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Make Your Bathroom Safe

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by Alan Knight


The bathroom, usually the smallest room in your home, is statistically the most dangerous. A 2008 study conducted by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, found that about 235,000 people over the age of 15 visited emergency rooms due to injuries that occurred in the bathroom. These injuries are not only limited to slips and falls. There’s risk of electrocution if an electrical appliance falls into water as well as the risk of poison since many chemical products are often housed in the bathroom. Don’t forget those nasty cuts from the sharp items that abound in the bathroom like razors, or even hand held mirrors that can shatter when dropped. This is beginning to sound like a hazard zone but it really doesn’t have to be. Your bathroom can and should be a safe space for people of all ages.

Children, adults and especially seniors are vulnerable and can be at risk if thoughtful precautions are not taken. You can start with the easy improvements that require little to no expense and move up to more extensive changes or upgrades if necessary. This is your family’s safety and that is always a number one priority. Let’s start with the small stuff.

POISON CONTROL

Can you believe the second leading cause of home injury death is poisoning? It leads to about 5,000 fatalities a year.

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 Most people (I hope) want to make sure their bathrooms are as germ- and bacteria-free as possible. It’s not an easy task because frankly, humans harbor all kinds of bacteria and germs and we leave are mark everywhere. You possibly use bleach or possibly ammonia and other strong cleaners with chemicals to ensure you rid your bathroom of the pesky germs and odors. Did you know that if bleach or ammonia are mixed together they make a potentially deadly gas? Either one of them alone can cause burns or respiratory problems to people who are generally sensitive to chemicals.  Don’t forget about drain cleaners. Many can burn skin if touched and it is essential to be very careful when using them.


If you have these items in your bathroom or anywhere else in your home (like the kitchen), it is essential to have them clearly marked. Educate your young ones on the perils of touching these chemicals. Ideally, if you have very young children, store them in a place where they can’t reach or even better, under lock and key.

DON’T BE SHOCKED!

I mean that literally. You keep your blow dryers and curling irons in the bathroom. You may have an electric toothbrush on your countertop. Any of these items can cause electrocution if they fall into a tub or a sink filled with water. Beware of damaged or frayed cords as they can be another hazard especially if they are lying on a wet countertop.

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The safety precautions are common sense though not everyone follows them. Make sure all electrical appliances are unplugged and away from any water when not in use. Don’t use these appliances near water, please. It is too easy to cause an unnecessary accident and is easily avoidable.


BE SHARP WITH YOUR RAZORS

As you know, young children love to explore. They are in awe of all of their surroundings and are fascinated by the littlest trinkets and gadgets. Some of those gadgets should not be within their reach and the razor is one of them. Simply put them in a cabinet that is out of reach and don’t leave them in the shower or tub. Keep your children cut-free.

PROTECT AGAINST THE NUMBER ONE CULPRIT- FALLS

Falls are the leading cause of home injury deaths with about 6,000 fatalities per year. Seniors are especially vulnerable. About one in three seniors who suffer a fall, will incur injuries that lead to hospitalization. There are many ways to protect against these accidents and some are fairly simple remedies.

1.      Rugs can be a hazard but they don’t have to be. Throw rugs in the bathroom enhance the décor and add a little color and luxury. They can also cause you to trip or fall when they slip. Your bathroom can still be plush and safe if you purchase non-skid rugs. Double sided industrial tape placed beneath the rug will keep it safely secured to the floor.

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2.      Light it up. Good lighting is essential in every bathroom. But night lights are the key to adding another safety element to that space. How many times have you woken up to use the bathroom and ended up bumping into the wall while you are half asleep? Install night lights to guide you safely into the bathroom and prevent unnecessary accidents.


3.      Grab on to those grab bars. These bars may be one the most useful preventative items you can purchase for your bathroom. Install them near the toilet area to allow ease of transfer. Getting up and down onto the toilet can be especially difficult for seniors. You should not expect that toilet paper holders, towel racks or wall-mounted sinks can reasonably support one’s weight. Proper installation is the key to safety. They should not just be mounted onto the sheetrock but instead, firmly attached to a wall stud. This can be a do-it-yourself project but for those lacking skills of a carpenter, professional installation might be a good idea. I’ll discuss a little more about grab bars for the bath/shower area in the next section.

