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A Walk-in Bathtub at "Below Wholesale Pricing" – A Warning Sign

Tub King’s Seaspray Model Walkin Bathtub
 
When shoppers are looking at purchasing bathtubs for seniors, Tub King doesn’t often find ourselves having to consider price matching other companies as our biggest competitors (Safe Step, Premier, and American Standard) are significantly higher priced. In most cases our walk in bath products come from the same manufacturers but many of our competitors have a much higher overhead than Tub King does, which allows us to buy in large quantities to keep our costs to the consumer low. Recently, however, we found ourselves facing the realization that there is another walk-in bathtub competitor out there who is offering “below wholesale pricing” and is advertising “the lowest price in the world”.

I’m about to give them some free advertising. Call it comparative industry analysis.
 
The phone rings……
 
Potential customer states: “Yeah, I see you sell bathtubs for elderly persons and I’m looking at your Seaspray 202 Dual System on your website that you are selling with fixtures for $2894.95. I can get it from your competitor for $1995.00 but have to wait 3 weeks, can you price match?”
Price Match That?
 
Needless to say, following the call, research ensued and I present to you our comparative analysis.
 



 
Yes, their price is in fact $1995 for the Model 202 Dual System Walk In Tub. We were stunned a company would sell at such a low price point, their margins would have to be very, VERY thin. Tub King, Inc. takes pride in our price point to the consumer for it being a fraction of the cost of our previously mentioned major competitors but there are significant factors which push their prices so high and it is explainable. To have a competitor be a fraction of OUR cost, though, is perplexing from an outright “how does that business survive?” mentality; until we searched for their reviews and ratings. 
 
Luxury Spas, Inc. has an “F” rating with the Better Business Bureau and it certainly does not stop there; ripoffreport.com and scambook.com are just a couple of sites filled with livid customer reviews.
 
To continue with our comparative analysis, here is what you will learn about Tub King, Inc.
 



 
As you can see, our customers love our products and it’s not just about the walk in tub price. If you were to read each and every review you would find most of the compliments come from the beauty and quality of the tubs along with our phenomenal customer service. In full disclosure, we do have 1 negative complaint on Yelp which we responded to reminding the customer we had immediately addressed and resolved her issue despite the fact it was damage done by the freight carrier and not related to our product or services (we have since stopped using that freight carrier).
 
In comparing the senior bathtub prices in an “apples to apples” scenario; at the time the call came in to our sales office our Model 202 was $2894.95 with fixtures. Currently we do have a sale in which that model can be purchased, with fixtures, for $2460 (sale ends 3/31/16).
 
As the saying goes, “if its too good to be true, then it usually is”. If you are getting a STEEP discount for something, beyond what is logical, there is a reason. We sell the same quality walk-in tub and ours not only comes with a wonderful warranty but also the personalized customer service experience and shipping expertise to ensure you are getting the item in a timely and undamaged condition. We all know things can go wrong from time to time but our staff is immediately responsive and customer-centric in our steps towards resolving whatever issues they may have, hence no complaints on the BBB and consistent 5 star reviews.
 
Don’t be fooled by bargain basement walk-in tub pricing from competitors or you may be leaving negative reviews on rippoffreport.com!
 

 

What You Don’t Know About Mother’s Day … and What You Should Remember

By Alan Knight
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I hope you and yours enjoyed a warm and heartfelt Mother’s Day.

Did you know that while not the actual beginning of today’s Mother’s Day celebration, the ancient annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to their maternal goddesses is generally regarded as somewhat of a precursor to it?  Admittedly, some pundits are divided on this issue.  Nonetheless, the Greeks used the occasion to honor Rhea, wife of Cronus and the mother of many deities of Greek mythology.  Ancient Romans, too, celebrated a spring festival, called Hilaria, which was dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess. 
It may be noted that ceremonies in honor of Cybele began some 250 years before Jesus was born.  The celebration during in the Ides of March was made by making offerings in the temple of Cybele, which lasted for three days and included parades, games and masquerades.  Over time, the celebrations became so notorious that followers of Cybele were eventually banished from Rome. 
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Early Christians celebrated a Mother’s Day of sorts during the festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent in honor of the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus.  However, the roots of today’s present Mother’s Day history can also be traced in UK where a “Mothering Sunday” was celebrated much before the festival saw the light of day in the U.S.   It was expanded to include all mothers.  A more recent history of Mother’s Day dates back to 1600s in England.  It was celebrated annually on the fourth Sunday of Lent (the 40-day period leading up to Easter) to honor mothers.  After a prayer service in church to honor the Virgin Mary, children brought gifts and flowers to pay tribute to their own mothers.  On this occasion, servants, apprentices and other employees staying away from their homes ― and there were many of them ― were encouraged by their employees to visit their own mothers and honor them. Traditionally, children brought gifts and a special fruit cake or fruit-filled pastry called a simnel.  Yugoslavs and people in other nations have observed similar days celebrating mothers.  While most countries celebrate Mother’s Day in May, usually the second Sunday of the month, in other parts of the world, Mother’s Day is celebrated at different times of the year and with different customs.

