Walk-In Tubs For Homeowners and Caregivers
Walk-in tubs are special types of bathtubs that cater to the needs of the elderly and disabled. These walk-in bathtubs ensure easy access for those with disabilities and limited mobility. Walk-in bathtubs are a great alternative to a full bathroom remodel and increase safety while bathing.
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Walk-in tubs: easy access and in-home hydrotherapy
One of the great pleasures in life is soaking in a hot bath, especially when your muscles and joints hurt. But if you have an injury or other physical challenge, climbing into a tub can be painful or even impossible. Limited mobility for any reason can make it even hazardous to get in and out of a typical tub.
If you're remodeling your bathroom with an eye to safety and convenience, a walk-in tub should be at the top of your shopping list.
What you need to know about walk-in tubs
Walk-in tubs are available in just about all the sizes and styles as standard models but with one major difference: they feature a watertight door that makes access as easy as stepping into a shower. If you want a simple project, select a model with the same dimensions as your current tub. Making the switch usually doesn't require any structural or major plumbing changes.
Large and small units are available – some big enough to have a built-in seat for the ultimate in soaking comfort. Here are a few other features you may wish to consider:
Walk-in units are great for bathing, but upgrading can allow hydrotherapy, a popular treatment for backaches, arthritis and rheumatism.
How much should you expect it to cost?
Costs for walk-in tubs range quite a bit depending on quality and which features you add. The ballpark cost for a walk-in tub including installation typically ranges from $10,000 — $15,000. The largest variables in pricing, aside from the size of the tub, are optional features like jet systems, which can add to your tub's final cost as well.
Can walk-in tubs increase your home's value?
The good news is that you might be able to recoup much of your project's costs when the time comes to sell your home. Remodeling Magazine's Cost vs. Value Report for 2013 estimates that homeowners can now expect to recover about 65 percent of the costs of a typical bathroom remodel. That figure is based on a national average – if you live in the Pacific region, you could recoup almost 80 percent of the amount invested in your project.
Adding a walk-in unit may also make your home more attractive to potential buyers. The National Association of Home Builders recently reported that housing sales in the 55+ market continue to improve. Baby Boomers and the growing number of multigenerational households might find homes already equipped with walk-in tubs particularly desirable.