MEASURE” SCAM.  The truth is, they are sending a high-pressure salesman to the house to get your money.  In 90% of the cases, measuring the opening where the walk-in tub needs to fit can be done by the customer.  If more remodeling needs to be done, such as moving a wall or taking out a door, that’s different.  But anyone can measure a bathtub.  As long as the company knows the size of the existing tub, choosing the right size walk-in tub is easy.    It is helpful also to ask the homeowner to measure door openings.
  6. “OH BY THE WAY” SCAM.  This is a good one… but only if you’re the salesman.  It goes something like this.  The salesman comes to the house to do a hard sales pitch to the customer.  When the salesman finds resistance to the high price, he says, “Oh, by the way, I may have a solution.   I had to cancel my last appointment, and I just happened to have the very model you need in my van.  I don’t want to have to take it all the way back to the warehouse, so I will take $2000 off if you just take it off my hands today.”  THIS SCAM IS ACTUALLY USED QUITE FREQUENTLY.

  7. “I CAN’T GIVE YOU A PRICE OVER THE PHONE” SCAM.  Again, the company probably prefers to send a high-pressure salesman to your house.  They can’t justify their price, so the only way they can close a customer is face-to-face.  Beware of any company that will not give you a price over the phone.  They have something to hide…. like a high price.
  8. “FEAR” SCAM.  Let me be delicate with this one.  There is some room for fear.  After all, each year one in three people age 65 or older will suffer an injury from falling.  Some might simply produce a sprain, but many produce serious head trauma.  Falling is the leading cause of fatal injury among seniors.  With that being said, let me warn you about how some salesmen for walk-in tubs go overboard.  First, they come to the customer’s home.  When the customer doesn’t appear to see the urgency of buying today, the salesman begins to bring out all the gory details of what can happen if you don’t have the walk in tub.  They give illustration after illustration of those who have suffered serious head trauma by falling in the bath.  Here is an example.  “She fell while trying to get out of a huge garden tub.  She fractured her skull and lay on the cold tile floor all night.  She lost so much blood that she almost died.  Unable to call anyone, she was dependent on her daughter showing up the next morning to save her life.”  A little over the top.  It could happen, but an extreme measure by the salesman to try and sell a bathtub.

  9. BARGAIN BASEMENT” SCAM.  This tactic is particularly prevalent if you shop for the lowest price, especially online.  I have seen tubs listed for thousands of dollars below wholesale, only to find out that these units are stripped down or that the cost of shipping the tub is exorbitant.  If that low, low price means that you have to pay hundreds or even thousands more to add needed fixtures and plumbing, then you will find that the “bargain basement” price is anything but.  It’s like the old saw about the guy who goes to buy a car only to have the salesman ask him, “So, you want an engine with that?”  More importantly, anyone who tries to suck you in with a lowball price that they can’t deliver on is not someone with whom you need to do business in the first place.
Another Walk-In Tub happy customer.


I’m sure there are many other scams that could be mentioned, but these will suffice for now.  Do your homework.  Be a smart and informed buyer.  Walk-In Tubs serve a purpose, but make sure you aren’t pressured into buying features you don’t need or paying too much.  Have a pleasant buying experience.

In this article, I discussed nine scams Walk-In Tub vendors and salespeople use to trick seniors into over paying for their Walk In Tub. I provide these nine scams in detail so that any senior will be armed with the knowledge to keep from being fooled and make a wise purchase.

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If you found this article useful, please share it with your friends and co-workers. If you have a comment related to this article, leave it in the comment section of this blog.  If you’d like to receive a FREE Walk-In Tub Buyers’ Guide, click here.  Have a question? Feel free to contact me at the number or email listed at the end of this article and I’ll personally get back to you. It’s been my pleasure sharing this information with you. Thanks again for visiting with us.

Until next time. 

Alan and Kerry Knight are the owners of Tub King, Inc., and  SeniorBathtub.com  in  Jacksonville, Florida. Together they have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” three years running. If you’d like to contact them, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to alan@tubking.com.