SCRUB A DUB DUB- DON’T FALL GETTING OUT OF THE TUB

That says it all. Most falls in the bathroom occur while getting in or out of the bathtub and shower. Seniors are most susceptible due to their lack of agility. There are a few precautions you can take to make the area much safer for everyone.
1.      Use grab bars. As I mentioned previously, these need to be properly installed for paramount safety. Knowing there is something to hold onto while getting in and out of the tub can provide an extra level of comfort.
2.      Rubber mats are all the rage. Well, that might be an exaggeration but they definitely have their place in preventing slipping in the tub or shower.
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3.      Sit comfortably and safely. Shower seats and chairs should be purchased with care. Make sure they have rubber and suction feet to prevent slippage.
4.      A hand held shower head makes bathing a blast. Whether you are a senior or someone who is just a bit tired after a long day, it is pretty relaxing to sit in the shower and be able to control the placement of the shower. It does provide an added layer of protection and safety.

THE ULTIMATE SCORE

The emergence of walk-in tubs and showers really is all the rage. These are amazing additions to any bathroom and will provide years of comfort and safety. Literally, you can walk right in without having to climb. They come with many additions, like built in chairs, removable shower heads and built-in grab bars. They are not only extremely functional, but quite elegant and are an upgrade that will pay off for many years to come.

In this article, I provided you with many precautionary measures you can take to make your bathroom a safer place for people of all ages and give everyone in your home more peace of mind. 

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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 my brother, Alan, who heads up Tub King, 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. His companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” four years running. To contact Tub King directly, call (800)843-4231 or email alan@tubking.com. 

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HOW MUCH SHOULD I PAY FOR A WALK-IN TUB?

LEARN THE FACTS!

By Kerry Knight
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When the Wild, Wild West was first opened to settlers, anything and everything was going on. Today the Internet is a lot like the Wild, Wild West was in the1800s. Especially if you are buying products. Pretty much anything goes.

I recently received a phone call from a potential customer and she said, “The prices for Walk-in tubs are all over the map.  How do I know what I should pay?”  Good question.  I’ve heard every price you can imagine.  Some have been as high as $20,000, and that’s without installation.  Let me offer some observations that may help.

Enjoy a soaker walk in tub.

When considering a Walk-in Tub, decide which features are important to you. Sometimes I hear from people who say, “I don’t want anything fancy, just a safe tub that I can get into without falling.”  The soaker tub is designed without any electrical parts, with no jets, motors or heaters.  The customer can enter the tub with a slight 6 inch threshold, close the watertight door, and sit down, to bathe in comfort and safety.  The grab bar is right beside the seat, and the faucet handles are within easy reach.  The hand held shower comes with a four foot, metal braided hose that retracts back into the tub with a counterweight when not being used.  This allows a person to enter safely, sit down, lean back and relax in warm water.  This is the Soaker version.  A fair price for this tub is around $2,000.


The next step up would be the air jetted, hydrotherapy model.  It typically comes with 18 jet ports that create thousands of therapeutic bubbles for helping with many medical conditions.  An air pump brings warm air into the water to create the effect of a hot tub.  It relaxes the body and helps with tired aching muscles.  Water therapy has been used for thousands of years in the healing of the body.  A fair price for this version of the Walk-in Tub would be around $2,500.

Here you can see the jets and the heater.
The next step would be to add the water jetted massage system.  This model really helps when treating an injury or back and knee pain.  There are typically six water jet ports:  two ports behind the back, two behind the knees and two across from the knees.  The great thing about this version is the jets are moveable, so you can direct the water force at key points of the body.  You can also adjust the amount of force coming through the jet as to reach your perfect comfort level.  This model comes with the air jetted system, water jetted system, AND the inline heater.  The heater helps in keeping the water warm, so that you can remain in the tub longer.  A fair price for this deluxe model would be around $3,000.