Origins of Mother’s Day in the Land of Lady Liberty

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The idea of the official celebration of Mother’s Day in the U.S. was first suggested by Julia Ward Howe. An abolitionist, activist, writer and poet, Julia Ward How is known for her famous Civil War song, “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”  She wrote a passionate appeal to women and urged them to rise against war in her famous “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” which she had written in Boston in 1870.  In 1872, Julia Ward Howe suggested that June 2nd be annually celebrated as Mother’s Day, asking women from around the world to join together for peace.  Unfortunately, her efforts proved unsuccessful, and she openly began to wonder if Independence Day on July 4th could be reconfigured into her vision of “Mother’s Day.” Her idea evolved and was later replaced by the Mother’s Day holiday now celebrated in May.

Last year, our modern-day Mother’s Day celebrated its 100th birthday.  It was founded for the mourning women to remember soldiers who’d died in battle and to work for peace.  When the holiday began to take on overtly commercial overtones, another of its greatest champions, Anna Reeves Jarvis, tried vehemently to fight it, but ended up dying a pauper and broken in a sanitarium.
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According to an article, “Mother’s Day Turns 100: Its Surprisingly Dark History,” published last year by “National Geographic”: “In the 1850s a West Virginia woman, Ann Reeves Jarvis, Anna’s mother, held Mother’s Day work clubs to improve sanitary conditions and try to lower infant mortality by fighting disease and curbing milk contamination.  The group also tended wounded soldiers from both sides during the U.S. Civil War from 1861 to 1865.  In the postwar years, Jarvis and other women organized Mother’s Friendship Day picnics and other events as pacifist strategies to unite former foes … Around this same time, Jarvis had initiated a Mother’s Friendship Day for Union and Confederate loyalists across her state.  But it was her daughter, Anna, who was most responsible for what we call Mother’s Day ― and who would spend most of her later life fighting what it had become.”

While Anna Jarvis didn’t have children of her own, the death of her own mother served as inspiration for her to organize some of the first official Mother’s Day observances in her hometown of Grafton West Virginia in 1908. On May 10th of that year, families gathered at a church, which has since been renamed the International Mother’s Day Shrine. Other Mother’s Day events were held in Philadelphia, where Jarvis was living at that time and in several other US cities. It was primarily from Anna Jarvis’ work that Mother’s Day became a national holiday, as seven years later, in 1914, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson officially proclaimed the second Sunday in May as the official holiday.
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Originally devoid of all the commercial trappings associated with it today, Jarvis’conception of Mother’s Day included spending time with one’s mother and personally expressing gratitude for all that she did. “It wasn’t to celebrate all mothers.  It was to celebrate the best mother you’ve ever known ― your mother ― as a son or a daughter,” states West Virginia Wesleyan College graduate Katharine Antolini, who authored “Memorializing Motherhood: Anna Jarvis and the Defense of Her Mother’s Day” as her Ph.D. dissertation. That’s why Jarvis stressed the singular “Mother’s Day,” rather than the plural “Mothers’ Day,” Antolini explains. However, the increasing commercialization of the holiday eventually led Jarvis to perceive her initial success as a failure.

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“Anna Jarvis’s idea of an intimate Mother’s Day quickly became a commercial gold mine centering on the buying and giving of flowers, candies, and greeting cards ― a development that deeply disturbed Jarvis,” according to the “National Geographic” article. “She set about dedicating herself and her sizable inheritance to returning Mother’s Day to its reverent roots.  Jarvis incorporated herself as the Mother’s Day International Association and tried to retain some control of the holiday.  She organized boycotts, threatened lawsuits, and even attacked First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt for using Mother’s Day to raise funds for charities … Jarvis’s fervent attempts to reform Mother’s Day continued until at least the early 1940s.  In 1948 she died at 84 in Philadelphia’s Marshall Square Sanitarium.

