A Walk-In Tub is Perfect for you!Barry Smith
Each year, according to the CDC, millions of people age fifty and over will suffer a fall, either in their home or yard. It’s not a surprise that nearly 80% of all falls happen in the bathroom. While most of these accidents are nonfatal, a lot of them could easily be avoided if the proper steps had been taken to ensure their bathroom was a safe place; specifically taking the steps to have either a walk-in shower or walk-in tub. By having a walk-in tub or a walk-in shower, people are better able to enjoy their retirement and maintain their independence well into their senior years.
Most homes built over the last 10 to 15 years have a walk-in shower in the master bath; making it easier to grow old in your home. If you already have a walk-in shower there are some simple things that can be done to make sure you are able to keep enjoying life in your home in the later years of your life.
These precautions are inexpensive and none of them will detract from the décor of your bathroom. For most people, a grab bar, non-slip adhesive patches on the shower floor, and non-skid mats for stepping out of the shower are all it takes. All of these can be installed in less than a couple of hours and cost less than the price of a steak dinner for two.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking the grab bar on the shower door is adequate, because it’s not. You need one that is heavier and can bear your full weight if necessary.
Re-dos for safety sake
But for those folks living in older homes or homes that don’t have a master bath, walk-in showers are not typically an option. In most cases you will find an older style tub and shower combination which is much less convenient in later years. If you love your home but have one of these, then looking into a bathroom remodel to add a walk-in tub might be a great choice for you.
Installing a walk-in tub has become very popular over the last few years. Walk-in tubs are tubs that have doors that open on the side of the tub so that you don’t have to step over to get in. The doors on a walk-in tub are water-tight, so there is no need to worry about leaking and water damage to your floor. In fact, most walk-in tub doors won’t open until fully drained!
Other features of walk-in tubs that are quickly winning over scores of people include:
- A built-in chair for safe and easy bathing
- A Non-slip surface for ease of entrance and exit of the tub
- A grab bar for those needing something to aide them in getting up or down
- The option to have spa-like jets that provides a relaxing, therapeutic experience
- Many models have door openings wide enough to accommodate a wheel chair
- Water temperature controls
Not just for the elderly
Walk-in tubs and showers aren’t just for the elderly or disabled. People dealing with arthritis and those who suffer from chronic pain resulting from injuries or accidents, as well as, those who are preparing to be their parents’ caregivers are all benefiting from walk-in tubs.
The cost of making your bathroom safe
As you progress through life you often find yourself on a fixed income, so doing an overhaul of your bathroom even just to swap out a tub seems like it could be a big burden. Which is why the first question about getting a walk-in tub is the obvious one, “How much will it cost?”
Walk-in tubs vary in price depending upon the size and the number of features it includes, but most will run you an average cost between $3,500 and $8,000. (If you work with us, here at Dr. Recommended Tubs, we can save you $1200 off the price of your new walk-in tub!)
No matter if it’s a walk-in tub or a walk-in shower, be sure that you hire only those who are professionally trained to install your unit. While the price tag might seem a bit steep, keep in mind that it’s a fraction of what it will cost if you slip and fall and have to pay for a hospital visit.