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Assisted Living Directory iconSummary: As we age, many of the things we used to do don't come as easily, including bathing. Walk-in bathtubs can make any bathroom safer, especially for our seniors living in an assisted living environment. Comments appreciated below!

This page is full of information on walk-in bathtubs for seniors, including videos, tutorials, and places you can go to further you research!


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As we age, many of the things we used to do don't come as easily. Many seniors have more difficulty reading, hearing or doing physical activity. For those Walk In Bathtubseniors living in an assisted living environment, these difficulties can often times be much more pronounced.

It is the job of any good assisted living facility to make every day tasks more manageable and accessible for it's residents. Items like handrails to prevent falling, easier to manage locks, handles and latches all make life easier for elderly or mobility-impaired residents in an assisted living environment.

We are all aware that the bathroom is one of the most accident-prone areas of any house - for anyone - not just seniors. The floors are often wet, and falls are all too common. In an assisted living or any care environment, making the bathroom area safer is of utmost importance. One item that can make any bathroom safer, especially for our senior population, is a walk in bathtub.


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In all of my visits to facilities, and interviews with facility owners, I've noticed that many of them don't use walk-in bathtubs for their residents. Why?

Walk in bathtubs allow easy entry and exit by incorporating a door in the side of the bathtub, and a low step - thereby eliminating the need to "hike your leg over" a high bathtub wall. Many walk in bathtubs come with a booster seat that provides additional height for those who find it difficult to rise from a sitting position. The controls are easy to reach, and the handle is easy to close.

Walk in bathtubs come in many sizes, and with optional features available. Some tubs come with warm air massage, which offer a relaxing, therapeutic element to bathing. Others offer hygienic whirlpool systems to eliminate the risk of infectious bacteria.

With so many walk in bathtub models on the market, it can be difficult to choose the best one for your needs. There are many things to consider:

Cost: The price of walk in bathtubs can range from $3000 up to $15,000. However, you should be able to buy a walk in bathtub that will suit your needs for around $5,000.

Is the bathtub certified? Walk in bathtubs should be certified to safety standards in the country in which they are made. In the United States, CSA/UL certification is equivalent to American Standards Association.

Who will install it? Just like any regular bathtub, a good plumber will be able to install your walk in bathtub.

What is it made from? Most walk in bathtubs use gel coat fiberglass and acrylic. Metal reinforcement is not necessary in a walk in bathtub, as fiberglass is incredibly strong.

Size considerations: Sizes vary from space-saving models that hold about as much water as a regular bathtub, to much larger models that hold a lot more water. For larger models, you'll need to determine if your water heater has the capacity to handle the larger volume of heated water. Also, most bathrooms are fairly small, so a larger model might now be good for space considerations.

Door swing: The door swing depends on the size of the tub. Inward door swings need more room inside the tub, and you'll need more room once you are there to maneuver around the door to get in or out of the tub. Outward swinging doors allows for a smaller bathtub, less water use, and eliminates the need to maneuver around the door to enter or exit. Many people believe that outward swinging doors are prone to leaking. This is not true - they do not leak!

Why does it have an external drain? Some walk in bathtubs have a small external drain just below the door in the bathtub. The purpose of this drain is to catch the water droplets that fall from the open door and seal, which prevents water from getting on the bathroom floor. They are not there because the tub leaks!

Get A Safe Bathtub!Step-in Height: This can also vary between models, and also between companies. Some baths require the bather to step up more than 7 inches to enter the bathtub, which can be quite high. There are models that only have a step in height of 2 inches, making access much easier!

Door Closure: There are several closure systems for walk in bathtubs. Some have a small lever or handle and others may have button actions to close the door. Longer-handled closures give the bather more leverage to open and close the door.

Trick Out your Tub! Tubs can even come with luxury features such as FM radio/stereo, in-line heaters to keep the temperature constant, anti -scald devices, aromatherapy functions, a built in Bidet to give it a European feel, and water jets to give a more 'jacuzzi like' experience, which will help with sore joints, and offers a great massage!

Of course, as mentioned above, there are a lot of different options with walk in bathtubs. Warm air or water massage systems are two of the more popular optional features that you can get with a walk in bathtub.

Many assisted living facilities offer walk in bathtubs for their residents. Obviously, these specialized bathtubs offer a higher degree of safety in the bathroom. Additionally, walk in bathtubs are therapeutic, increasing the relaxing effects of bathing while reducing the anxiety of potential falls and accidents in the process.

