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Will Medicare Pay for a Walk-In Tub?

American Standard walk-in tubs have features to easy sore joints and aching muscles.
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Amie Clark

Amie has been writing about senior care products and services for the last decade. She is particularly passionate about new technologies that help improve the quality of life for seniors and their families. Seeing her parents and grandparents age made Amie ask herself, “Would this be good enough for my loved ones?” In her spare time, Amie enjoys outdoor adventures and spontaneous road trips. Learn more about Amie here


  1. My husband and I bought the Safe step walk-in tub like you see on TV with shower head and hand held sprayer. We have a few issues: First we paid over $16,000.00 for it installed, they did a beautiful job, but expensive. Then realized our hot water heater wasn’t big enough for the tub, we then replaced it with a 50 gallon tank (another 1200 dollars), still not big enough. Now trying to find an inline water heater.(Husband is 84 and I am 80). I gave up trying to use tub so I take a quick shower and my life in my hands climbing over the side of the tub in and out. My husband has mobility issues so he needs the tub more than I do so far. Thanks for letting me vent. I am not giving up yet finding and inline heater.
  2. I have MS, also medicare and Medicaid. I have 2 bathrooms one has a shower that we put bars on the walls, however, it is difficult to stand without getting dizzy, the other one has a tub that I have never used, to hard to get in and out of. I would love to be able to take a bath the walkin seems to be such a solution. I know I can only do this with insurance to help me.
  3. What about due to knee replacement (3) times on same knee still is messed up and can’t get up and down in a tub due to I can not get up and down . Would that be something they might cover some of . Now I’m dealing with skin problems due to can not bath like I used to . Only me here . I have Medicard and Medicare only I’m Disabity .
  4. I understand you frustrating situation I am very disable need ramps and live in a mobile home wheel chairs won’t maneuver through doorways so I am limited to kitchen living room area I do use a walker but even it is very hard to get in bathroom so I leave it in hallway and pray I don’t fall trying to take a shower on a kitchen chair…
  5. I am wheelchair bound, have no feeling in my feet and legs, and have two destroyed knees that I cannot have replaced because of other health issues no Doctor will operate on me. I also gave a heart condition, diabetes, and cirrosis of my liver. I am 79 years old, have a live-in caretaker paid for by the State, and I have Medicare and Medicaid. No assets and very low income ,(Medicare & Disability), I get help on many levels which I am extremely thankful for every day. The one big thing I can’t solve is my ability to take a wonderful, hot, soaking bath daily. I have been informed Medicare won’t help, sometimes Medicaid will help but very little, and I have no way to make payments, or get a credit card to help me purchase a walk-in tub. I have contacted my social worker and he has no idea how I can get assistance in paying for a walk-in tub. I have all but given up completely, and the only thing that keeps me trying to resolve this problem is I would love to have just one more bath before I die. Looks like that won’t happen tho. Anyone have any suggestions I haven’t already tried?? Thank you. Bless everyone trying to make thier so-called “Golden Years” a little more golden and a little less just years! Take care.
    1. Hi am Deborah your story is mind I wish I can get help to get a tub, I can’t walk I would love to take a bath.I have’n taken abath in 2yrs sends icame from the nurseing home how canwe get help know one in year 2019 in these USA should nottrying to aks for help to take a bath
  6. I am receiving workers comp due to an accident. My left leg was amputated above the knee, I fractured 12 ribs, I have a hang man’s fracture in my neck at C1 so I have a cervical collar, my left hand has fractures the pins and needles were just removed, I also bruised my aorta, and some other minor things. I was given the chair that helps get in the shower but that’s scary. I have a CNA that comes each day for 3 hours. In my master bathroom is a huge garden tub so that is out of the question. I also have a shower that I have to step up to get in which is a problem but the shower has two seats that I can sit down and bath and actually just sit and relax with the water running over me. I would like to have the shower I like to sit in either have it lowered so I don’t risk falling getting in or have it turned into a walk-in tub. I am thankful for the help of my CNA but if I clean or get sweaty I have to go to bed dirty and wait until the next day to bathe. I’m very independent and trying to find a way to fix my situation. I’m 53 an Army Veteran and I have never had to wait on ppl. I have PTSD anxiety depression and a little anger. I’m glad to be alive. Even when I get fitted with my prosthetic leg I still have to take it off to bathe so I’m back at the same issue. Anyone have any ideas I’m willing to listen. Thank you and BLESS All of you.
    1. That’s what I have – a chair, in the bathtub. I’m extremely stubborn and would like to do as you are – maybe finding a shorter chair shouldn’t be that hard, but it won’t be ASA compliant. Could you place some nice wooden ‘planks’ (like a cool stepping stair) to help you manuver over that shower but? My Dad did that when my Mother needed help. She was able to get in and out by herself; but she needed hand rails, so he installed those. That did the trick.
  7. it is a shame that medicare will not cover this i called all over to try to get help on a purchase of a walk-in tub I tried financial assistance program denied they said i made to much money i am retired with disability sis with a couple of pension but live from pay check to paycheck i have had two back surgery the first one did not work to well a year later went to another nero surgen and he was well known and very good so i had a second surgery and ended up with two ten inch rods and screws and pins in my lower back i am unable to crawl in and out of a bath tub and not able to stand for along time i was watching tv and saw these walking tubs i called kohlier,american standard safe step this is ridiculous what they wanted for the tubs and found out no one ounce to help you they just re-rout you to some one else if these people who denied us for some kind of relief from buying or help with some financing I don’t understand why medicare people or more apt to get assistance than people on medicaid I am still paying school taxes and property taxes and property and hurricane wind insurance and a mortgage which is a lot of money plus all the driving back and force to doctors and having to pay to do yard work and other minor thing you use to do and your just asking for a little help that you have payed for by working and paying your taxes that you get treated were not entitle because we work i don’t understand now i am having to get a credit card to buy this tub to get some relive and its all up to me we paid into the system and the system let us down maybe its better to be on medicaid
    1. i have similar problem. medicare will pay for 2 trips a week for a shower. 1 hour . medicaid pays for a visit every day. i have als. this is wrong. wish i had medicaid
  8. I have a 1960’s garden tub? I need something to get in the tub ? It’s a small bathroom and I cannot get my legs over the tub? I need help to find out what to do?
    1. Hi Linda- have you looked for a bath bench? Or even better, a transfer bench? Depending on the height of your tub, you should be able to find a product to help you into the tub. Also- If you have Medicare and your physician makes a referral, you can have a home safety evaluation by a home health agency and they can recommend specific products for your home. I hope that helps! Amie

