Premier Care in Bathing
Avoiding falls in the bathroom is a concern for everyone, especially as we grow older. Traditional tubs and showers are designed for the average person and aren’t ideal for people with mobility and balance issues. To allow seniors to safely live at home and retain their personal privacy longer, many companies offer adaptive tubs and showers that eliminate the need to step over shower thresholds or climb over tub sides to bathe.
Premier Care in Bathing manufactures, sells, and installs walk-in bathtubs, easy-access showers, and other adaptive bathing equipment for home use. The company, founded in 1985, has its headquarters in South Daytona, Florida, and has its factory in Lexington, North Carolina. Premier Care showrooms are located in South Daytona, San Diego, and Indianapolis in the US. Canadian showrooms are located in Surrey, British Columbia, and Mississauga, Ontario.
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Premier Care offers 5 types of walk-in tubs, 3 styles of easy-access showers, and an array of accessible bathroom sinks, wall-mounted support rails and grab bars, and easy to clean composite bead board for bathroom walls. Among the tub options are:
- Tub/shower combination models that can replace a traditional soaking tub
- Powered bathtubs for those who cannot use a traditional or walk-in tub, featuring a mechanized chair lift or an automated tub seat that raises and lowers for entry and exit
- Compact and oversized walk-in tubs
- The Blue Spring series of tubs outfitted with spa features such as heated and reclined seats, roomier soaking areas, air-jet massage, and other perks.
Shoppers who live in or near Premier Care showrooms can see the company’s products firsthand before they make a decision. Premier Care’s products have earned the Arthritis Foundation’s Ease of Use commendation. The company offers a discount program for military veterans.
The Better Business Bureau, which gives the company an overall rating of B+ as of July 2015, reports that the company and the state of Minnesota entered a Consent Cease and Desist Order in 2013 to settle allegations of unlicensed plumbing installation by the company or its employees. Customers may wish to confirm that installers are properly licensed before making a purchase.
The watertight door seals on Premier Care tubs carry a lifetime warranty against leaks. The bath frame and shell construction carry a 10-year warranty. Shower trays and walls also carry a 10-year warranty. Other items—mechanical parts, accessories, fixtures, and shower doors—are warrantied for one year for parts and labor.
Prices are not listed on the Premier Care website. The company writes a bid for each project based on the customer’s needs, design consideration, and installation costs. In general, walk-in tubs themselves cost between $2,000 and $10,000, depending on the size and features included. Installation and a larger water heater, if needed, can add several thousand dollars to the cost of the project.
Premier Care offers financing plans for purchases through partner banks. Premier Care’s offer of monthly payments as low as $150 is for customers with credit approval who pay 1/3 of the total down and pay installments for up to 120 months at a 9.9% annual percentage rate.
Seniors with mobility and safety concerns who want to remain in their home as long as possible; seniors and families who feel comfortable arranging and overseeing a bathroom renovation project.