For more information on walk in bathtubs and safe bathing options, we recommend that you visit www.safetybath.com

Excellent Video by John at Custom Care Walk-In Tubs showing the ins, outs, features and inner workings of one of his walk-in tubs:

Aging Safely Baths - Great video overview of Walk-in Baths. Aging Safely is also a supplier based in Louisville, CO!

- by the staff at Assisted Living Directory

Responses to this article:
Steven Wrote
My Mother fell a few times in her bathroom. I am a home improvements contractor. I started looking for ways to make her safer. I found that the walk in bathtubs are a good safe alternative. She is much happier and safer. I found that she was not alone and I made it my mission to help other senior citizens. I have added a couple lines of walk in bath tubs to my business. If you are in Maryland, Delaware, or Virginia give Camden Enterprises a call at 888-305-7916 0r 443-365-0664 Steven
28 July 2014 at 3:13 pm

Zach Wrote
Great article and information. It's important to note, several of the major brands claim to be manufactured in the U.S.A. When often times, they buy the shell over seas and simply assemble domestically. Like the previous entries suggest, the market is flooded with inferior walk in tub products. Furthermore, some of the most expensive national brands, have the lowest quality. Sometimes not even having third party certifications for quality standards. I own http://www.Agingsafelybaths.com We sell several of the top name brand hydrotherapy walk in tubs and roll in handicap showers. We have the lowest prices nationally, offer one of the largest selections in the industry, and truly try to guide our customers into selecting the product that is just right for their unique needs. Free shipping to the continental U.S. Purchase supply only or installations available nationally. Free consultations. Toll Free 1-888-779-BATH(2284)

10 January 2014 at 8:51 am

John Wrote
Custom Care designs and manufactures a complete line of premium, high-quality, Walk In Tubs. Custom Care Walk In Bathubs are ideal for those with limited mobility, anyone with pain suffered from arthritis, stress or other debilitating conditions. For more information please visit http://customcarewalkintubs.com
22 October 2013 at 1:58 pm

Marcos Wrote
Holy moly that is a nice ding on your back - and you are not a 'senior' by any means. Looks like you could use a nice walk-in-tub!
20 September 2012 at 8:07 am

Superior Walkin Tubs Wrote
Superior Walk-In Tubs is dedicated to finding you the right walk in bath tubs and walkin bathtubs for your needs and budget. Contact us or visit our site for more information.
14 May 2012 at 7:27 am

Tom Wrote
Nice invention for seniors. Bathing will be easier with that Tom "wieszak na torebke"
15 April 2012 at 2:18 pm

Shawna Wrote
Looking for the best quality Walk-In Tubs at wholesale prices? Certified Walk-In Tubs offer the lowest prices in the U.S! We ship anywhere & we also install, if needed. Shawna Davis
12 February 2012 at 5:13 pm

Daniel Wrote
Dwell Well in Jacksonville Fl sells walk in bathtubs that are manufactured in the USA. We offer 6 different models and each come standard with hydro-therapy, quick drain system, stainless steel frame, lifetime warranty, auto clean and more. We offer a high quality product at a competitive price and focus on a high level of customer service. Our sales staff are not "pushy", they will however assist you through every step to ensure the process is as quick and painless as possible. We are a full service company and offer a turn key experience. Dwell Well only uses licensed plumbers and electricians to install our tubs. We have found that our customers are educated buyers and understand the difference between a low quality product manufactured overseas and a high quality product that will last for years to come. We also offer different payment options to assist with your new purchase. If you are currently shopping for a walk in tub, make sure that the company is licensed, insured and uses trades with the same credentials. If you value quality then you may consider a product that is manufactured in the USA and carries a lifetime warranty. Also look out for the "Internet Special Price" or any deeply discounted offer as this surely will not include many standard features or warranties. Happy Shopping!
2 February 2012 at 12:13 pm

Landon Wrote
I stumbled upon this while doing some research for a walk in safety tub for my wife and I. Even though it's an old post, I found it very helpful. I'm leaning towards ordering one from direct to you furniture.
30 January 2012 at 9:42 am

Dave Wrote
I am not a 'senior' but I fell in my tub recently and it left me unable to work for a few weeks. I can't imagine what a senior with something like PD or Alzheimer's has to go through to shower or clean up every day. Seems like Walk-in tubs are a good choice.
27 November 2011 at 2:25 pm

awalkintubs.com Wrote
Walk in tubs are often installed in mobile homes. In some of the older mobile homes it can be a challenge. Narrow hallways and doors can present issues and may require the tub to come in from the outside wall.
12 July 2011 at 10:34 am

Garfield Wrote
My mother in law got one of these installed in her home for her birthday last year. The says the walk in bathtubs make her feel a lot safer getting ready every morning.