So, my conclusion is you should be paying between $2,000 and $3,000 for your Walk-in Tub, based upon the unique features that you want.

The shipping and delivery of the tub can be another place where companies sneak in excessive fees. Our tubs come with free shipping to the lower 48 states. In many cases, companies will any anywhere from two to four hundred dollars for shipping.

Some companies also charge a separate fee for the fixtures, adding another $200 to the price. Always ask what’s included with the Walk-in tub.

Then there’s this question.  “How much is the installation cost?”  There are many ways to answer that. 

Benefits of the Walk In Tub

You may be one of the fortunate ones who have a family member that has handyman skills.  I know in our case, many of our customers install the tubs themselves, sometimes using a licensed electrician or plumber on the side for the delicate work.   There are also technicians out there who specialize in installing Walk-in Tubs.  Our technicians have installed hundreds of these tubs all around the immediate Southeast. 

These should be included.

Unfortunately, some Walk-in Tub companies try to hide much of their profit by charging ridiculous prices for installation.  They may say, “I will sell you the tub for $3,000, but the installation is $10,000.”  More often, they combine the two together so you don’t know what you are paying for each one separately.


Typically, an installation takes two days:  one for demolition (taking out the old tub, if there is one), and the second day for installing the new Walk-in Tub.  This sometimes requires widening a door if the tub won’t pass through, or doing extra tile work.    A basic installation of setting the tub in place and hooking up the plumbing and electrical, should cost no more than $3,000.  The bathroom will be put back into working order, cleaned up and all debris removed.  The technician will also test the tub to make sure it is working properly and demonstrate to the customer how to operate the tub.  There should also be an owner’s manual left for the customer.  The phone number for the technician should also be left in case there are questions.

Some  Walk-in Tub companies will not give you a price over the phone.  Always beware of that.  They want to send a high-pressure salesman to your home to talk you into spending $20,000.  They will try to scare you with statistics about falling.  They will appeal to your spouse and shame them over their lack of concern.  Anyway, it often works.  Don’t get caught in their web, just say no!

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Just like in the Wild, Wild West, anything goes if you’re uninformed. Remember our prices, (which are very competitive); the very best model (with all features mentioned) is $3,000 and with a thorough installation of the tub, the price should be in the $6,000 range.  Don’t make the mistake of overpaying.  Compare quality, features and include shipping and installation. Don’t let high-pressure salesmen treat you like it’s the Wild, Wild West!


In this article I provided a detailed description of what you can expect to pay when investing in a Walk-in tub.  My discussion also provides a detailed description of the many tricks companies use to increase the cost or hide their higher inflated prices to fool the average consumer. Knowing these tricks and actual fair prices will help any consumer make a wise decision when buying a Walk-in tub. Take the time to shop and compare our Tub King products with that of any competitor, and we’re sure we’ll come out on top. We offer a guaranteed low price, high quality, plus provide free shipping in the lower 48 states. 

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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., 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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DOES YOUR BODY NEED A WALK-IN TUB?

Take the Test

By Kerry Knight
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How do you know when it’s time to consider owning a walk-in tub? Is it decided solely by age? What about by type of Illness or maybe even injury? How about a loss of vision of just that you want more privacy?

