Updated: April 2021
We’re big fans of walk-in bathtubs here at Watters Plumbing, and you should be too! When we recommend walk-in bathtubs to customers, we often get a response somewhere along the lines of “I’m too young for that” or “I don’t need one of those yet.” While walk-in bathtubs are generally associated with an aging population, that shouldn’t be the case. The perks of these awesome tubs extend to everyone, not just seniors or people with disabilities or mobility issues. We’ve had the opportunity to install walk-in bathtubs for Fox Cities customers of all ages, and love to educate other homeowners about the benefits!
Everyone, no matter how old, is at risk of slipping and falling in the bathroom. That risk increases when you have to step over a tub wall onto a wet floor or slippery tile. Toddlers testing their independence are notorious for getting into bathtubs in the riskiest way possible, not to mention their splash zones leaving you with a wet floor and slipping hazards as they get in and out. Walk-in baths eliminate the extra step to get in and out of the bathtub and have extra safety features, such as grab bars and anti-slip flooring, that make them safer than traditional bathtubs for all uses. In the event of an injury and as you continue to age, the tub will continue to meet your safety and mobility needs for years to come.
Most of us spend all day hunched over a desk or running around a job site. All of that puts a strain on our bodies and causes aches and pains in our back, neck, shoulders, and feet. Approximately 20 percent of U.S. adults are dealing with some type of chronic pain, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. The jets in most walk-in tubs provide an amazing hydrotherapy experience that relieves those aches and pains and can actually help prevent long-term injury. On top of that, it’s also a great stress reliever. While the jets in walk-in tubs have been compared to those in hot tubs, hot tubs aren’t always a great fit for our cold, Wisconsin winters. Walk-in tubs can give you the same soothing effect all year round in the comfort and privacy of your own bathroom.
Since walk-in bathtubs aren’t as common as traditional bathtubs, they’re definitely an investment and selling point for your home. If you opt to sell, the tub will make your home stand out in a crowded marketplace. It’ll also be an attractive perk for older homebuyers who may be looking for a home that’s more accessible or to retire in. Who knows, the added safety and health benefits that a walk-in tub provides could end up saving you hundreds (or even thousands) on costly medical bills as well.
Obviously, these walk-in baths are going to be different than traditional bathtubs. If you’re someone who likes to soak in the bathtub after a stressful day and prefers baths over showers, you may find the extra depth and being fully immersed in the water provides a more relaxing experience overall. Plus the added jets and built-in seat provide optimal comfort.
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Sure, walk-in tubs may be more common among seniors and retired folks. However, they can really benefit your health, safety, and home value at any age. They’re definitely something to consider, especially if you’re interested in staying in your home long-term. Do you want to check out a walk-in tub in person or learn more about them? Come visit our Menasha showroom or give us a call.
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