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Walk In Bathtub
updated: Dec 06, 2013, 3:17 PM

I am considering getting a walk in bathtub for my home. Do any Edhatters have any experience with them? Are there any local vendors / installers?

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 COMMENT 474958 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-06 03:25 PM

I looked into one for an elderly parent. The problem is sitting there while it fills up and likewise while it drains.


 REXOFSB agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-06 03:32 PM

I want one, but they're hugely expensive---$8,000 on up. The main expense seems to be installation, and in the perfunctory research I've done, you've pretty much got to buy them from the company that installs them. They just aren't sold at Home Depot or Lowe's. I'm going to be watching this thread closely, because I really want one of those tubs, and if I can get one for a reasonable price I'll certainly do it.


 COMMENT 474964 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-06 03:34 PM

I'd love to have one and I'm not even that old. Great concept.


 COMMENT 474975 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-06 03:56 PM

958 has a great point.


 COMMENT 474976 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-06 03:59 PM

I had the opportunity to have ReBath install a roll-in (walk-in) shower in the apartment of a person who uses a wheelchair. It was half the cost of the walk-in bathtubs. It was installed in one day and on budget, no surprises.

The walk-in/roll-in unit replaced a unitary tub/shower enclosure, it was custom fit to the existing space, it did not need a permit as nothing structural was changing.

The individual using the ReBath unit has quadriplegia. ReBath installed a small "ramp" on the outside of the shower lip so that his rolling shower chair can roll up and over the 2" lip at the outside edge of the unit. Alternatively, he has a long bench that he can be transferred to then slid over, into the shower.

While there is nothing so nice as a long, hot deep bath, sometimes financial considerations, safety needs, and/or sensitivity to hot/cold during filling/draining take precedence.

Good luck!


 COMMENT 474991P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-06 04:50 PM

Economy Plumbing on E. Haley has one display at the back of the store.


 COMMENT 475011P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-06 05:42 PM

There was an episode of Santa Barbara Living Local that featured Boca walk in tubs. It was two years ago but I just looked it up.



 COMMENT 475012 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-06 05:50 PM

If you google " Scam a senior sell a tub" you get the well known and highly advertised walk in tub company.

From what I have read, the "sales" people only get paid if they sell a tub and are sent leads from cold calls (high pressure ones) to drive far and wide to find some one to buy a tub.

Easy run $10k, more for add ons, and once you decline, they call back and offer it to you for less and cut out the sales guy.

sounds like a great company right Buy local. The roll in shower is the way to go


 COMMENT 475018 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-06 06:12 PM

You can also consider a patient lift system to get into a regular tub.


 COMMENT 475024 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-06 06:55 PM

It's one thing to anticipate the bath as it is filling. But what do you do with yourself when you're clean and want to get out? Freeze to death waiting for the water to drain? Climbing in when you're dry is far less likely to incur a slip than doing the reverse when wet. No thanks.


 COMMENT 475028P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-06 06:58 PM

My legs got so weak that I couldn't stand long enough in our shower to do everything I wanted to do. We had a roll-in/walk-in shower built and I use a shower bench. Now I get to be independent again and take showers that are not only complete, but SAFE.

We looked into the walk-in tubs, but they were very narrow inside, the door opening is very narrow unless you pay extra to get the larger unit, and they take forever to fill and drain. It seemed to not be very waterwise so we opted for the walk-in shower with no barriers. Best decision we ever made!

Good luck in your bathing adventures!


 COMMENT 475032 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-06 07:25 PM

There is a walk-in tub company in Solvang on Alisal.


 COMMENT 475046 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-06 08:31 PM

My grandma got one recently - she didn't end up filling it up much because of the time it took to fill + it would drain the hot water heater before it was full enough! She wishes she would have installed a shower with a nice seat and hand-sprayer.


 COMMENT 475067 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-07 08:39 AM

We found that my husband's parents and mine, all of whom lived into their 90's, eventually needed a roll in, or walk in and sit down shower. Many elders or people with physical limitations will need help with bathing and that is a lot easier in a roll in shower. When you make it, be sure to consider how an aide would get in, i.e., probably not sliding doors. We had to remodel a bath recently and found that a nice big shower with a bench seat and a handheld shower at one end (regular shower hear at the other end) fit very nicely as a replacement in a standard shower-over-tub configuration.


 MESARATS agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-07 09:26 AM

Max Selzer of Max Selzer plumbing is the best one to ask. Excellent plumber and has installed one in his own home.( he was paralyzed years ago in a accident) He has done all the research regarding price, quality and function. He has done a lot of installations and likely some redos from the cold call crews.


 COMMENT 475086 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-07 09:34 AM

028P, let us know more details: who did yours, who designed it. Could you post photos?


 COMMENT 475112P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-07 10:31 AM

See Johan or Jessica at the Friend's Care Pharmacy in Solvang on Alisal Rd.

They have a small showroom with the actual tubs & full information.


 COMMENT 475120 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-07 10:46 AM

The walk-in tub that my mother uses has an extra large drain installed. It empties pretty quickly.


 COMMENT 475121 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-07 10:47 AM

Costco(dot)com has six different models of walk in tub--several are wheelchair access and one has jacuzzi jets. ANother is compact and looks like it might fit into a shower stall (rather than tub/shower size space). Looks like they range from about $2000 to $5000 and costco(dot)com prices usually include shipping.


 COMMENT 475131P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-07 11:14 AM

When my mother needed her caregivers' help to get in and out of the tub, we purchased a sliding bath bench. They can be a bit cumbersome, but they work. Google the phrase and you'll see some images online.


 COMMENT 475494P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-08 10:46 PM

086, 028P here. Yes, I'll send a before nad after photo in.



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