Often times, when people come into our showroom they look at our Walk-in Tub models and remark, “I don’t really need that yet.  Maybe one day.”  Sometimes it’s because they don’t want to spend the money yet.  Others just don’t want to admit their age or physical condition.  
Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a way to objectively know when it’s time to get a walk-in tub? Well, we have developed a questionnaire that makes the decision process much easier than just guessing. Take a couple of minutes to answer these questions and evaluate whether or not your body and mind could really benefit from the use of a Walk-in Tub.  
  1. DO YOU HAVE TROUBLE GETTING INTO AND OUT OF YOUR EXISTING TUB? This might well be the number one reason most are in need of the Walk-in Tub.  As we age, our knees and joints are not as fluid as they once were.  Stepping over the side of a tub that could be as much as an 18 inch hurdle becomes a real challenge.  The Walk-in Tub has a very slight 6 inch step up to enter, plus a solid structure to hold onto while doing so.
  2. HAVE YOU FALLEN RECENTLY?  Every year, one third of the population aged 65 to 69 will take a serious fall.  Two hundred of these falls will result in a hip fracture.  The Walk-in Tub is designed to eliminate falls in the bathroom.  The slip resistant floor of the tub, the interior grab bar, the solid tub construction, and the low entry threshold all work together to create an atmosphere of safety.
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  1. ARE YOU AT THE POINT WHERE SOMEONE ELSE HAS TO BATHE YOU?  We all love our independence.  We want to do for ourselves, especially when it comes to taking a bath.   Those who require others to wash their bodies feel a sense of loss of pride and dignity.  The Walk-in Tub allows you to take a bath without someone else having to be involved in this private part of your life.  It is one of the real highlights of owning a Walk-in Tub.
  2. HAVE YOU RECENTLY HAD SURGERY THAT REQUIRES SOME REHAB?  Talk to anyone who has gone through a loss of motion injury or surgery and they’ll tell you how painful and difficult the rehab process can be.  The air jet hydrotherapy system that comes with the Walk in Tub can help greatly in the healing process, pain relief and stimulating the circulation.  Water therapy has been used for millenniums for this very purpose.
  3. DO YOU SUFFER FROM TIRED ACHING MUSCLES?  Whether you have had an injury to the back, knees, neck or any other part of the body, the Walk-in Tub can offer soothing relief.  The water jetted system produces a massaging action with warm water pulsing against the area of discomfort and reducing or even eliminating the pain.  
  4. DO YOU SUFFER FROM ARTHRITIS, FIBROMYALGIA OR OTHER
    Walk In Tubs can provide real
    enjoyment and health benefits

    DISEASE OF THE JOINTS? The warm water, hydro action and water jet action can really be a great way to soothe the joints and get you feeling better.

  5. DO YOU SUFFER FROM STRESS AND HEADACHES?  Just sitting in the soothing warm water can greatly reduce stress, neck ache, and headaches.  Place a towel behind the neck, lean back, and go to your happy place.  Push a button to engage the jets and find nirvana.
  6. ARE YOU IN YOUR LATE FORTIES OR EARLY FIFTIES AND GETTING READY TO REMODEL YOUR BATHROOM? If you’re in that pre-retirement window and you’re getting ready to remodel your bathroom, realize that remodeling often requires changes to the plumbing and or adding/removing of a tub, etc.… You can save the construction cost charges by installing the walk-in tub now, instead of 10 years from now. The bonus is that you get to enjoy it now instead of later and save the future costs.
  7. DO YOU LOVE A SITTING IN A JACUZZI AFTER RUNNING OR EXTENSIVE EXERCISE? After exercising, there is nothing like relaxing in a spa and letting the warm water, the hydro bubbles and water jets relax and help you get centered again.

If you answer YES to any of the questions above, you should really consider the Walk-in Tub.  It’s a matter of choosing to live a better life and has nothing to do with age.

In this article I have provided a questionnaire that helps people determine if they should consider buying a walk-in tub. The questionnaire was developed from the many reasons presented to us by our customers who purchased walk in tubs. Answering these questions will help you determine if a walk-in tub is in your near future. Now all you have to do is pick the best product and vendor. We hope you take the time to shop our Tub King products. We offer a guaranteed lowest price and highest quality plus provide free shipping in the lower 48 states.

