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Five Ways to Appreciate Your Parents During Thanksgiving


By Kerry Knight
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No, I’m not going to preach a sermon.  We’ll leave that to the priests, bishops, rabbis, deacons and other leaders of worship.  But I do want to say a few things about taking action instead of uttering a mere words.

Unfortunately, not all parents deserve to wear the T-shirts that say, “World’s Greatest Dad,” or “World’s Greatest Mom.”  There is much variation in the parenting skills among individuals.  Some do a great job of instilling good character, strong work ethics, a passion for education, persistence to achieve, and a sense of patriotism and civic-mindedness.  On the other hand, many should never have become parents in the first place.  Thankfully, this number is in the minority.
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During the Thanksgiving holiday, let me suggest a few ways you might genuinely show your appreciation to your parents.   H. Jackson Brown wrote, “Twenty years from now you’ll be more disappointed in the things you didn’t do than the ones you did do.” Don’t that statement pertain to your relationship with your parents and other loved ones.

As our parents age, giving them our time might be the most precious gift of all.  As parents reach their golden years, personal companionship with loved ones and friends becomes vitally important.  This is especially true if one parent has lost their mate.  Children and grandchildren may be their only family left.  Many grown children are content to send their parents’ money, pay for their assisted living home, or pay someone else to spend time with their senior parents.  But is this really what they need?  Their golden years can be awfully lonely.  Instead of calling your parents on the phone to say, “I love you,” why not make a surprise visit, for no reason, except to show them how much you care.
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Take your parents to one of their favorite places.  Maybe it’s a restaurant offering their favorite menu items, or shopping at the local mall. Yes, it may be inconvenient and difficult.  They may have to be helped into the automobile.  They might require you to help them with their walker or even their wheelchair.  Or maybe there’s a favorite activity you can share, such as playing cards, making music, cooking, playing with their grandchildren, etc.  Sure, it might be time consuming and a slow ordeal for you, but what is it worth to them?  Mark Twain once said, “Action speaks louder than words, but not nearly as often.”

Reminisce with them about the past.  Many seniors spend a lot of time thinking about the past.  That’s where their world is.  The present may be too painful for them to contemplate, and the future uncertain.  Memory can be a wonderful thing.  If their mind is still sharp, they may surprise you with what they can recall.  Strangely enough, even with dementia, many seniors can recall details of the past that will astound you.  Why not pull down some old photo albums and recreate some special memories with them.  It will take your time, but think about what you are doing for them.  “The pleasure of remembering has been taken from me, because there was no one left to remember with,” writes John Green. Don’t let this describe the situation with your parent(s). 
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Invite them over for the holidays.  Nothing is worse than spending the holidays with strangers or worse yet, alone.  If your parents don’t live with you, you should invite them to your home for important holidays, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, New Years, etc.  Take them shopping to buy gifts during the giving season.  The budget is not important, it’s the activity itself.  What a great way to say, “I love you,” in deeds not words.  Having mom or dad to sit around the fireplace with grown children, kids, grandkids, and other close family members are priceless.  They will feel loved.  Having somewhere to go is a home away from home.  Having someone to love is family.  Having both is a true blessing.

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If you’re buying a gift for your parents, purchase something that really makes a statement about how much you care about them and their well-being.  I’m not talking about a shawl, fruitcake, a pair of pajamas or even a tablet.  How about something that will give them a better quality of life?  For example, my own mother has fallen many times.  Each time makes her weaker and more susceptible to falling again.  Statistics show that falls can cause serious head trauma, especially in seniors, and maybe even death.   
 