“‘This woman, who died penniless in a sanitarium in a state of dementia, was a woman who could have profited from Mother’s Day if she wanted to,”Antolini says. ‘But she railed against those who did, and it cost her everything, financially and physically.’”

Money Mother’s Day  

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Today, Mother’s Day, like many other contemporary holidays, comes gift wrapped in overt consumerism.  According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend an average of $162.94 on their mothers this year, down from a survey high of $168.94 last year.  Total spending is expected to reach nearly $20 billion. The National Restaurant Association states Mother’s Day is the most popular holiday for dining out.  Furthermore, more phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than on any other day of the year. These holiday chats with mom can cause the phone to traffic to spike as much as 37%.

We can, of course, argue the points regarding how Mother’s Day has become so commercialized.  Of course, the same can be said of many other religious and non-religious holidays.  But the commercial element embracing mommy dearest is here to stay. Retailers stay in business to make a profit, while we have that not-so-gentle nudge to do something nice for someone we love. 

Presenting the Best Presents

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In recent years, adult children have started to take a look at where they spend their money in expressing their love and appreciation for their mothers (and nowadays, mother’s in law, grandmothers, aunts, etc.).  In some cases, help in purchasing a home, help in purchasing a condo or renting an apartment in a retirement community, or perhaps something even more personal.  For example, the Walk-in Bathtub has become a product of need among seniors.  Many have seen commercials about them on TV, Internet and in print, and maybe even received information by mail.  The Walk-in Tub is something many seniors need, which may not be affordable, especially for someone living on a fixed retirement income. Companies such as Tub King, Inc. have always strived to make these tubs affordable for seniors.

Unlike some companies that try to bilk would-be buyers out of their hard-earned money to buy a Walk-in tub, (read our previous blog, “Is the Walk-in Tub a Scam?”) since its inception 14 years ago, Tub King has always done its very best to keep both the purchasing and installation fees on its various models as affordable as possible.  My brother, Kerry (now retired from Tub King) and I have an elderly mother, so we empathize with those who want to ensure that their parents are safe and comfortable, particularly in the bathroom, which statistically is the most dangerous room in the house for the elderly.
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This unique, high-tech but easy-to-operate bathtubs offer the opportunity for independent bathing, safety from falling when getting in and out of the bathtub due to its low threshold, hydrotherapy options for various pains and ailments that are associated with aging, and importantly, peace of mind for users and their children.  They’re a great way to tell your mom “I love you” on Mother’s Day.

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Another product that mothers of adult children are gravitating towards these days are Tub King’s new Safety  Suite Showers. There are two main designs ― a low threshold and a zero threshold ― and each comes with a variety of options such as the drain orientation (left, center, right), the type of in-shower seat, the type/color of tile, etc. There are also safety-designed accessories that are fitted with built-in grab bars such as towel racks, paper roll stands, shelves, etc. 

In this article, I discussed the origins and history of Mother’s Day, heralding back to ancient Greece and Rome. I also talked about two of its main proponents in the U.S., Julia Ward Howe and Anna Reeves Jarvis. The article goes on to discuss two very popular bathroom products for mothers (and dads, too), Tub King’s Walk-in Tub and Safety Suite Showers.

Tub King Customer Testimonial for Walk-in Tub
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Alan Knight has many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. His companies not only provide superior products, they are also multi-award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” four years running. If you’d like to contact Tub King, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to Alan@tubking.com.

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JoAnne’s Walk-in Tub Success Story

By Alan Knight
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Here at Tub King, we’ve been creating happy customers for over 14 years.  What makes our customers so satisfied with their Walk-in Tubs?  They really help people … oftentimes in ways that can sometimes be easily take for granted.  But when you’re older, giving up freedom and dignity takes its toll emotionally and can be a challenge physically.  Conversely, gaining freedom and dignity is liberating.   Here’s a true success story about JoAnne, one of our highly satisfied Walk-In tub customers. 

