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Home Livability Evaluation

Based on AARP Home Fit Guide (2008) in order to evaluate your home’s livability, ask yourself 
 
the questions that follow and decide if your home meets your current and future livability 
 
requirements. Your answers will let you know if you need to make changes or if you should 
 
search for a more suitable home. 
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Home Modification for Balance and Coordination Problems

One of our client mother suffered from loss of balance and coordination. She is very unstable 
 
when standing or walking, and thus at risk of falling. Most of the time she will shuffle with the to 
 
prevent o the risk of falling. She have difficulty raising or lowering herself from chairs, beds, and 
 
toilet.
 
Issues of balance and coordination is difficult for a person to walk without any assistance. Beds 
 
may be too high, chairs and toilet seats too low for her to stand up and sit down easily. There is 
 
also a great risk of tripping on carpeting, stairs, or thresholds. Please read more for our suggested modifications.
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Making Your Bathroom More Accessible For The New Year

·         Bathroom should be located near a bedroom.

·         Bathroom doors should be at least 32 inches wide with no obstruction.

·         Bathrooms with clear floor space, at least 5 feet by 5 feet, can be easier for persons in wheelchairs to use.

·         Grab bars should be considered a MUST a safety feature in the bathroom.

·         Handles on faucets should have lever style knobs for easier use.

·         A shower stall should have a built-in or folding seat for bathing/showering comfort.

·         Hand-held shower heads with track are easy to use for either a standing or seated person.

·         Bathroom must have a nonslip surfaces with traction in the bathroom to prevent falls.

·         Sinks and vanities that are open underneath to allow seated persons to use them easily.

·         Anti-scald devices must be installed to prevents burns.

 
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Most of our clients that convert their conventional shower stall to a curbless or walk-in shower 
 
always ask “ how to control water from running thru the whole bathroom if the shower stall has no 
 
curb or water dams.
 
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Important Details About Grab Bar Installation

For many, grab bar installation is seen as an easy do it yourself project. But be aware that improper installation often creates problems than the grab bar’s intended solution. Remember that an ADA standard grab barmust be able to support up to 250 lbs. without ailing. Many can handle much more weight, but a secure installation is an important part of assuring proper weight bearing support. Be sure to do your research first before installing one by yourself or hire an experience aging in place specialist.

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$50 Off an installation for a pair of grab bars in your bathroom in Southern California, Los Angeles area. Call Active Homes Toll Free At: (855) 924-7663

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Common Grab Bar Configurations

There are a lot of grab bar configurations depending on your bathroom needs. Straight grab bars can be wall mounted in vertical, horizontal or in diagonal configurations. L-type bars also know as “push and pull bars” have both horizontal and vertical configuration. Floor to wall and floor to ceiling grab bars are options when walls are not available. Swing-bars and Flip-up bars can save space flipping the bar down when needed and flipping it up when not in use. All these grab bars are available in many stock lengths and can be custom made to suit specific your dimensions and needs.

 
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Curbless Bathroom : Pocket Door

Many wheelchair users consider sliding “pocket” doors easier to operate than swinging doors. The pocket door’s primary advantage is that it slides sideways into the adjacent wall. Because the door doesn’t swing, there are no arc to clear during the operation. When stored, pocket doors don’t take up floor or wall space.

Pocket doors, however don’t fit every location without sufficient wall length. The “pocket” also eliminates available wall space for electric switches, outlets, air ducts and other functions. Pocket walls needs to thicker than most interior partitions and you must select your “pull” hardware. Recessed edge hardware is the best in saving more space but can be more difficult for those with low hand functions to grab.

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Should I go to a Curb-less shower or a One-piece Walk-in tub?

Many of are clients in Los Angeles are asking what will be the most cost-effective way to modify their bathroom for aging in place. The most common options are to install a one piece Walk-in tub or to built a curb-less /roll-in shower. These are the advantages and disadvantages of both options. Continue reading for the advantages and disadvantages of both and let us know which you prefer.

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What's the difference in Transfer Showers versus Roll-in Showers?

More details after the jump. 

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Los Angeles Certified Aging in Place Specialist

In my experience, many seniors don’t know what a certified aging in place specialist is. Frequently they just call there local handyman to do  home modifications for them not knowing that they are not trained and certified to assess and to to the job. Or perhaps there are other solutions specialists can suggest that are possible that will make your life at home easier and greatly reduce any accident risks. Read more to see how much of a difference a local specialist can make.

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Nursing Home Remodeling & Renovation In Los Angeles

Nursing home serves patients requiring preventative, therapeutic and rehabilitative care services. These patients are in long-term recovery from acute illnesses and no longer require hospitalization. According to National Institute of Building Science Nursing home remodeling and renovation requires accessibility, security and aesthetics  in it overall project planning.

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Los Angeles Barrier Free Roll-In Shower Universal Design And Construction

Bathroom projects are one of our most requested jobs because we use them everyday and so often. Upgrading the bathroom will save us time, frustration and decrease chances of any accidents involving our loved ones. Read more about how a barrier free roll-in shower can help after the jump.

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ACHIEVING ACCESSIBILITY FOR HEARING AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED

I met with a potential client in their home in Hollywood Hills, an area still considered Los Angeles in Southern California. The main reason their family chose us was that we were specifically licensed and certified in Elderly and ADA (American Disabilities Act) home upgrades and remodeling. I shared with them my experiences with my other clients who had recently had to rearrange their home because of a new disability and what they did to make their lives easier.

It is often possible to adapt or modify current and existing housing using various home modification techniques and technologies. With the main goals being, to keep a safe environment and promote independence and self care.

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5 Simple ways to make bathrooms more Senior Friendly

Base on Paula Spencer Scott, “ More Surprising way to make a bathroom safer”

Bathrooms are the most used space inside the house and it is also the most dangerous one. The top causes of accidents are slippery floors, shower thresholds and falls

Find out by clicking ahead, five simple safety steps to make your bathroom more Senior- friendly.

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