Author Archives: Accessibility Design

Wheelchair Ramp “Hide and Seek”

What does a ramp at the front of your house tell everyone about you…is it identifying you as an easy “target” for a crime? When the need for a ramp arises, instead of placing a ramp at the front entrance door to the house, there are two alternate locations for a more concealed ramp placement. [...]

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The Life Care Plan: Projecting Future Needs after Catastrophic Illness or Injury

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Contributed by: Angela Heitzman, MA, CRC, CLCP, MSCC Heitzman Rehabilitation, LLC Jodi was a high school teacher in rural Minnesota at the time of her motor vehicle collision in 2009. While driving down the highway Jodi’s car was broadsided on the passenger side by a semi truck as it crossed the highway. Jodi had to [...]

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Accessible Cabin Design for a Flexible Future

After you retire, have you every thought about selling your home in the city and moving to the “peace and solitude” of your weekend retreat? If so, you may be planning on remodeling or updating your property to provide the “comforts of home” and create a gathering place for all generations of your family to [...]

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Stoney River Wet Rooms

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Contributed by: Accessibility Resource Center, Inc. (ARC) For nearly thirty years, wet room systems have been widely accepted as standard installation practice in Europe, and the Accessibility Resource Center, Inc. (ARC) is now bringing the concept to the US. The most obvious improvement compared to conventional bathroom construction is the barrier-free shower. Having a shower [...]

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Tax Time… What you need to know.

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Tax Deductions for Home Modifications in 2010 If you have spent money during the last year on home modifications or installing special equipment in your home to accommodate a medical condition or disability, you will be pleased to know that you may be able to recoup some, if not all, of the costs.  The Federal [...]

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Featured Product: TenderCare Beds

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“The Tendercare headboard and footboard completely transformed Mom’s metal bed into a nice piece of furniture. She is so happy with the way it looks, and it has really lifted her spirits. It is so important to hang on to your dignity and way of life as long as possible, and this product has certainly afforded my family that opportunity.”

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Home Safety Checklist for the Elderly

These tips were originally created by the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, but they are so good we wanted to repost them.  We suggest printing them out until they become habit. ————————————————————————————————- Philadelphia, Pa. – Home is meant to be a haven of safety and comfort, but for adults 65 and older, hazards in a [...]

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20th Anniversary Of The Americans With Disabilities Act

Today marks the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act that was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H. W. Bush. In realty it’s a civil rights law that prohibits, under certain circumstances, discrimination based on disability. The official ADA has 5 Titles that cover employment, public entities and public [...]

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Gary Owens On Blog Talk Radio

Gary Owens just sent us a link to his conversation about his home health care product the Tender Care Bed. It’s a good interview to learn more about what inspired Gary to create products.  He talks about how important small changes to the environment improve quality of life.  You don’t want to miss this. Taking [...]

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Thinking Bigger: Making an Accessible Home Out of a Small House

Are you a person with a disability living in a small home?  Is maneuvering around your home in a wheelchair more of a challenge than you desire?  Are you finding it hard to get organized and accomplish tasks because things are in the way or out of reach?  Before you give up and move to [...]

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