JoAnne purchased a Walk-in Tub from us at the suggestion of her adult children (one of whom is a physician), because they were very concerned about her safety. 
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As we’ve discussed before on our blog, there are well-documented statistics about accidental slips and falls occurring in the bathroom, particularly among older adults.  In fact, the CDC once mentioned in its report entitled, “Nonfatal Bathroom Injuries Among Persons Aged ≥15 Years ― United States, 2008”: “Approximately 80% of all bathroom injuries were caused by falls, with the highest injury rates in the oldest age groups … bathrooms commonly are believed to be a particularly hazardous location … All persons, but especially older adults, should be aware of bathroom activities that are associated with a high risk of injury and of environmental modifications that might reduce that risk.” 

The report’s findings were unequivocal: “For all ages, the most hazardous activities were bathing, showering, or getting out of the tub or shower.  Approximately two thirds of all injuries occurred in the tub or shower, and approximately half were precipitated by bathing or showering, slipping, or getting out of the tub or shower.” (See our previous blog, “Shocking CDC Statistics About Bathroom Injuries – and What You Can Do to Prevent Them.”)
Back to our happy customer. JoAnne, probably in her late 60s to early 70s, had purchased a Walk-in Tub from us because she and her children were very concerned about her well-being in-general and safety in the bathroom in particular. “I’ve been extremely happy with it,” she says, while sitting on the sturdy ledge of her handsome Walk-in Tub, which we installed to fit in with her pre-existing, gray textured-tile, cozy bathtub “nook.”
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JoAnne says she loves to take baths, and especially enjoys relaxing in a deep-soaking bathtub. Her Walk-in Tub provides very easy access and egress into and out of the bath due to its very low threshold and water-tight door, which she very much appreciates.

Another reason she’s very happy with her Walk-in Tub is because of its optional hydrotherapeutic features, such as bubble jets, air jets and inline heater, of which her tub has all three. “I have arthritis all through my body, and it’s incredibly soothing to anybody who has arthritis,” she states matter-of-factly.
Several research studies reiterate our customer’s relief of pain from her condition via hydrotherapy. As stated in an article entitled “Hydrotherapy for Arthritis”:“Hydrotherapy can be a beneficial form of treatment for individuals with arthritic conditions. During hydrotherapy, a person is submersed in water, either to soak or to exercise. A hydrotherapist can instruct a patient on the types of movements appropriate for his or her condition. Hydrotherapy can be especially useful to treat the joint pain and stiffness associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The painful swelling in the joints that occurs with rheumatoid arthritis has been shown to decrease with hydrotherapy… Hydrotherapy can also be effective in helping those individuals with osteoarthritis (OA).”

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After having her Walk-in Tub installed, Joanne had to undergo a total hip replacement. This is an in-patient surgical procedure, whereby the diseased cartilage and bone of the hip joint is surgically replaced with artificial materials. Total hip joint replacement involves surgical removal of the diseased ball and socket and replacing them with a metal (or ceramic) ball and stem inserted into the femur (upper leg) bone and an artificial plastic (or ceramic) cup socket. As you may imagine, this can be a very challenging and sometimes painful procedure to recover from, especially for elderly adults who live alone.

Again, here’s where the low-threshold door of the Walk-in Tub proved invaluable. “It saved me probably six hours of painful physical therapy, learning how to get into a regular tub,” she says. 
And depending upon her insurance plan, it may have saved her hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in co-pay for that physical therapy, not to mention the time, hassle and perhaps additional costs (gas, parking, etc.) of having someone drive her to and fro the physical therapy sessions. 
Furthermore, the Walk-in Tub’s non-slip floor and seat functionally provide an additional element of safety while also contributing to our customer’s peace of mind. “I feel totally safe standing up,” she states.

But don’t just take my word about it.  See for yourself why Joanne is totally satisfied with her Walk-in Tub.

JoAnne’s Walk-in Tub Testimonial About Her Tub King Walk-in Tub, Part 1 

                         JoAnne’s Testimonial About Her Walk-in Tub from Tub King, Part 2

In this success story about Walk-in Tubs, I shared with you highlights from one of the many testimonials we’ve received from our customers about them. I included some key findings from a CDC study about injuries sustained from falling in the bathroom, particularly for adults, the benefits of hydrotherapy for people suffering from arthritis, and more.   

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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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Planning Ahead for a Walk-in Tub


By Kerry Knight
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I’m retiring.  Every time I say that it still sounds strange to me.  “I can’t retire,” I think to myself.  “I’m too young.  I feel great.”  It’s as if I’m speaking of someone else.  Yet, then I realize I am at retirement age, 65-years-old. 