12 July 2011 at 10:34 am

John Wrote
I am one of the co-owners of Affordable Walk in Tubs of Texas. We are a seller and installer of Texas made walk in tubs. Our goal is to offer a great product at a fair price. If you live in Texas or Oklahoma and have been led to believe that you can not afford a walk in tub please give us a call. Please see us at www.awalkintubs.com.

30 June 2011 at 6:24 am

Joe Wrote
We just bought some from Triump walk in bathtubs It looks really nice,acrylic walk in tubs.We strongly recommend their walk in tubs to USA seniors.please visit www.triumphwalkinbathtubs.com

28 June 2011 at 7:50 pm

Arlene Wrote
I have a standard size shore in my BR. Do they make walk in tubs to fit this size? Arlene

12 May 2011 at 1:17 pm

Eve Wrote
And yes, most tubs are made in China,...and buyer beware of those claims of "Made in the USA". What they really mean is "assembled in the USA". At Home Sweet Accessible Home in Jacksonville, we deal with Best Bath Systems in Boise, Idaho,...where 100% of the tub is built in the good ole USA! We know because we have visited their factory and watched them being built! Eve
11 April 2011 at 1:46 pm

Eve Wrote
My husband and I own Home Sweet Accessible Home in Jacksonville, Florida, a remodeling company focusing on the needs of the elderly and the disabled. We offer a variety of walk-in bathtubs, but we only deal with those with a quality product with a strong warranty and reputation. We do offer baths made completely in the USA, tub shell, pumps, everything. We also have manufacturers who ship the body of the tub over from China--which allows for a reduced cost to pass on to the customer. There are quality bath shells from China,..you just have to know the right manufacturers to deal with who always guarantee their product. We spend a lot of effort to educate our clients on the differences of each and the warranty that comes with their bathtub. It becomes a matter of choice for the customer as to which tub will fit their needs and budget. It's unfair to lump all bathtub companies as trying to cheat the elderly,...we started our business after caring for my 82 year old mother in our home--and realizing there were few re modelers who understood the individual needs of seniors. We are Certified Aging in Place Specialists (NAHB), and dedicated to assisting seniors and the disabled with customized home remodeling in Jacksonville, Florida. Eve
11 April 2011 at 11:39 am

Lou Wrote
From a previous comment: "This is yet another example of an unethical industry taking advantage of the elderly. There is absolutely no reason for walk-in tubs to cost 10 times the amount of the regular tub, or 5 times the cost of a stand-alone bear claw tub. It is tell that most of the dealers don't even want to quote their prices. They insist on meeting with the elderly person for the hard sell. Disgusting. "

I second your opinion. My mother just got a hard-sell yesterday. When I got home, and listened to what had happened and did some internet investigation, I nearly hit the roof. No sales brochure was offered. They used a carrot of "$4,000 off coupon" with a $1,000 down payment - only good for the next 3 days. No itemized estimate. No itemized sales receipt, or even an order form. Just one dollar figure that included the tub + installation cost. Impossible to know the cost of any one thing. The website was just as bad. No suggestions of how many models they make or carry. No prices on any thing. No dimensions. So I decided to see if American Standard made walk-ins. Yes, the do. Made in USA. Acrylic. Downloadeable spec sheets in pdf-format. Prices. None of that "hide-the-ball" game. Remember, if the people you are dealing with are not willing to itemize the costs UP FRONT, you will have no way to know what you are actually paying for. And you will therefore have no way to comparison shop
8 April 2011 at 10:08 am


John Wrote
I have purchase a walk in tub from CT walk in tubs and it's a very good product at a very reasonable price. They came to my house did all the measurements and they even brought a tub with the so I can see how it looks. I defiantly would recommend them. The product is good and installation wAs amazing John
15 March 2011 at 7:58 pm

Mark Wrote
Where can you find a great affordable alternative to the hassle and chaos of tearing apart your bathroom?...With us. Mark Hinde
11 March 2011 at 6:23 am

Selig Construction Wrote
It is very important to have your walk in bath tub installed by a company who is professional and will give you the best quality in safety and warranty standards. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the purchase and installation of a walk in bath tub please give Selig Construction a call at 1-866-735-4433 Cat
18 February 2011 at 7:23 pm

Laurice Wrote
I just bought walk in tub for my grandma and they offered me the best price, and so far grandma is satisfied with it, maybe you would like to check their site

hope this could help
17 February 2011 at 4:21 pm


Eugene Wrote
Good article, and helpful too. Just wanted to let everyone know that my wife and I ended up getting an official Jacuzzi brand walk-in tub that we're extremely pleased with!

