If you are a senior citizen, or if you live with a senior citizen, you may be interested in having a walk in bathtub installed in your home bathroom. Walk-in bathtubs make bathing easier and safer for those with limited mobility. If you think you may want a walk in tub at home, you may also be wondering if Medicare will cover the cost of one. Read on to learn more.

What is a Walk in Tub?

A walk in tub allows the user to get in and out of the bathtub without having to pull his or her legs over the threshold. Additionally, walk in bathtubs include built-in seating and safety features, such as grab bars and textured bottoms to prevent falls. Some models also include whirlpool jets and air jets that enhance the bathing experience. To use a walk in tub, the user sits down and closes the door before filling the bathtub. After use, the bathtub is drained before the door is opened again.

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EZWT-2651 51″L x 26″W x 38″H Ariel Dual Series Walk in Tub Left Side Drain

What is Medicare?

Medicare is the social insurance program in the United States (founded in 166) that pays the medical expenses of many senior citizens and disabled people in the country.

Why Doesn’t Medicare Pay Back or Reimburse Me for Walk in Tubs?

Walk in bathtubs are not considered “durable medical equipment” under Medicare, and therefore, Medicare will not cover the cost and installation of a walk in bathtub.

There are cases in which some people are able to secure a reimbursement for a walk in bathtub, but Medicare will not guarantee this reimbursement. You can try to submit a claim, but keep in mind that you may not get the reimbursement, and you will be responsible for the cost and installation of your walk in bathtub. In order to obtain a reimbursement, the bathtub must be considered an “absolute medical necessity,” which requires a prescription for the bathtub from a medical professional.

Where to Buy Walk in Tubs

Steam Showers Inc carries a selection of walk in bathtubs from different brands, including Ariel Bath and Ella’s Bubbles. Walk in bathtubs come in both right-hand and left-hand configurations. You can browse the units available on the website here.

You have the option of choosing a unit that includes air jets, whirlpool jets or both for hydromassage.

The Pros of a Owning a Walk in Tub

Owning a walk in bathtub can help reduce the number and occurrence of injuries that occur in home bathrooms. Many senior citizens feel empowered with a walk in bathtub because they can use the bathtub independently without fear of falling while clearing the threshold. There are also walk in bathtub models that are designed for users in wheelchairs.

Limited mobility shouldn’t be a reason to give up taking relaxing baths; you also shouldn’t have to live in fear of falling in the bathroom or live with the inconvenience of having to ask someone to assist you in entering the bathtub.

If you decide to file a claim for a walk in bathtub with Medicare, we wish you the best of luck with your claim. If you have further questions about walk in tubs, feel free to contact Steam Showers Inc at 800-304-3598.

It’s heating up in Southern California. Stay cool, everyone!

Ways to stay cool:

-Wear loose-fitting clothing

-Take a cool whirlpool bath

-Drink lots of iced water and stay hydrated

-Take a cool shower

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In our busy lives, it can be hard to find time to clean every room of the home. The good news is you don’t have to work yourself to the bone to keep the bathrooms in your house clean. Work smarter and not harder to cut down on the amount of time you spend cleaning the bathrooms. After all, no one has the time to spend all day scrubbing the bathtub or the shower!

Keep things looking shiny and keep the cleanliness maintained with the cleaning tips in this article. (You can also review our past blog post Cleaning the Bathroom with Citric Acid.)

Reasons to Use DIY Bathroom Cleaners

If you find synthetic cleaners to be irritating, you can use natural cleaners in your home bathroom. Many people find that non-natural cleaning products cause allergic reactions and are irritating to eyes and skin. Additionally, strong chemicals pose a safety issue, especially when there are children and infants in the home.

You can either make your own natural cleaners at home with DIY and homemade recipes, or you can purchase natural cleaning products from brands like Branch Basics, Green Works and J.R. Watkins.

In addition to being less irritating than toxic chemicals, DIY cleaning products are sometimes more affordable than the options in the store. Try out a few options and see which one your household prefers. Then you can get started on cleaning your bathroom!

Shower

-Squeegee the shower door after each use to avoid water spots and build-up on the glass door. This may seem like a pain, but if you do it at least once a day, then you can avoid the build-up of hard to remove calcium and soap scum. Therefore, you won’t have to scrub it off as much later.

-Use a DIY grout cleaner for the tile in your shower like this one from Practically Functional in the photo below. Following the instructions, you’ll make a paste out of baking soda and bleach and soak the grout in the paste before scrubbing it. Your shower tile will look new!

How To Clean Grout With A Homemade Grout Cleaner - The simple recipe is just baking soda and bleach!