 

Where have all the years gone?  I think back to certain events in my life that were 20 or 30 years ago and it seems like they were just a few years ago.  It can’t be that far back.  But it is.  So, I realize I have to accept it and move on.  
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And I now have a Medicare card.  I feel guilty, as if I have something that should belong to an older person.  But I qualify.  When I go to the movies, I qualify for the senior discount.  At first I refused it, then I thought, “Why not enjoy the benefits of retirement?”  In one short year, I’ll qualify for Social Security. 
My wife and I are building a new home.  I don’t plan to ever move again once it’s built, so we’re being careful to include everything that we could possibly want, as long as it’s affordable.  In the master bath, the original plans called for a huge Garden Tub and a separate shower unit.  The tub is beautiful, but here’s the caveat: it’s not right for us at this point in our lives.  It’s designed for someone much younger, someone who doesn’t have to ever worry about falling or stepping over a tall ledge into a deep basin. 
My wife was quick to notice how impractical that tub will be.  “I want to replace it with a Walk-in Tub,” she said.  At first, I was surprised.  Most women would go to their grave before admitting they need a tub designed primarily for seniors with mobility issues.  However, she’s the smart one in our family.  In requesting a Walk-in Tub, she was being pragmatic and realistic.  “The day will come when we’ll need it,” she stated matter-of-factly.  
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She’s right.  I can already feel a tinge of arthritis in my hips and back.  It probably won’t get any better.  The day will also come when getting light-headed will be more common when I get up out of bed or stand up from sitting in a chair, so even maintaining balance everyday will be a real challenge.  We both know that day is coming, it’s just a matter of time.

Statistics don’t lie: most fractures among older adults are caused by falls, and the most dangerous and frequent place senior fall is in the bathroom.  Most common are fractures of the hip, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm, and hand.  Furthermore, the risk of slamming one’s head on a hard surface in the bathroom (and there are several of them) is frightening real.  Twenty to 30% of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries.  Once experiencing a fracture, it makes it much harder for seniors to get around or live independently, thus increasing the risk of early death.  Many people who fall, even if they aren’t injured, subsequently develop a fear of falling.  This fear may cause them to limit their physical activities, which leads to reduced mobility and loss of physical fitness, thus again increasing the actual risk of falling.  In 2010, over 21,700 older adults died from unintentional fall injuries.
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My wife and I both eat right and we visit the gym almost daily.  We both know the value of preventative care.  We strive to live a healthy lifestyle, but eventually we will need some type of assistance.  In this regard, a Walk-in Tub can be of tremendous assistance.

My mother is 83 years old.  She now requires around-the-clock care.  She can’t even bathe herself.  In nearly 20 years, when I reach her age, I hope I can still take care of myself.  
The Walk-in Tub could definitely provide a significant advantage in this regard.  The Walk-in Tub is a self-contained unit.  It stands about 40 inches off the floor and will hold about 50 gallons of water.  You enter it by a hinged door on the side of the tub and step in.  The threshold for entering and exiting is only six inches, so raising the legs and causing instability doesn’t happen due to its inherent design.  Once the door is closed and locked, because of its water-tight seal, it doesn’t leak.  Then you sit down in the slip-resistant, molded seat designed into the tub and soak in warm water.  You can easily reach across the tub to the controls and turn on the hot or cold water, empty the drain, and utilize the hand-held shower sprayer with its four-foot, metal-braided hose.  You can also control the water and/or air jets.  There is a convenient grab bar on the inside for assisting with getting up and down.  In other words, even if you were feeble, you could take a bath without the help of anyone.  I like that.  We do have our pride, you know.  Independent bathing is vitally important to seniors.  In requesting that the contractor switch out the Garden Tub to a state-of-the-art Walk-in Tub, my wife had looked forward 20 years and saw the eventual need.
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But that’s not all.  Just like many elderly seniors, my wife and I will probably develop a few aches and pains as we get older.  Age often brings on things like psoriasis, arthritis, eczema, neuropathy, muscular aches, and joint discomfort, just to mention a few.  The Walk-in Tub comes with air jet hydrotherapy where its jet ports fill the tub with thousands of therapeutic bubbles that stimulate the skin and relax the body.  Just the act of sitting in warm water creates buoyancy and takes pressure off the joints, muscles and ligaments.  The Walk-in Tub can also come with a water-jetted massage system with inline heater.  This means you can target certain parts of the body for specific “aquatic massage” treatment.  The jets are adjustable as to force and direction.  It’s like having your own massage therapist around the clock.   

