In with a bang, out with a whimper…

Posted: April 7, 2010 in dreams, mindless-thoughts, Ramblings, shopping, shower, strength
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This the story of my shower from http://premier-bathrooms.com/showers/

The Refresh $14,995

The Inspire $11,995

Yes, that is the prices of these fabulous showers. So, this is probably why they do not give you any kind of estimate over the phone. Most people would probably hang up, and quickly. Now, this does include any unforseeable issues like bad green-board and clean-up etc. But, what if there are no unforeseeable issues? Same price? Guess so. But wait, you can finance. So, let’s pay triple the amount for a shower. Woot woot. Shit no, sorry. It’s a  shower for fuck’s sake and not even gold lined. Now maybe if it came with a hot towel boy…

So, my question, how the hell do people, crippled people and the elderly pay for these ‘high end’ showers. They most likely get ripped off and have to finance. Not many people have this kind of cash to just hand over.

Oh, but wait! If we ordered and signed within that day, 1,000.00 would be taken off. Well holy shit and slap my ass, then let’s do it!! NOT!!

So, needless to say, I was bummed. I cried for a bit, then got pissed at the highway robbery going on here. At 5pm, I took a Xanaflex and went to bed.

Now on to plan B. If that does not work then plan C, D, E etc. Whatever it takes.

We are going to go to Lowe’s and check out the shower enclosures. If we can find one without a seat or built in shelving in the back, we can get one like that. Then I found an awesome fold up teak handicapped shower chair that we can have installed along with some bars to help me in and out of the shower. Then get a new dual shower head with bar for the hand-held shower head that can slide up and down. It will not be as high tech, etc as the Premier Showers, but it will be just as good at a fraction of the cost.

So, my shower story continues. It will happen, just may take a bit longer than I want.

Life is good!

Blessings and Hope!

Comments
  1. Kristi says:

    Holy crap, I had no idea the cost on those! I think I’m gonna start saving now for when we finally get our own house once hubby retires (maybe 4 yrs, unless he stays in longer, knowing him he will).

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  2. Vicki Day says:

    I would want a really hot towel boy to rub me down at that price honey.
    So they quickly knocked off $1000 but if you sign for finance at a million % APR …….. bummer darling.
    I bet you could if you researched online get one of those chairs etc and the shower head you need – I wonder who makes for the company and back track through suppliers and maybe they will sell directly – I’m sure it must be a limited supply chain so easy to track down.
    Can’t we get some reality show do one for nothing honey ?
    I’m racking my brains here to see if we can make this dream come true ……

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  3. Tracy says:

    TY for the link Vicki. They have the half doors there. That is really the main issues too along with a new enclosure and seat!

    Definitely checking this site out! TY again!
    xoxo

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  4. Esther Bloom says:

    OMG, Tracy how the hell and WTF??????? This is awful. Where do you live? I have a grandson in the construction business and I am going to talk to him about these showers. No effing way can anyone afford this!!!! I am appalled. Stay tune I will be in touch with you.

    (((hugs)))

    Esther

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  5. Renee says:

    Ouch Tracy! I know my dad said the same thing when he looked into one for my mother. Instead they decided to just make one that she could just about roll into like a long stall. I did see something on Homes with Holmes on HGTV that used a rubber stopper for the water barrier that can be rolled over with a chair. He redid a house for a woman that was wheel chair bound. It came out really nice.

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  6. Ruby Cantu says:

    It’s a craptastic deal…I need at least one of my bathrooms redone for my own safety but like you it is not within my reach. I think my kids will have to sit me in my wheelchair, roll me out in the backyard and hose me down.