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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., 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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An Enthusiastic Senior Is Eager for Her New Walk-in Tub


By Kerry Knight
It’s been years since I’ve seen as much excitement over the design of a bathtub.  I’m talking about the new Walk-in Tub and how it is affecting our senior population.  Last evening, a Sunday evening by the way, I received a phone call while I was eating dinner.  A woman from Kansas was interested in purchasing one of our Walk-in Tubs.  She was bubbling over with excitement after seeing our website advertising.  I tried asking her several questions relating to the installation of the tub and tub sizes, but she was drowning me out with enthusiasm.  So, I shut up and let her talk.  Her excitement stemmed from several areas:
  •  Easy Access and Exit – She explained she’d already fallen more than once in trying to get into her conventional bathtub.  “I can’t lift my leg that high anymore,” she lamented.  The idea of having a low entry of six inches into and out of the tub and a door that was water tight thrilled her. (FYI: The frequency and dangers of seniors falling in their bathrooms are a serious health concern. Read our previous blog, “The Dangers of Bathtubs – Falling is a Family Matter.”) 
  • Safety Features – She loved the idea of having a slip-resistant floor and seat, along with the interior grab bar.  The higher sides of the Walk-in Tub gave her an additional sense of security.
  • ADA-compliant Seat – She’s in her ’70s and is now having difficulty walking.  “It’s also hard for me to stand for any length of time to shower,” she pointed out.  Just the thought of being able to sit down and use the Walk-in Tub’s handheld shower wane was deeply gratifying.
  • Hydro Air Jets – She told me she’d had problems with neuropathy in her feet.  She read about how the Walk-in Tub’s built-in air jets create thousands of therapeutic bubbles that help stimulate blood flow and reduce pain.  “I‘ve been waiting a long time for this,” she said, the eagerness evident in her voice over the phone. 

  • Water Jet Massage System – She also had pain in her lower back and knees. The water jets (each water jet port’s direction is adjustable, as is the overall force of the water) can target those areas and massage the pain away. “I think I’m going to be spending many happy hours in my tub,” she said. “This is one item that I’m moving from my ‘luxury’ to my ‘necessity’ list.”  
  • Built-in Water Heater – The water heater will allow her to stay in the tub longer and the water temperature will provide heat therapy to soothe muscles and will complement the hydro and water jet therapy that are included.
  • Ergonomically Designed – The faucet, drain, handheld shower wane, air-jetted hydrotherapy controls, water-jetted whirlpool massage controls and inline heater controls are all within easy reach. 
  • Bathing in Privacy – Sadly, many seniors who don’t have Walk-in Tubs are relegated to needing an assistant help them bathe (and do other activities). This could be a family member or healthcare worker. The woman I was speaking with said “I especially value my privacy and my freedom, and I want to keep both as long as I am physically able to do so.”  

After hearing her comments, I wanted to hire her.  She seemed to know almost as much about our tubs as I do.  She explained she’d been reading about them for some time, but didn’t think she could obtain one until she saw our affordable pricing. “How can you sell them for so much less than the others?” she asked. I told her that when we first starting marketing the Walk-in Tub several years ago, we wanted to offer a product at a price that people could afford, without skimping on quality.  “But there are some companies that are charging three to four times what you are!” she added.  I told her we’re well aware of that fact, but we probably sell more tubs as a result of our competitive costs.

She finished our conversation just as enthusiastically as she’d started it by saying, “I’ll definitely be calling you back to order one.  Let me move some funds around first.  You’ve really made my day.  I’m so glad I found you.”  
Yes, she may have interrupted dinner, but calls like that, I appreciate any time. I’m sure when she has her walk-in tub installed she will be calling back to thank us again.
In this article, I shared with you a conversation I recently had with a perspective client who liked the advantages of our Walk-in Tubs. We discussed the numerous advantages a Walk-in Tub has over conventional bathtubs, especially for seniors, and those who, like the woman I’d spoken with, had several health concerns that would be effectively addressed by having her own. 
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.

Walk-in Tub Testimonial
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.