When I was younger, and long before I was part owner in a specialty bathtub company, I dreamed of having my own portable spa in my home, where I could walk in and get the same treatment that I would get from a professional health spa.  Now I can have it, and not a minute too soon.

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It really doesn’t matter if you’re retired or facing retirement, it makes sense to plan ahead.  The Walk-in Tub can be enjoyed at any age.  Many who have medical problems are enjoying it long before retirement.  And some who are presently in very good health, who simply enjoy the pleasure of having their own year-round, private Jacuzzi, have them as well. That’s great, too.  

Getting to our senior years and existing comfortably during those years when we really might need help will provide new challenges for my wife and me.  Sure, having that beautiful Garden Tub in our new master bath might be tempting, but it’s not our best choice in the long term.  The Walk-in Tub might cost a little more, but overall, it will be one of the best investments of our lives.  We don’t want to spend our retirement years fighting pain and ailments when we can install something now that can help us later.  After all, that’s what planning ahead for our golden years is all about.  
In this article, I shared some of my thoughts and issues upon facing imminent retirement. I then went on to discuss how swapping out our new home’s Garden Tub with a safety-featured Walk-in Tub makes much more sense for my wife and I.  Then I shared some of key benefits Walk-in Tubs can provide, such easy access and egress, water-tight door, safety bar, ergonomic controls, water and jet-therapy and more. 


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Kerry Knight is a former co-owner of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville, Florida (now retired). He and his brother, Alan, 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) 843-4231 or send an email to Alan@tubking.com.
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The Weirdest Gifts of All Time


By Kerry Knight
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You can tell the holidays are in full swing.  You can’t find a parking place anywhere near or in retail shopping areas. People in the malls are shoulder-to- shoulder deep. Gifts are flying off the shelves, and retailers are grinning with holiday cheer and especially at the sound of their cash registers ringing “cha-Ching!” In my perambulations around various indoor and outdoor shopping centers in town, I’ve seen some fairly peculiar presents being gift-wrapped out there.  But when you think about it, people have been sharing some strange gifts for a quite a while now.  Here are a few:  


Fruit Cake.  This has been a running joke since the advent of processed food.  No one seems to want them.  And if you’ve ever tried to eat one, you know why.  Most people just repackage it to save as a gift for next year.  Strangely, these baked products almost never seem to erode… or go away for that matter.  Someone once joked, “There is only one fruit cake that has ever been made, and it just keeps circulating.” 
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Handmade Grandma Sweater.  We’ve all seen one.  They are usually red (for Christmas) and oftentimes have silly features, such as real blinking lights or a protruting, 3D carrot nose. There may also besequins, sparkles and a big snowman, sometimes made out of cotton balls.  It is a poofy, gawdy thing, but it is the thought that counts, right?  After donning this sweater, I’m thinking that we might need to rethink that thought.

A Lump of Coal.    This was always a punitive gift, but it does happen.  It’s supposed to be a representative gift for a boy or girl who has been bad ― that is, has misbehaved ― throughout the year.  My grandpa once told me a story he claims happened to him when he was a boy.  He had always wanted a pony.  But all our family had, was a mule that was used for plowing.  One Christmas morning he awoke all excited, ran to the fireplace and grabbed his stocking from the mantelpiece.  He looked inside to find a piece of horse manure.  His father explained,” We got bought you a pony for Christmas, but I guess it got away.”  No, I never believed that story, but it was funny to hear him tell it.
Here is a short list of some of the weirdest holiday gifts in recent years:
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  • A shrunken head (Believe it or not, Ripley)
  • Facial hair removal kit for women
  • A stuffed deer head with a red nose attached
  • Packaged, flavored larvae
  • A super “Swiss Army” knife with 20+ tools contained therein
  • A chess piece (yes, just one piece)
  • A turquoise leather vest
  • A sandwich bag of coffee (enough for one pot)
  • A tree ornament with the co-worker’s wife’s picture on it
  • A fire extinguisher
  • A bag of chips
  • “Gun of the Day” calendar

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 The acclaimed American writer, O. Henry (a pen name for William Sydney Porter), once wrote a short story entitled “The Gift of the Magi.”  It’s about a young married couple trying to get through the Christmas season with very little money.  It is a sentimental story with a moral lesson about gift-giving.  It goes like this:

Young Jim and his wife, Della, live in a modest apartment.  Their two prize possessions are Della’s long, flowing hair reaching down her lower back and Jim’s gold watch that belonged to his father and grandfather before him.  The couple only has $1.87 between them, and desperate to find a gift for each other they take extreme means.  Della sells her beautiful long hair to a hairdresser for $20 and proceeds to buy Jim a platinum chain for his pocket watch.  Waiting for Jim to come home from work she begins preparing dinner and hoping that Jim will still find her pretty even without her long tresses.  When Jim enters, she admits to using her hair to buy his Christmas gift, and he then presents her gift.  It was an assortment of combs and hair accessories that he had purchased after selling his prized watch.  It is a touching story of sacrifice and the depth to which some will go to express their love.
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Shouldn’t every gift be an expression of appreciation of love?  When you’re thinking about a gift for your mom or dad, or maybe your grandparents, why not buy something that really expresses how you feel?  We sell a product that does just that. The Walk-in Bathtub is designed to make sure your loved one is safe, can bathe themselves independently, and can see relief from pain.  It allows them to bathe themselves without assistance from anyone, in a tub with a watertight door with a low ingress and egress. It also has non-slip surfaces and a sturdy grab-bar to facilitate access into and exiting from the tub. Your loved ones can soak in warm water and treat themselves to delightful sensations and benefits of hydrotherapeutic jets.  (For more details on our Walk-in Tubs’ numerous benefits, check out some of our previous blogs such as “Does Your Body Need a Walk-in Tub?” and “There’s Never Been a Better Time to Buy a Walk-in Tub.”)
Many of our customers pool their resources with other siblings to a make a purchase for their beloved parents that can truly make a difference.  During this season of gift giving, why not offer something that really carries a message of how you feel about someone special?  A safety-featured Walk-in Tub from Tub King is a gift that will keep on giving, every time it’s used. 
In this article, I shared some of the more unusual gifts that have been given out during the holidays such as fruit cake, a hand-knit sweater with a snowman on the front, and several others. I also talked about one of the best gifts one can give to their parents, a safety-featured Walk-in Tub, and described some of its many features and benefits.
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Alan and Kerry Knight are the owners of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville, Florida. Together they have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” four years running. If you’d like to contact them, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to Alan@tubking.com.
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How to Make Your Home a Safer Place for Seniors


                                        
By Kerry Knight
Ah … Home, sweet home. We normally think that once we arrive home after a day at the office, or shopping, or traveling, or just out-and-about that “we’re back home, safe and sound.”
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Yet accidents can and do happen anywhere in our homes and apartments. You can trip and fall down the stairs. You can open a closet or cabinet and have an object fall on you. The list is of potential home accidents is long and oftentimes disconcerting. 
In the United States, injury is the leading cause of death among children and young adults and nearly half of these accidents occur in the home, according to the National Safety Council.  That same group states that in 2002, there were more than 33,000 deaths and eight million disabling injuries that occurred in the home.  That makes one death every 16 minutes and one disabling home injury every four seconds.  When it comes to injury and death in home accidents, the leading culprits are falls, toxins and suffocation by ingested objects or smoke inhalation.  Poisoning is the number one cause of death, which claimed the lives of 12,500 in 2002 alone in the United States.   
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What are the two most dangerous rooms in your house?  While accidents can happen anywhere, there are a couple of rooms that create greater chances for an accident than others.  What are the two most dangerous rooms in your house?  One is the kitchen.  The other is the bathroom. 

Each year in this country, more than 100,000 people go to the hospital due to a scalding injury.  This can happen in the kitchen or the bath.  Hot water alone causes 3,800 injuries and 34 deaths each year in the U.S.  Water boils at 212° Fahrenheit.  It only takes a little more than one second of skin contact with 150°F degree water to create third-degree burns. 
Case in point: A couple of years ago, I was getting some gourmet soup out of the microwave when the plastic lid popped off, causing the scalding cream of portabella mushroom soup to pour on to my right forearm and hand.  Did it ever hurt! I ended up going to the ER that night because I was in such pain. I was lucky, though. One of the ER docs had told me I’d lose dexterity in my fingers due to scar tissue, but that never happened.  Yet even today, if you look closely, you can still see some visible scars. 
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Did you know that dull kitchen knives are actually more dangerous than sharp ones. Why?  Because they are more likely to slip while applying pressure.

