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Will Medicare Pay for a Walk-In Tub?

An elderly woman wearing a robe smiles while stepping through the door of a walk-in tubFor elderly individuals and those with limited mobility, a walk-in tub can make all the difference in terms of safety and accessibility. The innovative nature of these systems makes bathing a more comfortable and independent experience, which can have a direct positive impact on overall quality of life. Although these products are specifically designed for safety, Medicare does not yet approve walk-in tubs as Durable Medical Equipment (DME) and thus will not help pay for the cost in most cases.

That being said, there are ways to have the cost possibly reimbursed by Medicare if the walk-in tub is regarded as a medical necessity. Read on for some things you should know about whether or not Medicare will assist with the payment for your walk-in tub installation, and why this is a quality investment even if you have to pay for it yourself.

Getting a Prescription

Having a doctor’s prescription for a walk-in tub is essential to applying for Medicare reimbursement. A Doctor’s letter of support that states the specifics of your condition and lays out why a walk-in tub is medically necessary is also helpful in the Medicare Claims process, as it conveys the important of this feature as something more than just a convenience (one of the only reasons it isn’t recognized as DME in the first place). In general, you’ll also have an easier time getting the cost of your walk-in tub reimbursed if you have a Medicare Advantage plan rather than original Medicare.

Purchasing Your Walk-In Tub

Even if you are reimbursed for the cost of your walk-in tub, you’ll still need to purchase it and have it installed first. The good news is that there are typically plenty of additional financing options available, either through external grants and specific programs or directly through the bathroom remodeling contractor you partner with.

Should You Still Invest in a Walk-In Tub?

If the process of applying for financing or reimbursement through Medicare is making you wonder if a walk-in tub is even worth it, the short answer is: absolutely! While these tubs are designed with your safety in mind, that doesn’t mean they make bathing feel clinical or like a chore. In fact, many walk-in tubs, such as those by KOHLER, feature luxurious elements like hydrotherapy jets, heated surfaces, accessible control panels, and more. These spa-like features make your bathroom feel more like a luxurious oasis, and that’s something every homeowner deserves.

The Walk-In Tub Company to Trust

Don’t settle for a tub that has you putting your safety at risk any longer than you need to when you can choose a solution from Home Smart Industries. As a Kohler-certified bathroom remodeling contractor, we can install a new KOHLER Walk-In Bath at your home that’s equipped with features like:

  • An extra-wide, leakproof door
  • An easy-to-grip handrail along the bath front and grab bars located throughout the tub
  • An ultra-low step entrance
  • Adjustable hydrotherapy jets
  • Heated back, neck, and shoulder surfaces
  • BubbleMassage™ exclusive technology for three speed settings of enveloping bubbles
  • An accessible control panel
  • A handheld shower sprayer wand
  • An easy-to-grab door latch

What’s more, we can install your premium new KOHLER Walk-In Bath in as little as one day so that you can enjoy fewer interruptions to your routine and start enjoying your gorgeous new tub sooner. Contact Home Smart Industries today to learn more about our walk-in tub installations, and be sure to ask about our convenient financing options for qualified homeowners.

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Schedule a consultation with our expert Design Consultants to explain what is in your bathroom and how we can improve your bathtub or shower experience. You design your dream bathroom and we give you a down to the penny price. No surprise costs and we honor that price for 1 year GUARANTEED!


We complete 90% of installations in1-2 days with a focus on respect for homes and homeowners. Home Smart’s Kohler Certified Installers will professionally install your bath or shower and with our 100+ year of combined remodeling experience, your Kohler installation will offer you -and your home- the value, style and safety you deserve.


Relax and enjoy your new bath or shower with the peace of mind that the work and products are covered by both the Kohler Warranty and the Home Smart Exclusive Labor Guarantee. All products are made in the US so be confident your new bathroom will provide you a safe space to age-independent in your home.

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Why Home Smart?
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Since our founding in 2001, Home Smart Industries has served homeowners throughout Pennsylvania,  Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia helping them upgrade their bathrooms to better suit their needs. Our customers appreciate that, as a certified Kohler dealer, we’re backed by the industry’s leading manufacturer. And, since we focus exclusively on remodeling the “wet area” of the bathroom, meaning tubs and showers, we have more specialized knowledge than companies that provide many other services in addition to remodeling baths. This expertise translates into better design advice and a more precise installation for you.

By always putting our customers first, Home Smart has received numerous forms of recognition within the industry, such as Remodeling Magazine’s Big50 Award and an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. But above all else, we take pride in knowing the difference we’ve made in the lives of the homeowners we serve.

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We would like to advise that Roy and Mike were superb in the installation on our walk-in tub. They work together as a team and kept up informed and when the job was completed it was like they had never been here - everything was cleaner and the tub looks great. They were excellent and we would recommend them. Roy went over the instructions and demonstrated the operations before leaving the premises.

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