Serious Things Our Seniors Need to Know About Falling

By Kerry Knight
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X-ray image of my own hip, with top of femur broken (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is a frightening reality that every senior needs to be aware of because it can easily happen to anyone over age 65. More importantly, there’s an easy way to prevent this from happening. If you’re 65 or older, this information is of vital importance to you.  It’s not necessarily a pretty picture, but a subject that needs to be examined and taken to heart.
Among older adults, falling is the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries.  A serious look at the issue of falling could very well save your life, or at least extend the quality of your life. Consider the following:

Each year, one in three adults, age 65 or older, falls.  The resulting injury resulting from that fall can be moderate to severe.  Injuries range from bruises; cuts; and fractures of the hip, forearm, spine, neck, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm, hand or even more serious results such as head trauma.  Any of these can increase the risk of early death.  In 2010, 21,700 older adults died from unintentional fall injuries.

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In 2010, 2.3 million non-fatal fall injuries among older adults were treated in the emergency rooms and more than 662,000 of the patients were hospitalized.  Reports from that same year estimated that direct medical costs from falls were $30 billion.
Men are more likely than women to die from a fall.  The fall rate is 40% higher for men than women. People age 75 and older who fall are four to five times more likely than those age 65-74 to be admitted to a long-term care facility for a year or longer.
In 2000, 46% of fatal falls among older adults were due to traumatic brain injuries.
Many people who fall, even if they’re not seriously injured, subsequently develop a fear of falling.  This fear may cause them to limit their activities, which could reduce their range of mobility and create loss of physical fitness, thus again increasing their actual risk of falling.
To make matters worse, it’s easy to get sick when you’re in the hospital. I’ve heard countless stories where people were admitted to the hospital for a broken bone, only to die from an infection they contracted in the hospital!
Fortunately, there are certain guidelines seniors can follow to reduce the dangers of falling:

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Residents of the Century Village Retirement
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  • Have your doctor review your medications and over-the-counter drugs.  Especially look for side effects that could cause dizziness or loss of balance.
  • Develop a regular exercise program, especially one designed to make your legs stronger.
  • Have your eyes checked regularly by a professional.
  • Eat balanced meals and take supplements with your medical provider’s supervision.
  • Make your home safer.

This last step is something that seniors can do for themselves.  The most common location for falls in the home is the bathroom.  The reasons are many.  
Because the room is small and the walls are closer, it creates the illusion of being safer.  However, the problem is there are many obstructions in the bathroom, such as the sink, the toilet, door knobs, rugs, shower curtains and especially the bathtub or shower. 
The floor in the bathroom can become slippery, especially if it’s tiled.  Stepping into or out of the tub is where most falls occur.  Older adults often assume they have the same flexibility they once had and end up missing the mark. 
Poor eyesight may also cause a misstep.  A brief loss of balance can be fatal … literally.  The surfaces in the bathroom are normally “rock hard.”  Porcelain and cast iron are the most commonly used, and they don’t give upon contact.
The senior Walk-In Tub is a tremendous benefit for seniors for two major reasons:
  • It allows them to be independent in bathing themselves.
  • It provides many safety features to keep them from falling.

The seat and floor of the Walk-In Tub are slip-resistant.  There is a handy grab bar inside the tub and other grab bars that can be placed around the tub.  There is a water-tight door, with a very low step-in threshold.  The senior can close the door, lock it, and sit down while bathing.  There is a hand-held shower sprayer for rinsing and easy-to-reach controls.  Other options could include air jetted hydrotherapy for treating many medical conditions. There’s also a water jetted whirlpool capable of massaging away aches, pains, and soothing tired muscles.  The inline heater allows one to stay in the tub without the water getting cold.

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Falls are serious, but there are steps seniors can take to make them far less likely.  Create a list of things to make your environment a safer place, and you’ll live a longer and more independent life. Especially in the bathroom, investing in a Walk-In tub can be a real life saver.
In this article, I discussed several serious statistics about seniors falling and how these mishaps adversely affect one in three seniors over age 65 each year. I provided a list of preventative measures, which include installing a Walk-in Tub. I also discussed the various safety features and benefits seniors derive from having Walk-in Tub. I also talked about the advantages of a Walk-in Tub, including the various safety features and benefits that seniors benefit from having a Walk-in Tub.
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. 

