At Safe Step Tub, we’ve installed a lot of walk-in tubs for seniors over the years. With all of that experience in our belts, we’ve found that new customers often ask a lot of the same important questions regarding walk-in tubs, their features, and the installation process. This blog will address the top 4 questions people ask about getting a walk-in tub so that you can go into your purchase with total confidence.
Is It Really Any Safer?
The answer to this question is an absolute “Yes!” Bathtubs are simply not designed to be accessible for those with limited mobility and reduced strength and balance. Stepping over that high wall to get in and out, sitting at floor level and trying to get up again, sitting in a reclined position while trying to reach and wash your extremities—all of these can be very difficult and very unsafe for those who don’t have the right strength.
Walk-in tubs offer many accessibility features that drastically improve safety while bathing. The low entry step is the main feature that buyers are focused on, as it provides an easier way in and out of the tub. But the higher, upright seat is also much more accessible and safer for seniors to use. Additional features like safety bars and a handheld sprayer also make it easier and safer to wash.
All of our tubs include hydrotherapy jets as a built-in feature. Hydrotherapy refers to massaging jets that can help to alleviate pain caused by arthritis, fibromyalgia, poor circulation, or simply a long day. These jets can provide many health benefits, including improved circulation, easier mobility, and overall relaxation. Having this feature built into your walk-in tub turns your bath into a spa-like experience.
What’s the Installation Like?
Many people think that installing a walk-in tub will be a complicated remodel, but that’s rarely the case. Our tubs are manufactured to fit in the existing cutout for your current tub. So, installation simply involves removing the old tub and putting the new one in its place. This means that installing your walk-in tub will likely only take one afternoon. If you’re concerned about your tub fitting, you can have a contractor come out and take a look at your bathroom prior to installation. The cost of a standard installation is included in the price of our walk-in tubs.
Are They Expensive?
The cost of a walk-in tub will vary based on a number of factors, but you can usually expect to spend a few thousand dollars on a quality, accessible tub. While this is certainly more than a standard tub frame, please remember that this is more than a tub; it’s an investment in your safety. We guarantee that our tubs are the best price you’ll find for the quality and provide rebates and payment plans to help make them more affordable for you.
If you have any other questions about buying an American-made walk-in tub from us, contact Safe Step Tub today, and we’ll be happy to answer all of your questions!