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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.
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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.
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!
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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- DO YOU SUFFER FROM ARTHRITIS, FIBROMYALGIA OR OTHER
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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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
The first consideration is DOORWAY OPENINGS. Find out how wide the tub is. This should represent outside dimensions. Then find out how wide the doorway openings are. That would include the exterior door leading into the house, other interior doors, and the door into the bathroom. Sometimes you can buy a little space by removing door casings. But if you have a 30-inch wide Walk in Tub and you’re trying to go through a 24-inch bathroom door, you’ve got a problem. You will either have to widen the door opening or find another access into the bathroom. Some have used large windows to come through, and I know of others who have actually come through the wall from another room. This requires cutting a large section of the sheet-rock. Of course, that requires a little more work and repair.
However, once you have the Walk in Tub through the doorway, does it have to be turned? If it does, is there sufficient room to turn it? This might well determine what size Walk in Tub you can accommodate. Usually a 54- or 48-inch length can be turned, and most tubs of this size come with a “filler” panel that will help fill in the rest of the 60-inch opening.
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