Your Guide To The Best Walk-In Tubs With Showers – Forbes
The total cost of a walk-in tub with shower, from purchase to installation, varies significantly. The price of a walk-in tub can range from $2,000 to $20,000, according to Kohler, a company that manufactures walk-in tubs and accessories, such as shower attachments. A walk-in tub with shower combination would be considered a “specialty walk-in bath,” with a price tag of anywhere from $2,500 to $15,000, according to the company.
Standing showers and other shower features are considered upgrades or additional accessories to a walk-in tub—and therefore come with an extra cost. For example, a shower column kit sold by Ella’s Bubbles, a manufacturer of walk-in tubs, costs $460 in addition to the cost of the walk-in tub of your choosing.
The total price of a walk-in tub with shower is compounded by the cost of installation, which can also range widely. Factors that determine the cost of installation include the size of the tub (and whether any architectural modifications are needed to accommodate its size in your home), any electrical or plumbing upgrades that may be needed and whether an old tub needs to be removed, among other considerations. Kohler estimates the cost of installation to run between $2,000 and $8,000.
The only way to determine the true cost of a walk-in tub with shower is to select a tub and shower combination (with any other amenities or accessories to suit your needs and preferences) and consult a home modification service provider (or the tub manufacturer) to generate an estimate of the cost of installation for your specific situation.
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Does Medicare Pay for Walk-In Tubs With Showers?
Walk-in tubs and walk-in tubs with showers are not classified as durable medical equipment (DME) by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), so Medicare typically doesn’t cover the cost of the tub or its installation. Some examples of DME covered by Medicare include blood glucose monitors and test strips, wheelchairs and oxygen concentrators.
If you qualify for Medicaid, financial assistance for walk-in tubs with showers varies from state to state, so check with your local Medicaid office to learn about your eligibility and what coverage may look like.
Veterans may be eligible for financial assistance for costs associated with a walk-in tub with shower through one of several grants offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), including the Veteran Directed Care program, which aims to help veterans age in place. Calling your local VA office is the best way to see if you qualify for such assistance.