Check out their website: http://www.jacuzzi-walk-in-tubs.com/
16 February 2011 at 3:33 pm


Beverly Wrote
does the veterans administration help pay for a bathroom to be put in the downstairs Beverly
15 February 2011 at 8:45 am

Eric Schrader, Home Accessibility Consultants Wrote
I sell and install walk in tubs from a company called Tub King in Jacksonville, Fl. Their website is www.tubking.com. They provide incredible value, since the acrylic shell and stainless steel tub in made in China, the motors are made in Germany and other components come from Canada and the USA. This "Made in the USA" has no relevance at to value and quality. These tubs offer whirlpool, hydrotherapy and an in-line heater starting at $ 2995; I install these tubs with in total turnkey fashion, using only licensed plumbers and electrician, not some "handyman" or "weekend warrior" who might not have any insurance. Try to find them when something goes terribly wrong with a plumbing connection. Another issue is how is the tub trimmed out? Is is just put in place with a gap around the perimeter allowing water/moisture to enter? How about the size of the bath door, which probably had to be removed to get the tub in the bath? Do yourself a favor and widen the tub, while the tub is being installed to a 32" wide door (2868 door in builders' terms). Remember, all tubs that have whirlpool and/or hydrotherapy required a dedicated 20 amp/115 volt GFCI protected circuit. Don't let some hack installer tell you that he'll just tap into the bathroom GFCI circuit. This decision is against the NEC code and would typically be in violation of the warranty. With a cheap installation, you get what you pay for. Eric Schrader, Home Accessibility Consultants, LLC
www.walkintubsofatlanta.com
31 January 2011 at 4:30 am

Walk In Tub Wrote
Ok, So here it is An Ad For Ideal Walk in Bathtubs. Yes, we make walk in tubs and also represent some high quality manufacturers of walk in tubs. Call us for a free design consultation and written estimate at your home. visit our website at www.walk-in-tub.org ideal walk in tubs
13 December 2010 at 4:30 am

Theo Wrote
This is yet another example of an unethical industry taking advantage of the elderly. There is absolutely no reason for walk-in tubs to cost 10 times the amount of the regular tub, or 5 times the cost of a stand-alone bear claw tub. It is tell that most of the dealers don't even want to quote their prices. They insist on meeting with the elderly person for the hard sell. Disgusting. Theo
12 December 2010 at 8:10 pm

Donna Wrote
I have received soooo many calls from people that tell me that they found a walk in tub with whirlpool and air hydro for $1999.00. I explain to them that at that price the tub was more than likely made in China. They insist that they were told by the seller that the tub was made in the USA. I do not understand why people in this industry just don't tell the truth by admitting that the tub was made in China, and let the customer decide if they want to purchase or not. Just tell them where the tub was made and sell the benefits of your product who knows the customer might not care and now they have correct information and can make an educated decision.
Check us out at bestbuywalkintubs if you want a walk in bath tub that is Proudly made in the USA.
877-416-5289 Donna / www.bestbuywalkintubs.com
1 October 2010 at 12:43 pm

Randy Wrote
My wife and I bought a 100% American made tub from Bathing systems of Indiana for my folks. They love it. http://www.takeabathnow.com/
30 September 2010 at 10:46 am

Phil Wrote
How can I get the tub to fill faster. Batch tank on roof with a two inch pipe to the tub.?
Batch tank in attic with 2" pipe to tub and warmed by a solar collector on the roof?
10 September 2010 at 4:24 pm

Melba Wrote
I bought one for my aunt who loved baths but wound up only using it as a sit-in shower because you can't get out of the tub until the water completely drains out and that takes quite a while. I would have bought her a walk-in shower if I'd known.
17 August 2010 at 1:49 pm

Andrea Wrote
I purchased a fiberglass walk-in tub for my mother that was represented to me as being made in the US but later found out that it was an inferior quality copy of an acrylic tub that just had the hardware installed in this country. It leaked and I was told I would have to contact the manufacturer in China. I paid and wasted over $3000 on that tub. Repairing it has been estimated at over $1000. Instead I have been looking into real American made tubs and would strongly recommend that anyone thinking of buying one of these do the same. Once again, I have had it pounded into my head - You get what you pay for. Andrea
5 July 2010 at 11:48 am

