Try these three age-friendly bathtub tips that will both protect and soothe us.

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Q: We’re getting older and plan to stay in our home longer than expected. We’re remodeling the bathroom with age-friendly plumbing fixtures and need a little help. What tips can you give to help us choose an aging-in-place massage soaking tub?

A: I know from personal experience that old bones love a gentle soaking tub. Here’s my three gentle bathtub tips.

1, Check out a drop-in-style tub. Drop-in models usually require a custom-built enclosure around the tub. This way you can custom design stairs and seating areas around your tub for easier in/out access.

2, In place of a whirlpool jet system, I recommend a bubble massage system. Soft-rising bubbles are a lot easier on the body.

3, Don’t forget comfort and lumbar support. Look for a tub with rounded edges and body-supporting features. Some soaking tubs even have built-in radiant-heated surfaces.


Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. For more information, visit