Modern gas ranges are a little safer than they were 50 years ago. But even cooking and baking ware can become dangerous. For example, a glass casserole dish left on the range top can explode, jettisoning sharp shards of glass and hot food stuffs everywhere.  Harmful cleaning products under the sink can put children (and pets) at risk. Even sinks and faucets can become dangerous if the water temperature is set too high. I have a neighbor who burned her hand while doing the dishes. 
There is also an invisible killer in the kitchen – bacteria.  Cross-contamination with raw chicken is a known culprit.  Wiping down table tops and counter tops with the same cloth can spread contaminants.  The worse might be the sponge you keep near or in the kitchen sink.  E-coli and salmonella are more common than you think. (Change your sponge often.) 
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The bathroom offers its own set of harmful conditions.  In addition to having the hot water gauge set too high, causing one to burn themselves while using the sink, shower or bathtub, by its very design material-wise, the bathroom can be a formidable environment. Think about it: almost every surface in the bathroom is hard and unyielding.  If one were to fall and hit a part of their body, particularly their face and head on the edge of the sink, toilet, bathtub, shelf, even the edge of a towel rack, a serious injury may ensue. 

Mirrors and other items such as cups and glass containers (for cotton, Q-tips, etc.) can break to become a dangerous lacerating object. My cousin once inadvertently knocked the overhead light fixture near the sink with her hair brush.  It broke into numerous shards of glass, which came raining down on her … a potentially dangerous accident. 
While we often think of falls in the bathroom as an issue only for the elderly, it’s a problem we all face daily.  A slippery surface combined with wet and soapy conditions can lead to a fall and injury for anyone, regardless of age.  According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study, nearly a quarter of a million Americans age 15 and older fall in the bathroom every year.  That’s a staggering number when you consider just how much a bad fall can ruin your life. For example:
  • In 2010, direct medical costs related to falls were $30 billion.
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  • One out of every three adults aged 65 and older fall every year.

  • In 2010, 2.3 million fall injuries among older adults were treated in emergency rooms.
Even with all these sobering statistics, most people are reluctant to install grab bars in the bathroom.  Perhaps that’s because of pride, vanity or stubbornness. After all, no one wants their home to look like an institutionalized hospital room.

But there is some good news … One of the newest and best-received innovations of the last 12 years is the Walk-in Bathtub.  This one invention solves many problems related to safety and independent care, especially for seniors.  These freestanding tubs are attractive and are sturdily built.  Made of shiny marine-grade fiberglass with gel coat on a stainless steel frame, they can be placed in the same spot where your old drop-in bathtub once stood.  They come with beautiful chrome faucet, controls, drain, overflow and a hand-held shower sprayer.  One real positive feature ― and one that significantly increases the safety factor of any bathroom ― is the Walk-in Tub’s watertight door.  You can get in and out of the tub easily through its wide door that seals perfectly and its threshold step is a mere six inches high.  

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You can fill the tub to cover your back while seated and bathe yourself, without help from anyone else.  It also has a chrome grab bar inside the tub to assist the occupant in getting up and down.  In addition to its low-threshold access and egress, the slip-resistant floor and seat also add to the safety aspect of the tub.  The seat is normally ADA compliant (17 inches, which means there’s little or no strain on the back. 
As far as other features go, you can add air-jetted hydrotherapy and water jet massage to the features, along with an inline heater to keep the water warm. Someone once commented to me, “This Walk-in Tub is like an amusement park for bathing.”  The important thing is the Walk-in Tub helps tremendously by making the bathtub area and the bathroom-at-large safer.
There are many things that can be done to make your home a safer place, not only for seniors, but for everyone.  Take the time to do an inventory of how you can make improvements. And keep in mind that one of the best investments you can make for your own safety (or for someone you love) is to invest in a Walk-in Tub.
In this article, I discussed some of the inherent dangers and accidents that can frequently happen in one’s own home. I pointed out that the kitchen and bathroom are potentially the two most dangerous rooms in the house and why. I also explained why obtaining a Walk-in Tub greatly enhances the safety of one’s bathroom, and gave an overview of its safety features and advantages. 
If you found this article useful, please share it with your family, friends and co-workers. If you have a comment related to this article, leave it in the Comment section of this blog. Thanks again for visiting with us.
Walk-in Tubs: Great for Seniors … And Everyone Else. 
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.  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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Serious Things Our Seniors Need to Know About Falling

By Kerry Knight
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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:

Residents of the Century Village Retirement Co...
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. 

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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.
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