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Older folks and people with special need should buy walk-in tubs and showers. If it is difficult for a person to climb in and out of a regular bath tub, it can be dangerous. Slips and falls in the bathroom are common. Walk-in tubs and showers are definitely more convenient and safer for older folks. Here are a few pointers to note  before buying a walk-in tub or shower.

As walk-in tubs and showers are usually expensive since they specially designed and made, many people look for secondhand walk-in tubs and showers. It is always advisable to buy a brand new walk-in tub or shower. You would be covered by the warranty and you need not worry about hidden defects. However, if you cannot afford a brand new walk-in tub or shower, choose wisely when buying a secondhand one. Shop around and look for used walk-in tubs which are relatively new. The internet is a good source of used walk-in tubs and showers. Make sure the seller allow you to inspect the walk-in tub or shower for defect before purchase.

In general, a bigger bathtub or shower is better as it is more comfortable. However, the size of the walk-in bathtub or shower you should buy, depends on the size of your bathroom. It is not an issue if you have a big bathroom. If your bathroom is small, you should leave enough room to move around after the bathtub or shower is installed. So measure the dimensions carefully before buying the bathtub or shower. Especially if you are buying a used walk-in bathtub or shower. You may find it hard to return the purchase if it is found unsuitable for your home.

Nowadays there is a wide selection of walk-in tubs and showers. If you are buying a new one, you can easily find what you need in most major home furnishing stores. To save some walking about, check the internet for reviews of the various types of walk-in tub and shower. You may also find special offers and discounts on the internet. Although you are able to order a walk-in tub or shower through the internet, it is advisable that you check out the walk-in tub or shower in person. Make sure you are comfortable before buying. Some model of walk-in tubs are more than just a convenient way to get in and out of the bathtub, they are more like luxury whirlpool with wtaer jets and air bubbles as well as come with hand held showerhead. They still fit the space of a traditional bathtub.

If you find your regular bathtub cumbersome to climb in and out of, you should consider changing to a walk-in tub or shower. Compared to a regular bathtub, it is not cheap but a walk-in tub or shower is worthwhile for the safety and convenience. You should also consider installing bathroom safety bar or grab bar and non-slip mats.
As with expensive purchases, you should do your research thoroughly before buying. Check with other people who are using similar tubs. Or read the reviews about walk-in tubs and shower online. In this way, you will not end up regreting your walk-in tub or shower purchase.