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When it Comes to Walk-in Tubs, Seniors Are Savvy Buyers

By Kerry Knight

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I have always been interested in how people make decisions. Some people say that all buying is emotional and then is justified with logic.  Others say they buy based primarily on need and only splurge when  it’s a special occasion. I like to think that there’s a large number of people who think things through logically and buys things based on their need and value.

According to Market Research-Elmhurst, when comparing the buying habits of seniors as opposed to the young, there were some significant differences which lead to some interesting conclusions.  

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For example:
  • Seniors save and invest more.
  • Seniors spend more on luxury products and services.
  • Seniors prefer one stop shopping.
  • Seniors are very convenience-oriented.
  • Seniors choose a product based on quality.
  • Seniors are less price conscious and deal prone.
  • Seniors use credit just as often as other groups.


One more I would add is, “seniors do their homework and make more educated decisions about their purchases.”

My company is in the Walk-In Tub business.   For those reading this article that are not familiar with the walk in tub, let me briefly explain.  
This style of bathtub is designed for people with mobility challenges.  It seeks to solve the problem of falling in the bathtub.  It is a tall, freestanding tub with a watertight door and a seat.  It allows for independent bathing and offers many safety features such as an interior grab bar, slip resistant seat and floor, and a low threshold for entering and exiting the tub.  There are also options such as air jetted hydrotherapy, water jetted whirlpool massage and inline heater.  We talk to hundreds of seniors every month, and I have to admit, they are some of the savviest shoppers you’ll ever meet.  And I mean that as a compliment.

What to look for in a walk in tub.

They have one important accomplishment that the younger generation lacks:  YEARS OF EXPERIENCE.  They are also not prone to being taken advantage of by silly sales gimmicks.  We’ve heard them all:

“This sale is only good for today.”
“We are the only company that offers __________.”
“I don’t believe in the Better Business Bureau so we didn’t join.”

Our seniors will not be fooled.  They have been there before. 

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As a company, we strive to treat our seniors with dignity, offering a product that meets the highest standards of quality.  We price it so that more people can enjoy the benefits it offers.  We seek to make the buying experience simple and easy.  In most cases, we can recommend an installer for them at an affordable rate. 

In an effort to help seniors make better decisions, we offer this list of questions that any reputable vendor ought to be able to answer.

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  1. How long have you been in business?
  2. Has your company won any awards for your industry?
  3. What is the warranty of your product and can it be transferred?
  4. What is the deliver charge for your product?
  5. Do you offer a price guarantee and what does it include?
  6. Can you provide us with references for the product you have sold?


Yes, seniors can teach us a great deal, and armed with these additional questions they will even be better shoppers.  I trust in my ability to ask reasonable questions and past experience to make decisions when buying anything. Senior seem to do this better than most.  

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I know if you have read this article and you’re looking for a walk in tub, our company will always be in the top one percentile of buying choices. Our premium quality, lowest price guarantee and free deliver in the lower 48 assures that.

Tell your senior friends to keep making wise decisions and don’t let others tell you that seniors can be fooled so easily. It’s been my pleasure sharing my knowledge and experience with you.

In this article I have discussed the decision making process, especially when purchasing a walk in tub. I further  discuss how market research shows that seniors more often than not, make wise buying decisions based on need, quality and experience. I also provide a list of questions that any honest vendor should be able to answer with reasonable responses.

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If you found this article useful, please share it with your friends and co-workers. If you have a comment related to this article, leave it in the comment section of this blog.  If you’d like to receive a FREE Walk-In Tub Buyers’ Guide, click here.  Have a question? Feel free to contact me at the number or email listed at the end of this article and I’ll personally get back to you. It’s been my pleasure sharing this information with you.  We hope to be helping you in the near future.

Until next time.

Alan and Kerry Knight are the owners of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com  in  Jacksonville, Florida. Together they have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” three years running. If you’d like to contact them, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to alan@tubking.com.
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