Installing a Walk-In Tub Saves Money Compared to an ER Visit

Installing a Walk-In Tub Saves Money Compared to an ER Visit

I have often talked with my parents about where they envision themselves in the future, as they are nearing seventy years old. The answer remains adamant that they want to stay in their house for as long as possible. In fact, this is not just the sentiment of my parents, but according to AARP, 89% of people over the age of 50 would prefer to remain in their home indefinitely. Unfortunately, as we age, our health and mobility becomes restricted and often times are forced to move out of homes, not on our own terms, but due to an accident or fall. If your elderly loved one has ever suffered a fall, then you know the physical and emotional toll it takes on them, as well as the tremendous financial implications. Below are two analyses comparing the cost difference between renovating your house with “senior-friendly” bathroom equipment such as walk-in tubs, grab bars, and raised toilet seats, versus receiving medical care after an accident or fall. Many accidents occur on the wet floor of the bathroom, so installing the proper safety equipment is necessary.

Cost to Install a Fully Renovated Senior-Friendly Bathroom

  • Walk-In Tub + Installation (Senior-Friendly Tub and/or Shower) – $7,000
  • Grab Bars + Installation (Hand-Rails to Prevent Slipping) – $300
  • Raised Toilet Seat (Helps Seniors Sit and Stand from Toilet) – $100
  • TOTAL – $7,400

Home Care Example – If your parent falls in the bathroom, which requires ambulance transportation to the emergency room, whereupon it is determined they have a broken arm. Due to their broken arm, they cannot perform daily activities around the house and need 6 hours of home health per day until the cast is removed. Below are average costs (around the country) per service. Also, please note, we did not factor in how much will be covered by Medicare and private health insurance because individual policies vary.

  • Ambulance Transportation – $1,200
  • ER Visit Fee, ER Doctor Check Up Fee, ER X-Ray, ER Non-Surgical Cast for Broken Arm – $2,500
  • Ongoing Home Health for 8 Week Until Cast is Removed (6 hours per day) – $16/hour x 7 days per week x 8 weeks = $5,376
  • Cast Removal by Physician – $300
  • Total = $9,376
  • Renovating Bathroom $7,400 vs Falling in Bathroom $9,376

Assisted Living Example – Let us set up the same situation. Only this time it is decided to relocate them to an assisted living facility for two months to assure they have 24-hour care. Below are average costs (around the country) per service. Again, we did not factor in how much will be covered by Medicare and private health insurance because individual policies vary.

  • Ambulance Transportation – $1,200
  • ER Visit Fee, ER Doctor Check Up Fee, ER X-Ray, ER Non-Surgical Cast for Broken Arm – $2,500
  • Assisted Living (2 months) – $4,000/month x 2 months = $8,000
  • Cast Removal by Physician – $300
  • Total = $12,000
  • Renovating Bathroom $7,400 vs Falling in Bathroom $12,000

Conclusion

In both of the examples above, renovating your bathroom proves to be cheaper than going to the emergency room and the subsequent steps that follow. In comparison to receiving home care, you save approximately $1,976. In comparison to temporarily relocating to an assisted living community, you save approximately $4,600. The truth is that installing any “senior-friendly” safety equipment is a no-brainier, whether it is a walk in tub, stair-lift, wheelchair ramp, etc. The hardest step for people to take in any aspect of life is making an investment based off of risk. If we were positive that our elderly loved one would fall and hurt themselves then, of course, we would take the necessary steps to keep them safe. Too often, however, we overlook how in danger they truly are, and only when we are faced with an emergency do we make safety a priority.

Written by Alex Milzer with Senior Directory, LLC. Connect with Senior Directory: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube

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Written by Alex Milzer with Senior Directory, LLC. Alex is the Owner of the Senior Directory and is proud to help connect boomers and seniors with much needed services and resources. Connect socially with Senior Directory: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube

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