Intro to Walk In Tub Buyers Guide

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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Remembering Our Seniors on Memorial Day

Memorial Day 2011: 'We Resolve That These Dead...
Memorial Day 2011: ‘We Resolve That These Dead Shall Not Have Died In Vain’ — Naperville (IL) Riverwalk (Photo credit: Ron Cogswell)
By Kerry Knight

Our country has a great deal of holiday’s. For a country that is only 200 years old, we have created a whole slew of holidays that are specific to our  nation. We celebrate past presidents, religious holidays, secular holidays and many holidays created to remember special events or people.


There is a holiday fast approaching.  We call it Memorial Day.  Unlike Veterans Day that celebrates the service of our military, Memorial Day “remembers” both men and women who died in the service of their country.    Originally known as “Decoration Day,” Memorial Day actually began at the time of the Civil War to commemorate both Union and Confederate soldiers who died.  Today it officially marks the beginning of the summer holidays, with labor day marking the conclusion.  Today Memorial Day falls on the last Monday of May.
Joseph Ambrose, an 86-year-old World War I vet...
Joseph Ambrose, an 86-year-old World War I veteran, attends the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982. He is holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who was killed in the Korean War (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I can remember  as  a child going to familyreunions around Memorial Day.  Relatives would travel hundreds of miles to attend.  Small cemeteries would be visited where family members were buried after being killed in the line of duty for their country.    Some of the grave sites were very old, sometimes dating back to the Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the Korean War.  Small flags would be placed on  graves, along with flowers, and family members would come together for “Dinner on the Ground.”  This was a very old practice dating back to the 19th century, where families would spread potluck on sheets and tablecloths on the grass.  There,  families would renew relationships, previously lost, and  talk about special ones remembered.  Memorial Day was truly a day to remember.

Family Memories

I assume we all have special memories of people in our families.  It might be a grandparent or a mom or dad.  In looking back, we often wonder if there was something more we could have done to let them know we loved them.     The bad part about aging is that it often comes with pain and suffering.  Debilitating diseases and typical aches and pains that are a part of the body’s way of showing that its just wearing out. It also means that the final years for many, lose some of their magic.

Testimonial for using a Walk In Tub.

Wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing to “remember” our loved ones before they are gone.  I’m talking about showing love, respect and appreciation to that special person in our family before they leave us.  There are many ways to do that.  It might be something as simple as a weekly phone call, a surprise visit, a card or letter.  Most still enjoy the old style of communication.

How Walk In Tubs can Help


Another way to show appreciation today is in helping to alleviate pain and suffering.  One of the greatest concepts in recent years was the creation of the Walk In Tub.  It offers so many benefits to seniors.  It permits them to bathe without assistance thus maintaining their dignity.  It provides a completely safe environment while getting in and out of the tub.  It can also provides therapeutic benefits with water therapy such as air jets and water jets that cascade pain relieving comfort over the entire body.  The Walk In Tub is affordable now, and there is no better time to offer this gift of appreciation. 

Walk In Tubs can really help. 

Most of the people that buy or Walk In Tubs are the children and grandchildren of the seniors.  The seniors sometimes  don’t feel that they deserve it or that it’s too expensive for their budgets.  But family members know better.  It’s time to memorialize our loved ones while they are still with.  Take a look at the Walk In Tub.  It’s one of many great opportunities to show your love.

In this article, I discussed how important memorial day is in our country. We celebrate many holiday’s but remembering love one’s we have lost in war is a special one. It reminds us that we can show our appreciation for our seniors before they leave this world. I discuss ways to show appreciation to grandma and pop and how many grand-kids and children of seniors are now finding it affordable to help elevate their aging parents aches and pains by providing them with a walk in tub. I discuss how these walk in tubs can increase their aging parents independence, quality of life, provide therapeutic care and additional comfort plus peace of mind. This shows our senior that we care and provides them with a better quality of life.

Short Recap of Buyers Guide

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 will personally get back to you. It has 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 would like to contact them, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or email them at alan@tubking.com.
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What to Look for in a Walk-in Tub

Many today are shopping for a Walk In Tub.  If you’ve done any shopping at all it has become apparent that there is no uniform price.  As one lady put it, “the prices are all over the map.”  Low end pricing can start at $1995.00.  On the other end of the scale numbers can reach $12,000.00.