Two of the greatest innovations to come along in recent years to create a safer environment for seniors, especially in the dangerous bathroom area, are Walk-in Tubs and the Safety Shower Suites.  Each system has specific safety and ergonomic features designed for seniors and those who may have mobility issues. 
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Importantly, both the Walk-in Tub and Safety Suite Showers allow your beloved senior to bathe without assistance.  Each state-of-the-art product is specifically designed for easy access and egress, so your parent can feel secure as they enter and exist their bathing area.  Both products are specifically designed for safety by providing grab bars at strategically located areas to facilitate movement inside the bathing environment.  Both have special, non-slip surfaces. The Walk-in tub has a non-slip seat and the Safety Suite Shower has a variety of different non-slip seating configurations you can choose from.  Our new Safety Suite Showers can accommodate wheelchairs, walkers and makes it easy for those with less mobility to get in and out of the shower.
For additional information about Walk-in Tubs, check out some of our previous blogs, including: “There’s Never Been a Better Time to Buy a Walk-in Tub,” “The Number One Question Asked About Walk-in Tubs,” and others. 
For more information about out new Safety Suite Showers, read “What’s New in Showers? Sophistication Today, Safety Tomorrow.” 
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Tub King’s Walk-in Tubs and Safety Suite Showers both have proven to help seniors in so many ways.  Wouldn’t this be a perfect way to show your love and appreciation to your parents?  Family is not just about saying, “I love you,” it’s about who is willing to hold someone’s hand when they need it the most.
In this article, I mentioned several different ways you can show your aging parents how much you care and appreciate them, including the gift of a safe bathroom and bathing experience.  Ensuring they’re safe and can still maintain dignity and privacy while bathing themselves is one way to do it. Walk-in Tubs and Safety Shower Suites are the perfect gifts to show your parent(s) they’re foremost in your heart. 
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It’s been my pleasure sharing this information with you.   
On behalf of all of us at Tub King, here’s wishing you, your parents, and all your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving. 
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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.
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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.

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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” 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.

While Making a Place for Your Parents, Include Room for a Walk-in Tub

By Kerry Knight

Today we see family’s of all sizes, shapes and configurations. We see the kids moving back in because they are trying to save money. We also see adults moving their parents into their homes to be closer to the grandkids and to help them adjust to the ever-growing demands that their aging parents are faced with. Today, it’s all about having the right kind of space for your particular family.

Spring is in full swing.  It seems like everyone is in the mood for working on their lawns and homes.   Some new homebuyersare finding small, dated homes they can go in and fix up.  Oftentimes, they have to add an additional bathroom to make them truly functional.  With a little TLC, they can turn a house that no one wanted into a modern plum of a pick.  Just by adding a special tub, like the clawfoot tub can make the house appealing to more people.

Others are expanding their own personal homes to include a place for mom or dad.   The living quarters will no doubt provide a small kitchen, a bedroom and a bath, that is especially designed for seniors. 

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Many grown children are looking for ways to make life easier for mom and dad as they enjoy their golden years.  Sometimes it’s not possible to move them into their homes because of space constraints, having careers to deal with, and housing needs that are just not available.    So, many times they will construct a small addition or separate apartment to accommodate them.  This will require special attention to safety and handicap needs.  If the senior has difficulty getting around, there will be the need possibly for wheelchair ramps coming into the apartment, placing the on and off switch for lights lower on the wall, wide doorways and hallways for easy passage with both walkers and wheelchairs, and a bathroom to fit their specific needs.  Grab bars for the walls will be especially needed.

The bathtub is another concern.  Seniors will want to be able to bathe independently if at all possible.  This means providing a bathtub that is safe and easy to enter and exit.  The Walk In Tub is ideal for this.  These tubs come with a door and seal that keeps it from leaking.  They can actually walk in, sit down on an ADA compliant seat, then close the door and lock it.   The tub can be filled with warm water to chest level, and without assistance from anyone, a senior can bathe themselves and rinse with the handheld shower that is within easy reach.  There are also options of air jets, water jets and inline heater for water therapy.

Three Options for Walk In Tubs
When the senior is finished bathing, they simply open the drain, continue to rinse off the soap and begin towel drying.  When the tub is empty, they can open the door and exit.  The entire process is accomplished without anyone’s help.  Plus, there are many safety features to keep them from falling.  There is a low threshold on the entrance through the door of the tub.  The set up is typically only 6 inches.  The seat and floor of the tub are slip resistant.  In addition, there is a grab bar within the walk in tub to make it easy to get up and down.