Scott Wrote
I have discovered a great walk in tub provider serving the Indianapolis and surrounding Indiana areas. http://www.takeabathnow.com

Family owned and operated, they provide design and installation services backed up by warranties. They carry Rane brand tubs manufactured here in the United States. Their number is 317-663-3115
16 May 2010 at 1:00 pm


Christina Wrote
For a wheelchair accessible slide-in bathtub that fits in a a regular 5-foot bathtub enclosure, try the Aquassure bathtub - www.aquassure.com.
11 May 2010 at 6:16 pm

Hal Wrote
I need a wheelchair accessible bathtub/shower where I can slide from my wheelchair into/out of the bathtub/shower Hal
14 April 2010 at 8:42 pm

Pat Wrote
The website mentioned in the article above also contains information on financial help for the purchase of a walk in bathtub
23 March 2010 at 6:55 am

Anon Wrote
Very helpful information, only thing I see you could add is how to get help paying for it . Thank you
17 December 2009 at 10:10 pm

Gail Wrote
I appreciate this website for sorting out "the wheat from the chaff!" I respect www.indepedentlivingusa.com for their truth in advertising and frankly identifying which of their tubs are made in U.S.A.and which are made in China. The buyer should indeed know what they are getting
13 December 2009 at 7:13 am

Bill Wrote
Ok, So here it is An Ad For A1 Walk in Bathtubs. Yes, we make walk in tubs and also represent some high quality manufacturers of walk in tubs. Call us for a free design consultation and written estimate at your home. Call 800 580 8827 or visit our website at www.a1walkinbathtubs.com
13 October 2009 at 4:32 pm

Walt Wrote
Access Walk-In Bath Tubs – Why buy from an unknown online source when you can purchase a premium quality, luxurious walk-in bath tub from Costco – the most trusted name . Access Tubs and Costco work together to provide our customers with only the best in innovative safety technologies and include more standard features such as deluxe faucet sets, advanced hydrotherapy whirlpool system. All products are certified by IAMPO, ETL, UL, CSA. Visit our website at http://www.accesstub.com
18 August 2009 at 8:05 am

Walt Wrote
Access Walk-In Bath Tubs – Why buy from an unknown online source when you can purchase a premium quality, luxurious walk-in bath tub from Costco – the most trusted name . Access Tubs and Costco work together to provide our customers with only the best in innovative safety technologies and include more standard features such as deluxe faucet sets, advanced hydrotherapy whirlpool system. All products are certified by IAMPO, ETL, UL, CSA. Visit our website at http://www.accesstub.com
18 August 2009 at 8:05 am

Greg Wrote
My Bath LLC is a leading retailer for all the major brand name walk in bathtubs. You can view over 30 different models on our website at http://www.my-bath.com
22 June 2009 at 9:14 am

Lisa Wrote
Please visit Independent Living USA at www.independentlivingusa.com. We carry 37 models of Walk-In Bathtubs. We manufacture our own superior quality signature model; The Presidential in Tennessee, and also cary other manufacturer's domestically produced Walk-In and slide-in bathtubs, and products imported from England and China. We have been in business since 2002, and have thousands of satisifed customers. We also have an A rating with the BBB.
19 April 2009 at 12:18 pm

Bill Wrote
I make my living installing walk-in bath tubs for several different manufacturers. I just want to make folks aware that all walk-in and wheel chair accessible tubs are not created equal. In the past couple of years the U.S. market has been flooded with low quality imitations made in China. I know that some tubs are more expensive than others, but you get what you pay for. It's like the difference between a Geo Metro and a Lincoln Town car. If someone offers a walk-in tub at a low price it is either used or made in China. The best tubs are made in the U.S. and Canada. Some companies are importing cheap tubs and putting their name on them and claiming that they are made in the United States. Buyer beware.
29 March 2009 at 3:11 pm

Donna Wrote
I am the Owner/President of Best Buy Walk In Bath tubs. We are also the manufacturer our tubs in Texas. We have been in the walk in bath tub business for many years. We are family owned and operated we offer a very high quality tub and a great warranty. If there were ever an issue you would deal directly with a person that has the answers, not a machine. We also offer payment assistance. Please contact us for any questions or information that might help you to make the right decision, whether it be for you or a loved one. Please visit our website www.bestbuywalkintubs.com or give us a call on our toll free # 888-825-2362
24 March 2009 at 12:11 pm

Elaine Wrote
Very helpful , only thing I see you could add is how to get help paying for it . Thank you .
Elaine
17 February 2009 at 11:28 am

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