Obviously, the specific features on the tub will dictate how many are priced.  With that in mind, let’s first look at the main features and ask if they’re included in the price.
FAUCET AND PLUMBING.  Most of our customers ask up front.  Is the faucet and plumbing included?  Some companies do include it, others do not.  Is it an option or an included feature?  Don’t assume.   Check it out.

JETTED OR SOAKER.  The soaker models represent tubs that have no air or water jets.  They are simply designed to allow the user to soak.  All the safety features are typically  there.   But again make sure you check to be sure.  Common features on a soaker tub would include.   1.  Low threshold for stepping into the tub; 2.  Slip resistant floor and seat; 3.  ADA compliant height on the seat; 4.  Interior grab bar; 5.  Safety latch on the door; 6.  Overflow protection; 7.  Reinforcement under the floor and seat of the tub.

AIR JETTED TUB.  This tub should have all the features of a soaker, but would also include an air pump and all the ports to allow for an air jetted system.  This feature allows for air to be generated into the water to create thousands of therapeutic bubbles.  These can help with dozens of medical conditions.  Obviously, the air jets will create a price jump, over the soaker model.


AIR JETS, WATER JETS AND INLINE HEATER.  The deluxe version of walk in tubs will also add the water pump.  This circulates and pulses the water against the body like a massage system.  It is great for treating injuries as well as tired aching muscles, and arthritis.  The inline heater works in conjunction with the water pump to make sure the water stays warm while bathing in the tub.  This will also increase the base price of the tub.  Usually, a fully jetted tub will have about 12 air ports and 6 water ports, all located in strategic points around the body of the tub.

Another thing that will affect the price of a walk in tub is, “Who pays for shipping?”  Again, don’t assume that shipping is free.  If you’re paying for it, it could add another $500.00 to the price.


There are some features that I call “window dressing.”  There are companies that will add things that provide no real value or benefit to the tub, just to get the price up.  Here are a couple of examples:

1.  LIGHTS IN THE TUB.  Some companies have added as much as a thousand dollars to their price, just because they added a couple of lights in the bottom of the tub.  Now, this might be more practical if we were talking about a swimming pool, but it’s laughable, when suggesting that this is needed in a walk in tub.  Unless you are planning on bathing in the dark, there is plenty of light in the bathroom to illuminate your walk in tub.

2.  AROMATHERAPY.  Another  ridiculous add-on by some companies, is adding a fragrance to the tub.  Again, here is a mindless way to price you out of the market.  If you want a fragrance, why not just burn a candle in the bathroom.

3.  And what about the QUICK DRAIN.  Some companies have added an exterior pump to evacuate the water a little faster.  Most walk in tubs are designed so that the water drains faster than a normal tub.  Consider the fact that all the water in columned over the drain.  The pressure alone makes it drain faster.   And with displacement, since a person is sitting in the tub, the tub doesn’t hold much more than a normal five foot tub anyway.    But there is another consideration.  The existing drain in the bathroom can only accommodate so much water at any given time.  Some things just can’t be forced.

In reality, if the user will open the drain when finished with their bath, begin to rinse off with warm water, using the hand held shower, then begin to towel dry, by this time the tub is about empty anyway.


The whole point of this article is, don’t over pay for things you don’t need.  You don’t need to spend $12,000.00 for a walk in tub, or even $6000.00.  Find out from the seller, which features are offered.  Then choose the ones you absolutely need, and find the best price.  They are out there.

In this article I have provided a list of needed and unnecessary feature to consider when buying a walk-in tub. These features determine the purchase price and in some instances allows a vendor to over charge for items that are just not necessary. When finished, the buyer will have a good idea as what is needed to make a wise decision.

Check out this short Walk-in Tub Guide

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 will personally get back to you. It has 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 would like to contact them, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or email them at alan@tubking.com or kerry@tubking.com.


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