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Are Walk-In Tubs Worth It?

I'm considering getting a walk-in tub, but I was kind of shocked by the prices - some cost over $12,000! Anyone have one? Do you like it? Any issues with sitting in the tub while you wait for it to fill or drain? I've been looking at tub brands here (https://www.seniorsafetyreviews.com/best-walk-in-tub-reviews-comparison-2018/) are there other ones I should be considering. I've also found the sales people and tactics very aggressive.
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When i saw the title of your post, I was hoping that someone who has a walk-in tub would share their experience... alas. We've thought of getting one, too, and thought of it as a kind of hot tub in addition to bathing. My partner lived in Japan for many years and really enjoys a bath. But, like you, the cost is prohibitive. 

 

One thing we ARE going to invest in is a bidet, the kind with warm water. There were stories about it in the news in response to the hoarding of toilet paper. I've been intrigued with them ever since i visited a rich uncle and he had one. I truly think that a lot of caregiving issues would be resolved or made simpler by having one. If the care recipient can't wipe themselves after voiding, either they or their care giver can push a button for warm water, then another for warm air and voila, nobody had to wipe a poopy bum. 

 

My 2 cents. That and $3.50 will buy you a latte.

 

Did you ever make a decision about it?

 

BTW, there is a wonderful (and far more active) community of caregivers on the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/aarpfamilycaregivers/.  Maybe someone there has purchased a walk in tub... i'm going to have to start playing the lottery so i can get one...

 

Jane, hoping for a bidet