What Does Accessible Bathtub Mean?

A Wheelchair Accessible Tub

What does accessible bathtub mean?

When someone with limited mobility or confined to a wheelchair needs to bathe, they need a tub or shower they can easily access. A wheelchair accessible tub is one that is either modified or specifically designed for this purpose. What does accessible shower mean? An accessible shower, like an accessible tub, is a shower that is either modified or custom-designed to allow someone with limited mobility to shower. Depending on the disability, an accessible bathtub/shower can be modified with grab bars, hand lifts, lifts or seats. Standard tubs and showers also can be replaced with walk-in tubs and custom-designed accessible tubs and showers. Most have transfer benches and some current designs have raised beds and sliding doors. If you need a wheelchair accessible walk-in tub in Frisco, TX, reach out to the experts at Lone Star Walk In Tubs, LLC. Give us a call at (972) 695-3027 to learn more about how we can help you.

Are walk in tubs worth it?

While walk-in tubs generally cost more to install than a standard tub, if you or a family member have issues with limited mobility, a walk-in tub or wheelchair accessible tub has many advantages that can benefit you. The advantages include:

  • A low step-in entry: A low entry makes it easier to enter the tub with fewer worries of falling or injury.
  • Multiple safety modifications: Tubs are designed with safety in mind, and customized to fit each mobility issue.
  • Comfort features and hydrotherapy: Features like hydro-jets or heated surfaces can be added for comfort or for therapeutic purposes. 
  • Ability to bathe while seated: You can be seated comfortably all the time you bathe, or you can customize the tub so you can safely recline.

Does a walk in tub devalue your home?

Walk-in or wheelchair accessible tubs do not lower your home’s value. In fact, some home buyers may look for features like accessible tubs, especially if they have a family member with limited mobility. Moreover, for those living in retirement communities, the addition of a walk-in tub often increases the value of your home.

Are walk-in tubs covered by Medicare?

In general, a walk-in tub is not covered by Medicare. Unlike a hospital bed or wheelchair, a walk-in tub is not considered “durable medical equipment” by Medicare. You might, under certain circumstances, get partial reimbursement from Medicare for a walk-in tub. To do so, you must first get a prescription for the tub from a physician, otherwise, it will be impossible to get any reimbursement for the tub. 

Make sure, beforehand, that you can afford the purchase and can pay for it in full in case any requests are denied. You’ll also want to contact several walk-in tub contractors to get several estimates before you make your purchase. Once you have purchased the tub and had it installed, you should submit the invoice and prescription to Medicare and make a request for partial reimbursement. Medicare will make a decision either way. 

Will insurance cover walk in tub?

Depending on your insurer and policy, you may be able to get financial assistance from your insurance for a walk-in or wheelchair accessible tub. Evidence must be provided that the tub is a medical necessity. Moreover, while Medicare usually does not pay for tubs, assistance programs like Medicaid or programs through the Veterans Administration may be available. Insurance policies and coverage will vary. Check with your insurers or with representatives of particular agencies to find out what assistance is available.

What is a tub threshold?

In general, the threshold in a tub or shower is the part you step over to get into the shower or tub. With a walk-in or wheelchair accessible tub, the threshold is much lower than in standard tubs or showers. The lower threshold allows for ease of access for someone with limited mobility.

Where do you put grab bars on the wall in a bathtub?

Grab bars are essential for safely maneuvering in and out of a walk-in or wheelchair accessible tub. When installing them, follow ADA guidelines for the best results. The ADA recommends that two bars are installed on the back wall of a bath or shower stall. The first should be about eight to 10 inches from the tub’s rim, while the second is installed parallel to the first about 33 to 36 inches from the base of the tub. 

A Disabled Accessible Bath

Wheelchair to bathtub transfer

When a wheelchair accessible tub is installed, a wheelchair to tub transfer bench is required. The bench is used to safely ease the wheelchair-bound person into the tub. If you are looking to install a wheelchair accessible tub in Frisco, TX, let the experts at Lone Star Walk In Tubs, LLC help you. We have multiple options to help those with limited mobility. Find out what we can do for you by calling (972) 695-3027.