Considering a Walk-In Shower Tub?
(Ft. Wayne, IN)
Like many children of elderly parents, I often worry about mom or dad slipping and falling in the bathtub. Actually, the bathroom is one of the leading locations of accidents, slips, and falls for seniors.
I’ve seen the commercials on TV and really wondered if the walk-in shower tub is the solution. What about cost? Would they need special permits to have one installed in their house? Are financing options available?
I explored information on the Internet, but also went to our local medical supply store to find out more.
I found a number of major manufacturers and brands for walk-in shower tub options, designs, shapes, and features. I was looking for a tub and shower combination, which basically functioned as a seated bathtub with adjustable hand-held shower accessories.
The best part is that you don't have to climb into or out of them. Doors in the side offer easy entry and exit and lock in place before water will flow or until all the water has been drained. The seated bench inside provides safety and stability.
Options include left or right handed door openings, corner or back-to-wall options, low level entries, and slip resistant and contoured seats and backrests. The doors lock securely, providing leak-free design. Some even come with hydro jets to promote circulation, and to ease joint aches and pains.
Cost depends on brand, manufacturer, and amenities. Tubs range from $2500 or less to over $10,000 depending on the brand, style, and functions.
Financing is available through most dealers, offering affordable monthly payment options based on budget. Some private health insurance carriers may help cover costs, but Medicare, Medicaid, and VA benefits may not, as they don't consider walk-in tubs as a durable medical equipment.
Even though they might not need one right now, it's nice to know that a walk-in shower tub is an option for my parents when the time comes, and that it is affordable.