JoAnne’s Walk-in Tub Success Story

By Alan Knight

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Here at Tub King, we’ve been creating happy customers for over 14 years.  What makes our customers so satisfied with their Walk-in Tubs?  They really help people ... oftentimes in ways that can sometimes be easily take for granted.  But when you’re older, giving up freedom and dignity takes its toll emotionally and can be a challenge physically.  Conversely, gaining freedom and dignity is liberating.   Here’s a true success story about JoAnne, one of our highly satisfied Walk-In tub customers. 

JoAnne purchased a Walk-in Tub from us at the suggestion of her adult children (one of whom is a physician), because they were very concerned about her safety. 

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As we’ve discussed before on our blog, there are well-documented statistics about accidental slips and falls occurring in the bathroom, particularly among older adults.  In fact, the CDC once mentioned in its report entitled, “Nonfatal Bathroom Injuries Among Persons Aged ≥15 Years ― United States, 2008”: “Approximately 80% of all bathroom injuries were caused by falls, with the highest injury rates in the oldest age groups … bathrooms commonly are believed to be a particularly hazardous location … All persons, but especially older adults, should be aware of bathroom activities that are associated with a high risk of injury and of environmental modifications that might reduce that risk.” 

The report’s findings were unequivocal: "For all ages, the most hazardous activities were bathing, showering, or getting out of the tub or shower.  Approximately two thirds of all injuries occurred in the tub or shower, and approximately half were precipitated by bathing or showering, slipping, or getting out of the tub or shower.” (See our previous blog, “Shocking CDC Statistics About Bathroom Injuries – and What You Can Do to Prevent Them.”)

Back to our happy customer. JoAnne, probably in her late 60s to early 70s, had purchased a Walk-in Tub from us because she and her children were very concerned about her well-being in-general and safety in the bathroom in particular. “I’ve been extremely happy with it,” she says, while sitting on the sturdy ledge of her handsome Walk-in Tub, which we installed to fit in with her pre-existing, gray textured-tile, cozy bathtub “nook.”

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JoAnne says she loves to take baths, and especially enjoys relaxing in a deep-soaking bathtub. Her Walk-in Tub provides very easy access and egress into and out of the bath due to its very low threshold and water-tight door, which she very much appreciates.

Another reason she’s very happy with her Walk-in Tub is because of its optional hydrotherapeutic features, such as bubble jets, air jets and inline heater, of which her tub has all three. “I have arthritis all through my body, and it’s incredibly soothing to anybody who has arthritis,” she states matter-of-factly.

Several research studies reiterate our customer’s relief of pain from her condition via hydrotherapy. As stated in an article entitled “Hydrotherapy for Arthritis”:“Hydrotherapy can be a beneficial form of treatment for individuals with arthritic conditions. During hydrotherapy, a person is submersed in water, either to soak or to exercise. A hydrotherapist can instruct a patient on the types of movements appropriate for his or her condition. Hydrotherapy can be especially useful to treat the joint pain and stiffness associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The painful swelling in the joints that occurs with rheumatoid arthritis has been shown to decrease with hydrotherapy… Hydrotherapy can also be effective in helping those individuals with osteoarthritis (OA).”

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After having her Walk-in Tub installed, Joanne had to undergo a total hip replacement. This is an in-patient surgical procedure, whereby the diseased cartilage and bone of the hip joint is surgically replaced with artificial materials. Total hip joint replacement involves surgical removal of the diseased ball and socket and replacing them with a metal (or ceramic) ball and stem inserted into the femur (upper leg) bone and an artificial plastic (or ceramic) cup socket. As you may imagine, this can be a very challenging and sometimes painful procedure to recover from, especially for elderly adults who live alone.

Again, here’s where the low-threshold door of the Walk-in Tub proved invaluable. “It saved me probably six hours of painful physical therapy, learning how to get into a regular tub,” she says. 

And depending upon her insurance plan, it may have saved her hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in co-pay for that physical therapy, not to mention the time, hassle and perhaps additional costs (gas, parking, etc.) of having someone drive her to and fro the physical therapy sessions. 

Furthermore, the Walk-in Tub’s non-slip floor and seat functionally provide an additional element of safety while also contributing to our customer’s peace of mind. “I feel totally safe standing up,” she states.

But don’t just take my word about it.  See for yourself why Joanne is totally satisfied with her Walk-in Tub.

JoAnne's Walk-in Tub Testimonial About Her Tub King Walk-in Tub, Part 1 

                         JoAnne's Testimonial About Her Walk-in Tub from Tub King, Part 2

In this success story about Walk-in Tubs, I shared with you highlights from one of the many testimonials we’ve received from our customers about them. I included some key findings from a CDC study about injuries sustained from falling in the bathroom, particularly for adults, the benefits of hydrotherapy for people suffering from arthritis, and more.   

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Alan Knight is the owner of Tub King, Inc., and  in Jacksonville, Florida. He has many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. His companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” four years running. To contact Tub King directly, call (800)843-4231 or email 

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