Photo Credit: http://www.practicallyfunctional.com/make-your-own-grout-cleaner/

-A simple and easy way to clean your shower is to use lemons. Just grab a lemon from the kitchen, cut it in half and cover it in kosher salt. Rub the glass in the shower with the lemon and then scrub. Continue covering the lemon in salt as you go. The citric acid in the lemon helps break down build-up on the shower.

-If your shower head is clogged, soak the shower head in a Ziploc filled with distilled white vinegar. Make sure the shower head is submerged in the vinegar and secure the bag with rubber bands. Let the shower head soak overnight and remove the bag in the morning.

Steam Shower

A steam shower unit should be cleaned one to two times a month (or every 20 to 30 hours of use). (Check the instructions in the installation manual that came with your particular unit to ensure that no harm comes to the shower and that all safety precautions are followed.) For steam showers with a cleaning cup, turn off the power to the unit before beginning and make sure all the functions are turned off.

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Ariel WS-902A Steam Shower

Dissolve citric acid in water before pouring it into the cleaning cup. (Never place solid cleaning solutions in the cleaning cup of the shower.) Citric acid is a sour salt and mild acid that has antibacterial properties; it can be purchased at most organic food stores. The same ingredient is used in many candies. Turn on the steam to the unit for at least five minutes or as long as ten minutes. Turn off the steam and allow the shower to automatically drain. Drain the shower a second time for a minimum of five minutes. Refer to our blog post Cleaning a Steam Shower for more information.

Toilet

Spend less time scrubbing the toilet by soaking it with some effective toilet bowl cleaners. Here are two toilet bowl cleaners you can try:

-Pour Coca Cola in the toilet bowl until it covers the stains. The phosphoric acid in the soda will break down the stains. Let it soak for a few hours, then scrub the stains with a toilet brush and flush.

-Pour baking soda and vinegar into the toilet and wait at least 15 minutes before flushing. The stains should disappear.

Whirlpool Bathtub

Whirlpool bathtubs create a luxurious experience in home bathrooms. However, if you don’t clean out the jets regularly, dirt and mold can build up inside the jets of the bathtub unit. The jets need to be cleaned at least every 30 days to keep them sanitary.

Before starting, check the manual for your specific whirlpool bathtub model to make sure you use the correct cleaning procedure and cleaning materials particular to that unit.

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Ariel BT-150150 Whirlpool Bathtub

First, fill the bathtub with water until the jets are covered by at least two inches of water. Run the jets for 15 minutes. Add one half cup of bleach and run them again. Drain the unit, rinse and repeat this process with just a few drops of a dish soap that doesn’t produce too many bubbles. Now, run the jets one more time with cool water and continue the process until no more dirt appears in the water.

Lastly, rinse and wipe down the unit. Rinse and wipe it down after each use to prevent buildup of dirt and bacteria.

Faucets

Bathroom faucets can get dirty quickly. Also, water spots can appear on the faucet over time. To fight water stains, soak paper towels in vinegar and then cover the faucet with the paper towels overnight. In the morning, scrub the faucet with warm water and soap.

Tile

Dirty and discolored tile will make your bathroom look old and outdated. Take some time to clean your grout and the original color of the grout will look new and beautiful.

Try the homemade grout cleaner from Practically Functional. This cleaner is made from bleach and baking soda combined into a paste. (Always be careful with bleach – it can discolor your clothing or other items. Also, wear gloves and open a window to allow air ventilation.) Cover the grout in the paste and allow it to soak for at least five to ten minutes. Scrub the grout clean and allow it to soak once more. Rinse the grout and it should now look new.

Mirrors

Mirrors can be tricky. They get dirty quickly while you’re doing your day-to-day routine, including brushing your teeth and washing your face as water splashes on the surface. You can’t avoid having someone notice your dirty bathroom mirror, so use the tips below to clean it.

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Ariel by Seacliff Bayhill 42″ Single-Sink Bathroom Vanity Set

According to Clean My Space, the best way to clean a mirror is with a glass cleaner, lint free cloth, cotton pads and rubbing alcohol. Dip the cotton pad in rubbing alcohol and use the cotton pad to spot clean stains and gunk on the mirror. Mist the entire mirror with the glass cleaner and wipe it off with the cloth. Check the mirror from a 45 degree angle, which will allow you to see stains from different angles. Spot clean the mirror once again with the cloth and glass cleaner.

You can make a glass cleaner with one part vinegar and one part water according to Wellness Mama.

We hope this post helps you tackle those tricky areas in your bathroom that are taking up your precious cleaning time. In any household, time management is important. If you have any questions about how to clean your steam shower, whirlpool bathtub, glass shower enclosure, or more, please give us a call at 800-304-3598.