The Walk In Tub is indispensable for insuring safety and independence for mum or dad.  The Walk In Tub can go right into a spot where a traditional bathtub would go.  The installation is not difficult.  The plumbing will match up to existing plumbing and the electrical usually requires only a couple of 110 volt circuits.

As a Walk In Tub company ourselves, we receive phone calls daily from grown children looking for a solution of how to take care of their parents in their senior years.  We are happy to be able to help them at a price they can afford.  What is really gratifying is to get calls from the children after the tubs are installed.   They thank us for solving a big concern they had.  They also tell us about how happy their parents are with their new bath addition.  So in planning a place for mom and dad in their special years think seriously about the addition of a walk in tub.

In this article, I discussed how walk in tubs are being used by families all over the USA. This trend shows family’s having multiple generations moving back to live together. This is especially true for adult who are making room for their parents to stay with them. I discuss how planning for your elder parents’ needs can make a big difference for their safety, and independents. Planning for a walk in tub, verses a standard tub can make a big difference. These walk in tubs can increase their independence, quality of life, provide therapeutic care, additional comfort, provide greater support and peace of mind. In addition, Walk in tubs can come with all the bells and whistles to provide real health benefits without breaking the bank. Adults with aging parents are finding that these new walk in tubs are filling a real need for safety and doing the right thing for helping mom and dad enjoy their golden years.

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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 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 Size Walk-in Tub Should I Choose?

By Kerry Knight

Have you ever wondered how you would choose a Walk in Tub for your home? There are many factors worth looking at. When a prospect comes to our showroom, we always ask them a series of questions to help them make the best decision and to make sure there are no issues with delivery and installation. In this article, I will discuss these very questions so that you, our readers, will have a leg up when you go to size your walk in tub purchase.

Short video – What size should a Walk in tub be?

There are a variety of sizes available in Walk in Tub models. However, one must first answer questions regarding how the tub will fit the room as well as the person using it.

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.

Second, check to see if there are HALLWAYS that are too narrow to deliver the tub. Also, are there sharp turns in the hallway that make it impossible to slide it through? In most cases, if you stand the tub on end, while it rests on a piece of carpet, you might be able to pivot it around those tough areas.

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The third challenge in getting your Walk in Tub home is, HOW LARGE IS THE BATHROOM itself? Some bathrooms are very tiny, as you know. If there is already a bathtub there, which must come out, that part of the preparation should already have been done. Most of the old, traditional bathtubs were 60 inches long and 30 inches wide. Most Walk in Tubs should fit in that space. 

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.

Now, we need to consider the best size tub for the individual that will be using it. Let’s suppose for argument’s sake that the doorways and bathroom will accommodate a 48- or a 54-inch length with a maximum width of 30 inches.  
 
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The first question to ask regarding the tub itself is, “WHAT IS THE SIZE OF THE DOOR ON THE TUB?” Most doors are wide at the top and then narrow with a taper at the bottom. It is designed that way to allow for a person to easily move the door past the knees and legs. If you are seated you can move the knees and legs to the side, away from the door, and move the door easily past them. This being said, you do need to make sure the size of the body above the knees can pass successfully through the door.

THE SIZE OF THE SEAT then becomes important. Get a true measurement of the seat and compare that with a normal household chair. Will that accommodate the person who will be using it?

The Walk in Tub comes with a seat, normally 17 inches high, so it can handle a person of any height. Legroom is not normally a problem area.

So, measure your doorways, your bathrooms, and the Walk in Tub dimensions closely before moving forward. That way there are no unwelcome surprises later on.

In this article I have provided a series of questions that a person needs to answer when they are considering purchasing and installing a Walk in Tub for their home. These questions will help them determine the right size to choose and also help them avoid any unnecessary surprises or unwanted construction work.

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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 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) 409-4231; or email them at alan@tubking.com.

