After three back surgeries, Mary experienced chronic pain.
With neuropathy in both feet forcing her to use a walker, the 73-year-old had trouble finding an accessible bathing solution to accommodate her mobility challenges. She lives alone in her Texas home and was not ready to move. “I love my house, and I want to stay in my house as long as I can,” she says.
“Getting old is not for sissies,” she says, laughing. “There are all types of challenges.”
Mary recently retired from the juvenile justice field, where she designed and implemented youth mentoring programs, including her favorite, Bow Wow Boot Camp. In her retirement, she realized her traditional bathtub was no longer an option, as the rim of the tub was too high for her to step into safely. Even with handicap bars, she says, she was uncomfortable getting in and out, worried that she might slip. Mary liked her walk-in shower but missed sitting and relaxing in the bath.
She wasted no time contacting Kohler about a walk-in bath.
During Mary’s custom quote, her local KOHLER Authorized Dealer walked her through all the features of the bath. She quickly fell in love with the whirlpool and BubbleMassage™ air jets, reminiscent of the water therapy she enjoyed in physical therapy.
“That bath experience is so good for my back and my legs and my feet,” she says. “It’s just awesome.”
Mary chose Kohler because of her past experiences with the brand.
After researching walk-in tubs, she trusted Kohler to deliver quality service, professional installation and features that suit her bathing needs.
Beyond that, Mary was excited about the look of a walk-in tub. Living in a small home built in the 1970s, she initially worried that the bath wouldn’t fit in her bathroom. Those worries quickly dissipated once the installers got to work—and she even had a surprise revelation.
“My bathtub looks beautiful and I absolutely love it,” she says. “In fact, I think it makes my bathroom look larger.”