  9. I don’t want a walk in tub..that do not sell a house …I want to know if Medicare pays to have one of my tubs into a shkwef.
  10. If anyone is interested in a walk in tub. We purchased our tub from theratub[dot]com they were very professional to deal with and the pricing was thousands less than some of the other quotes my husband and I received, no pressure they gave us a quote over the phone. Now we are able to bath safely again with our walk in tub.
  11. If you are a renter good luck getting any help with a safe bathing solution. Our tub is original to the house ( 1943) and its rounded where the sides join the bottom. This makes it very hard to get a safe bench not to wobble. It also has a low window above the side wall so no tub or shower enclosures can be installed even if the landlord is willing which is seldom.The bottom of the tub is so slippery that a bathmat or stick ons wont stay put. Very few people realize that seniors and disabled will give up trying to get a safe and relaxing bath or shower if they dont feel safe…this makes them resort to sponge baths and make do. This leads to skin soreness and break down. Many will just accept these circumstances. To live this way for years is a path to depression and introversion. There has to be a better way…
  12. We have a garden tub. It was not our choice but when we bought this house 20 years ago, we had to take the bad with the good to get the house we wanted. This garden tub has a step 9 inches high then a higher step 10 inches high you climb over to get into the tub (or shower). It can be tricky, and perhaps more so, coming out of the shower when you’re wet and slippery. The VA indicated that they might help us out on account of my husband who has physical problems getting in and out of it more than I do. Trouble was we couldn’t accept a simple tub/shower replacement because of the damage it would do to the rest of the bathroom. The walls, tile, wallpaper and floor would have to be replaced as well or it would be a mess! A quicker solution, we decided, would be to have a safety bar at the back of the tub to help one get in and out, and another on the wall across from the steps. It doesn’t take away the awkward steps in our case, but this is to encourage other seniors to think outside the box (or the tub).

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