Are you thinking about doing the same?
If so, here are some helpful, easy-to-follow tips to help you select the right walk-in bathtub for your needs.
Weigh the pros and cons
First and foremost, walk-in tubs are primarily designed as an accessibility product; which means it’s ideal for seniors and those with mobility issues.
In addition, there are other advantages you should consider:
- Easy access due to things like large openings and lightweight doors
- Hydrotherapy benefits, including controlled water jets and temperature control
- Quick to clean as walk-in tubs are made from high-quality acrylic
- Maintain independence with a safe, reliable, and comfortable bathing apparatus
On the flip side, there may be instances when you don’t need or desire a walk-in tub.
For example, if you would rather take showers instead of baths, a walk-in tub isn’t really a wise option for you.
Examine the safety features very carefully
Walk-in tubs are designed with built-in safety features, such as:
- Grab bars
- Anti-slip bath liner floor mats
- Quick drainage
- Convenient touch controls
However, you have to make sure these components work for you.
Look at the grab bars. Are they in the right spot, or just out of reach?
Check out the touch controls? Are they easy to understand, or do they appear confusing?
When it comes to choosing a walk-in tub, you want something that’s going to make you feel good and be simple to use.
If you think a certain model of walk-in bathtub is going to be challenging or frustrating to use, you may want to consider an alternative option.
After all, bathing in a walk-in tub should be relaxing and calming, not stressful or worrisome.
Consider the tax implications
Taxes and walk-in tubs.
At first glance, they don’t seem to go hand-in-hand. However, a walk-in bathtub can help you once the tax deadline rolls around.
Certain home improvements may be eligible for the Home Accessibility Tax Credit if they meet specific criteria, such as:
- They make homes safer for the elderly (age 65 +) or the disabled
- The renovations are required for medical reasons
So make sure you consult your physician (who has to recommend the walk-in tub) and a tax professional before submitting the expense for reimbursement.
Picture life with – and without – a walk-in tub
If you didn’t install a walk-in tub in your home, would you be happy if things stayed the same, such as:
- Comfort level when taking a bath?
- Cleaning, care, and maintenance?
- Effort required getting in and out?
And if you did install a walk-in tub, would you be happy with the changes you’d experience, for example:
- Easier cleaning?
- More time needed for water to drain?
- Having to open and close a door to access the tub?
Only you can assess whether or not you need a walk-in tub – and what the implications would be if you did – or didn’t – have on installed.
Want to learn more about walk-in tubs? Contact us
Thinking about getting a walk-in bathtub for your home?
Wondering if a walk-in tub would be a wise investment for your parents (if they happen to be a little older)?
Whatever your questions are, the team at Bath Planet Toronto can help.
We’ll come to you, examine your bathroom, discuss your needs and help you determine if a walk-in tub really does work for you.