Universal Design/Handicap Accessibility..Back to Blog

Universal/accessible design of the home from an occupational therapy and a construction perspective. This blog is part of a quest for cool, convenient, functional design that makes life safer, easier, and as maintenance-free as possible. It's about the lifestyle.

I've been off the blog for way too long.  I've been busy modifying homes but its time to get my blog on.  Where to start?  Let's start with a recap of the last years activities with photos.

Occupational therapy home evaluations and designs for accessibility.
Before, not accessible.
 









After, accessible.

Design and built home additions.
Addition Functional Homes, Inc. designed and built.

Built handicap accessible roll-in showers.












Built wheelchair accessible bathroom vanities.
Before
After

Researched and installed designer grab bars.













 Rented aluminum wheelchair ramps.

 
Built wood, composite, and concrete wheelchair ramps.


















Sold and installed portable showers.

Got my CAPS certification.

Solo-ed in an airplane- thank you Wes from Michiana Aviation.

Raced sailboats on Lake Michigan.

And best of all I got to be a wife, a mom, a daughter, a friend, an occupational therapist, and a colleague to the most wonderful people ever.

Tune-in this year for more universal design and accessibility. The saga continues 2013 will be EPIC!!
 
 
 

































































1 comment:

Gary R Johnson said...

Karen,

Sounds like and looks like you have been busy. The reason I am contacting you is because I to am pursuing the same avenues as you are in regards to servicing the "aging-in-place" and disabled individuals who wish to remain in their home safely and independently. I am a physical therapist licensed in MS and La, and I am CAPS and CEAC certified. I own a company called Home and Bath Solutions in Baton Rouge, La. I perform the home Evals for potential clients as well as provide turn-key home modifications. I am going into my 3rd year of operation and we are steadily growing, so a resource like you can be invaluable. I will be trying to communicate with you on a regular basis for advice and input,IF YOU DO NOT MIND. So, my first question to you is how do you feel about the idea of me opening a retail store that displays examples of home modifications that we both can perform and/or sale to potential clients. I would also like to carry a variety of supplies/items that individuals can benefit from as the age.(Perhaps sections of the store set up in accordance with different needs/items based on diagnosis?) What I have in mind is "an old people depot"
Please give me your thoughts.

Gary R Johnson PT,CAPS,CEAC