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Understanding Walk-In Tubs: Your Top Questions Answered

For many older adults and those with mobility challenges, traditional bathtubs can pose unnecessary risks and obstacles. Walk-in tubs offer a safer, more convenient solution, providing easy access and a host of other benefits that enhance the bathing experience. As a walk-in tub manufacturer, we are asked a lot of questions daily. It’s our job to provide you with as much information as possible, helping you make the right decision for your life, safety, and home. 

These are some of the most common questions we are asked about our walk-in bathtubs.

1. What is a Walk-In Tub?

A walk-in tub is a bathtub designed with a door on the side that allows users to enter without having to climb over the side or lift their leg above a high threshold. Once inside, you can seal the door securely to prevent leaks and enjoy a comfortable, seated bathing experience.

2. Who Should Consider a Walk-In Tub?

Walk-in tubs are ideal for anyone with mobility issues, including seniors, those with disabilities, or anyone recovering from surgery. They are also a great choice for anyone looking to age in place safely and comfortably.

3. What Are the Safety Features of Walk-In Tubs?

  • Safety is a primary feature of walk-in tubs. Our key safety features at Independent Home include: 
  • Low threshold entry: Minimizes the risk of trips and falls. 
  • Built-in ADA compliant seating: Provides a comfortable and secure place to sit while bathing. 
  • Non-slip flooring: Prevents slips inside the tub. 
  • Ergonomic grab bars: Offer additional support and balance. 
  • Handheld showerheads: Allow for easy washing while seated.

4. What Therapeutic Features Do Walk-In Tubs Offer?

Our walk-in tubs come with therapeutic features that can help relieve pain and improve relaxation: 

  • Hydrotherapy jets: Provide a gentle massage that can help relieve pain and stiffness. 
  • Micro Bubbles: These help exfoliate the skin. 
  • Chromotherapy: Uses colors in the lighting to enhance mood and relaxation. 
  • Aromatherapy: Disperses essential oils to stimulate the senses and promote relaxation.

5. How Much Do Walk-In Tubs Cost?

The cost of walk-in tubs can vary significantly based on features, size, and installation requirements. At Independent Home, we offer the most competitive prices in the industry. We’ll even give you $1500 off your purchase. Call to ask us how!

6. Are Walk-In Tubs Covered by Medicare or Insurance?

Generally, Medicare does not cover the cost of walk-in tubs as they are considered “personal convenience” items. However, some private insurance policies or programs might offer partial coverage if the tub is prescribed as a necessary medical equipment. Ask your insurance provider.

7. How Are Walk-In Tubs Installed?

Installing a walk-in tub typically involves plumbing and electrical work, and sometimes modifications to bathroom doors or walls to accommodate the tub. Professional installation is recommended to ensure that all features function properly and safely. Our in-house installers can have your walk-in tub in as little as a day!

8. How Long Does It Take to Fill and Drain a Walk-In Tub?

Modern walk-in tubs are designed with fast-filling faucets and quick-drain systems to reduce waiting times. It generally takes minutes to fill and drain, depending on water pressure and the size of the tub. Our oversized 2” drain makes draining your tub a quick experience.

9. Can a Walk-In Tub Fit in a Standard Bathroom?

Walk-in tubs come in a variety of sizes and are often designed to fit into the space of a standard bathtub. Measurements and a professional assessment will ensure a proper fit. Our salespeople will walk you through the entire process!

10. What Maintenance Does a Walk-In Tub Require?

Walk-in tubs require regular maintenance, which includes cleaning the tub and its components, such as the door seal and jets, to prevent mildew and ensure smooth operation. Our walk-in tubs are designed with easy-clean features and materials to simplify maintenance. 

Get a Walk-in Tub in as Little as Two Weeks

Walk-in tubs offer a combination of safety, comfort, and therapeutic benefits that can significantly enhance the quality of life for those with mobility issues or anyone looking for a more relaxing bathing experience. With various options available, finding the right tub can transform your bathroom into a haven of safety and relaxation. If you’re considering a walk-in tub, give us a call today to talk about your options and to learn how you can save $1500! 

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