Falls are one of the leading causes of injuries and death for most senior adults, and it can be difficult to predict when one will happen.
Traditionally, these injuries have a higher risk of occurring in bathrooms, especially from entering or leaving bathtubs. That’s why it is important to ensure bathrooms are safer for use—and this is where walk-in shower tubs come in handy.
There are many types and models of walk-in tubs, with the average cost ranging from $2,500 to $6,000. Because a lot of factors contribute to the overall price of your tub, it pays to be thorough when considering your options.
Ordinary tubs are difficult to get out of if you have limited mobility, and can also be incredibly slippery. Walk-in tubs address this issue by utilizing watertight doors that seniors can easily open and close shut, as well as features like anti-slip flooring to maximize safety.
Walk-in shower tubs can cost a lot, especially if you go for a model with extensive features and customizable accessories. It’s also worth noting that you’ll have to consider installation costs, which may or may not be part of the package.
Ultimately, the cost of a walk-in shower tub combo will depend on the features you are looking for. Here are the things that can affect the cost of you walk-in shower tub:
There are units that are as compact as the space covered by one shower stall and there are those that can go as wide as your conventional bathtub.
Walk-in tubs can be made from acrylic or gel coat. Acrylic tubs are easier to maintain but they are more expensive compared to gel coat models.
Some safety features include grab bars, leak-free doors, slip-resistant floors, outward opening doors for wheelchair access, and easy draining systems.
Depending on the price, walk-in tubs can come with massaging jets, chromatherapy, aromatherapy, water jets, and air jets for hydrotherapy.
If you want to know more about the best walk-in shower tubs, check out our comprehensive guide on the best models available today. For more senior care tips and tricks, browse through SeniorStrong.org today!
William Rivers is an editor with a master’s degree in Human Services Counseling at Maine State University. He has more than 20 years of experience working in the senior healthcare industry.