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  7. Frannie1964 says:

    WOW!! I had no Idea It would cost that much. Your right, It should come with a towel boy who will wash your back and dry you when your done. And a flat screen TV so you can watch your fave shows while the towel boy Is drying you off..
    LOL.. 😉

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  8. Marya1961 says:

    Unbelievable!!..highway robbery aint the word..my hub lives in Lowes and he swears by the good old fashioned “do it yourself technique” and if you and Roger decide to do it that way, it will be ten times better than those rip-off artists..will ask hub if he has any ideas. 🙂

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  9. Vikki says:

    I’m so sorry! But I think you will win out in the end. I think going to Lowes sounds like a plan. A good one!!!

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  10. R. G. Maines says:

    Tracy,

    I have an idea… The info I have is PA specific, but I believe there are similar programs in every state.

    There is funding available for persons with disabilities to afford home modifications. It’s not readily publicized, you have to know where to go and how to ask for it.

    Some examples we have here include the Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (http://www.patf.us/) who provides low interest loans specifically for persons with disabilities, the PA Access Grant (http://www.sdhp.org/pa_access_grant_program.htm), the PA Access Loan (I used this to build my accessible ramp and deck – a silent second mortgage of up to $10,000 with no interest or payments due until the first mortgage is paid) – I was made aware of this program through the Self Determination Housing Project of PA (http://www.sdhp.org/) and accessible modifications can be paid for through the Community Development Block Grant (http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/communitydevelopment/programs/).

    I would suggest researching whether any of these types of programs are available in your area. Make contact with your local Independent Living Center, a great source of information and referrals by visiting this website, clicking on your state and locating the office closest to you (http://www.virtualcil.net/cils/).

    I would also suggest making contact with the National MS Society (http://www.nationalmssociety.org/index.aspx) and asking if they can share any resources with you. Often such National Organizations are able to provide resources.

    I was recently told that the Lions Club (http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/index.php) is willing to assist with such things, as a charitable organization they are often able to get supplies and labor donated or at a reduced cost.

    I hope this helps provide some hope.

    (((Hugs))) oxoxox

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  11. R. G. Maines says:

    Oh Tracy,

    I just spent a half hour writing a comment and it disappeared… DRATS!!!

    I’m going to try again.

    I know the information I have is PA specific, but there are similar programs and agencies available in almost every state.

    These are some examples of what’s available for people with disabilities who need accessible home modifications.

    The Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation PATF provide low income loans to pwd who need modifications to allow them to accomplish daily living activities.

    Community Development Block Grants CDBG are available up to $5000 for accessible home modifications.

    PA Access Grant Program offers money to pwd who require accessible home modifications. The grant doesn’t have to be paid back. Access Grant

    PA Access Loan Program offers silent second mortgages with no interest, no payment required until first mortgage is paid or house is sold, for the purpose of accessible home modifications. The maximum loan is $10,000. This is how I got my accessible ramp and deck.

    The Self Determination Housing Project of PA SDHP has information and can provide referrals for programs to assist pwd in obtaining fair housing and accessible housing modifications.

    Your local Independent Living Center Virtual Cils can provide information and referrals as well as a vast resource data base. Click on the link and click your state, then locate the center closest to you, there are cils in every state across the country and Canada as well.

    I would also contact the National MS Society NMSS and ask for information and resources regarding accessible home modifications.

    The International Lions Club ILC can connect you with your local Lions Organization, a charitable organization that has been known to assist pwd with accessibility issues, often able to get labor or supplies at a reduced rate.

    I hope this helps you feel like there is hope for your shower yet.

    These agencies, this funding, isn’t readily promoted, as funds are limited, therefore you have to know where to go and what to ask for. A little research might help you at least defray some of the costs, so your dream shower will be more attainable.

    (((Hugs))) oxoxoxox

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  12. R. G. Maines says:

    Sweetie,

    I tried to comment, but my comment had some resource links in it and wordpress won’t let me post it. I sent it in an email to you. I hope you find them useful.

    Don’t lose hope for your dream shower… it may not be out of reach just yet.

    (((Hugs))) oxoxoxox

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  13. Tracy says:

    TY all so much!!

    I am still in shock, but I know I will get the bathroom of my dreams!!

    xoxo

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