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Why are the Jets Important in My Walk-in Tub?


By Kerry Knight
When it comes to health care devices, anything worth using or owning is always related to having the right options on that device. Walk In Tubs offer a great example. The reason I say this is because many unscrupulous vendors will try and sell you a stripped model that does not really fit your needs. They usually do this by hooking the prospect with a low ball price. However, once the buyer gets the Walk In Tub home, they soon discover they have been short changed with regards to their health and therapeutic needs.
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When looking to purchase a Walk In Tub, there are usually three major options.  First, the Soaker model, with no jets at all,  provides a tub with all the safety features you need.   They have a door which is water tight for safety, an easy access threshold for stepping over into the tub, slip resistant surfaces,  an ADA compliant seat, and grab bars for making getting up and down easier.  The owner can then sit in the tub, without the fear of falling, soaking in warm water, and utilizing the hand held shower sprayer to rinse the body and wash the hair.  With no jets in the tub, installation is relatively easy, since, there are no electrical requirements.  Just connect to an existing drain and water lines and you’re all set.
The Wonder of Hydrotherapy
However, many wonder about the advantages of the jetted systems.  The second option would be to install the air jetted hydrotherapy.  This model should come with 18 jet ports all over the tub, with 8 ports around the seat, 8 ports in the floor and 2 ports behind the knees.  It is designed with an air pump that blows warm air (off the motor) into the water to create thousands of therapeutic bubbles.  This therapy is often called THE BUBBLER.  It is great for assisting with the pain and discomfort associated with rheumatism, lumbago, multiple sclerosis, sciatica, menstrual cramps, arthritis, high blood pressure, migraines, stress, sprains, poor circulation, and much more.   The bubbles are designed to treat the entire body at once.   The warm, bubbling water can do some amazing things.
The Magic of Heated, Jetted Massage 
A third option is the water jetted massage system with inline heater.  Normally there will be 6 large ports, strategically located in the back and around the legs.  There is a water pump that pulses the water against the body to massage the muscles like the hands of a masseuse.  Fortunately for you, the hands never get tired.  The inline heater ensures that the water stays warm so that you can stay in much longer than usual.
Sometimes, due to sensitive skin, a person is concerned about the amount of pressure given by these jets.  What if it is too much force that creates discomfort rather than helping?  The answer is simple.  Each water jet port  is adjustable.  By turning the nozzle clockwise you restrict the force or pressure of the jet.  The jets are also directional, which means if you want to direct the water to a specific part of the body, you can.  Let’s say you have a muscle in your back that is tight due to an injury or just sleeping the wrong way.  Just by turning the jet to that spot and adjusting the pressure, you can provide a warm, soothing solution.
The Difference in Cost is Less Than 1/2 Cent a Day
In most cases, the price difference between a soaker tub and a jetted tub, is a matter of a few hundred dollars.  Most find that it is well worth the difference.  Here are the facts. If the life expectancy of your Walk In Tub  were only 12 months, your added cost would only amount to a little over 50 cents a day. Since a Walk In Tub can last many years the actual difference in cost is less than ½ cent a day. The added therapeutic benefits over the life of your Walk In Tub are well worth the insignificant amount you pay to upgrade your unit. You may not need the water therapy now, but someday it might be a life saver.
So, make sure to look at the options that are available to you. You will be glad you spent just a little more.
In this article, I have explained how some vendors attempt to fool prospects into thinking  that theirWalk In Tubs cost less by stripping out the features. I further explain the benefits and options that can be added to  Walk in Tubs. These options can convert a Soaker Walk In Tub into a Walk In Tub with therapeutic benefits via hydrotherapy or heated jetted massage. 
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If you found this article to be useful, please pass it on to your friends and co-workers. If you have a comment related to this article, please leave it in the comment section below. If  you would like to receive a FREE Walk In Tub Buyers Guide, click here. If you have a question, feel free to contact me at the number or email listed at the end of this article. It’s been my pleasure sharing these tips 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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