Those with limited mobility due to old age or a disability may benefit from having a walk-in tub in Boise. A walk-in tub is a bathtub that is designed for a safe and comfortable bathing experience. Purchasing a walk-in tub, however, can be a difficult decision because of the expensive cost and the array of features to choose from. Our partners at ConsumerAffairs researched the best walk-in tub companies in Boise based on quality, price, reviews and suitability for customers in Idaho’s capital.
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Nearly 13 percent of Boise residents are over the age of 65, and over eight percent of the population under 65 has a disability, according to census data. These people are ideal candidates for walk-in tubs that offer a number of benefits:
Lower thresholds with doors: With a lower threshold to step over, no leg lifting or balancing is required to get in. Wheelchair-accessible tubs are also available.
Built-in grab bars: Sturdy bars can prevent the bather from falling.
Built-in chair: The tub seat makes for a comfortable bathing experience.
Anti-slip floor: Bathers won’t slip on the surface of the tub.
Anti-scald technology: Temperature is regulated to prevent burns from hot water.
Most manufacturers and retailers offer add-ons for walk-in tubs in Boise, such as massage jets, heating extras, lighting systems and quick draining. Any walk-in tub you purchase should come with a lengthy, even lifetime, warranty covering manufacturing defects, the door seal, faucet and parts and labor.
The price of a walk-in tub in Boise with installation varies widely depending on the features. A base model might cost between $1,500 to $2,500. A higher-end model can cost $10,000 or more. Professional installation usually is completed in one day; many times installation takes just a few hours.
Generally, Medicare and Medicaid will not pay for the purchase of a walk-in tub in Boise. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services does not list walk-in tubs as durable medical equipment. It is possible, however, that federal health programs will cover the cost of a walk-in tub if it is considered an absolute medical necessity.
Once you start enjoying your walk-in tub, don’t forget it requires light maintenance. After each use it should be rinsed with warm water. On a weekly or monthly basis, you can perform more thorough cleans with detergent. Always refer to the manufacturer for the proper cleaning procedures so that your walk-in tub remains in good condition and enjoyable over the long term.
Safe Step walk-in tubs are built in the U.S and include as standard features two grab bars, anti-slip flooring and a hand-held shower wand. The lifetime warranty is a big draw: It covers manufacturing defects, door seal, faucets, water pumps, heaters and parts and labor. There is also a lowest-price guarantee. Customers love the warranty, the prices and the performance of Safe Step tubs.
Designed with comfort and safety, Kohler Walk-In Bath features a wide door and ultra-low step-in to make bath entry easy. Hydrotherapy jets target the legs, feet and spine while neck, shoulder and back surfaces are heated for warmth and comfort. Customer reviews say that sales reps are professional and installation went smoothly.
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