Accessibility Leader in Indiana

Every situation is an individual one. And as we all know, everyone has a different idea. From Mrs. Galloway with her custom bathroom - Shower equipped with custom tile walls, floor and bench, heated floors, and a tub faucet low to the ground to be able to wash her feet before bed. To Mr. Noland, who has had every doorway widened and a roll in gel coat fiberglass shower installed because he has to change his way of life to adapt to using a wheelchair in his senior years. We work with each customer to determine their needs and how modifications will help improve their way of life.

The Bathroom is often where we start during accessibility renovations, as it’s the most dangerous area in a home. But accessibility does not stop there, from kitchens to ramps, we help provide safe solutions for homeowners as well as help seniors age in place.


Bathroom is one of the most dangerous places in a home

Ultimate goal in accessible design is to make the bathroom space safe for everyone who uses the bathroom. Wet floors, small spaces to maneuver, and bending/lifting required in accessing the tub, shower or toilet create dangerous situations in your home. More than 2/3 of emergency room visits (of baby boomers/elderly) are due to bathroom falls, with most occurring near the toilet. And the tub and shower are the most hazardous for children and grandchildren. Considering these dangers when remodeling your bathroom will go a long way to preventing accidents.

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Key Points to Consider When Determining Bathroom Design and Functionality

What bathroom activities require a user to need assistance from others/products? Are there medical supplies necessary and where do they need to be placed? Is a tub or shower preferred? What activities does a client do, where grab bars should be placed? Will user’s condition deteriorate over time and what will the client’s needs be in the future?

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Common Questions about Accessible Bathroom Renovations

Will the products stand the test of time?

“I don’t want to have to replace my bathroom in 10 years.” All too often, people’s showers leak, or a contractor will install the product incorrectly because sub-standard products and non-licensed plumbers/trades are used. Tile floors are not installed on the correct substrate. We’ve even been into homes where rot and mold must be remediated before install of new products. This can’t be seen when conducting the initial inspection.

 

What type of products do we install?

We only use quality materials in our installs, including Best Bath Systems who offer a 30 year warranty on shower systems. We have tried and tested hundreds of products so our consumers get the best knowledge based on our years of experience. We work with each customer ensure the project is completed to their satisfaction and most importantly, correct. If we see something during the install process that raises concern, we will educate them on the correct way to fix it. Communication is of utmost importance.

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How does the process work?

We conduct a full assessment of the space. Depending on the scope off the project, we will take a look at all the access points to the bathroom. Before the bathroom modification can take place, we must make sure that the client can get there safely.

We don’t have to do everything all at once. Many clients are under the misconception that we need to change out the whole bathroom for it to be accessible, when it really could be as simple as widening a doorway, installing a shower or just adding a couple of grab bars. Whatever works for the client is what we want to do.

We are here to help you through the process. There are many products on the market that are ‘equivalent’ to the products we use, but some people don’t work to the same standards. We work with many specialists in this subject, to ensure longevity and make the project a good investment.

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5 Key Components of an Accessible Bathroom Design

1) Shower and Tub

2) Sink and Vanity

3) Toilet

4) Lighting

5) General access and safety

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Accessibility Leadership

Rob Cooper, Director of Business Development

In 2013, Rob moved to the U.S. after marrying wife, Sarah. After volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, he began to work for White Oak Construction in a sales and project management role. Rob was offered the position of Director of Business Development nine months later due to his ability to grow White Oak Construction's presence in the accessibility and home modification marketplace. In the last 18 months, White Oak Construction has become one of the largest installers of Medicaid, Vocational Rehabilitation and Aging in Place projects in the Midwest. He was awarded the CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) qualification and CGP (Certified Green Professional) qualification in 2014. Rob's continual involvement with all aspects of the construction process, from initial site consultations and estimating, to purchasing and project management, helps him to continually grow his knowledge base. He will be a speaker at KBIS 2016, as one of the 'Voices from the Industry' and won the prestigious 30 under 30 award.

30 Under 30
Click here to read about Rob's 30 under 30 award.

 

Rob would like to see the current trend continue with regards to Aging in Place home modifications, and expand into surrounding states throughout 2016. Working with the country’s leading manufacturers and installers, Rob and White Oak Construction continue to innovate and expand in this continually growing market.

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Partnerships and Resources

CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions

CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions is a not-for-profit agency and one of 700 Area Agencies on Aging nationwide. Established in 1973 by an amendment to the 1965 Older Americans Act and incorporated in 1974, CICOA is not a government agency, but oversees state and federal funds and private donations to provide information, advocacy and support services for older adults, people with disabilities, and family caregivers.

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Easter Seals Crossroads

Easter Seals Crossroads has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for over 75 years. Whether helping someone improve physical mobility, return to work or simply gain greater independence for everyday living, Easter Seals Crossroads offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals. We provide top-quality, family-focused and innovative services tailored to meet the specific needs of the individuals we serve.

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Therapeutic Mobility Services

Therapeutic Mobility Services, Inc. is a community-based occupational therapist owned private practice founded in 2003.Access to home and community to meet personal, work, and family responsibilities is essential to quality of life. Therapeutic Mobility Services, Inc. has extensive experience in evaluation and training for individualized mobility solutions, technology interface options and aging-in-place strategies.

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DME Elevators and Lifts

DME Elevators & Lifts has 35 years of experience in residential elevators, commercial LULA elevators, wheelchair lifts, dumbwaiters and stairlifts. With each customer we strive for Excellence in Elevation, combining the most advanced elevators and lifts with unmatched design and installation capabilities, deep knowledge of local construction codes and top quality service.

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Freedom Ramp Systems

Freedom Ramp Systems modular ADA Access Systems are rugged, durable and affordable. Designed to be easily configured, and installed, these ramps and railings can be set up to accommodate your needs and your site in a fraction of the time of other ramp and railing products. Freedom Ramp ADA Access Systems usually do not require footings and do not attach to the structure, which can eliminate the permit process and allow for easy removal when they are no longer needed. This will save you time and money, as well as adding value by providing the ability to resell or repurpose your system.

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National Multiple Sclerosis Society

National MS Society helps each person address the challenges of living with MS through our 50-state network of chapters. The Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.

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CAPS

The Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation program teaches the technical, business management, and customer service skills essential to competing in the fastest growing segment of the residential remodeling industry: home modifications for the aging-in-place.

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CHOICE

The Community and Home Options to Institutional Care for the Elderly and Disabled (CHOICE) provides case management services, assessment, and in-home and community services to individuals who are at least 60 years of age or persons of any age who have a disability due to a mental or physical impairment and who are found to be at risk of losing their independence.

CHOICE funds may only be utilized after an applicant has been determined and documented ineligible for Medicaid or if currently eligible for Medicaid, after a determination that the requested service(s) is not available from Medicaid.

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SAFE AT HOME

Safe at Home supports clients in their efforts to gain optimum independence, maintain dignity, and continue living purposeful lives. The staff provides support, resources, and education to families experiencing changing roles, challenges, and joys that accompany aging.

Caregivers are supervised by advocates who serve as their eyes and ears. Caring for clients and offering support to family members are the highest priorities. Locally owned and operated and available 24 hours every day. Safe at Home is dedicated to exceeding expectations by providing premium care and unrivaled service.

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REAL Services

REAL Services has the responsibility of planning, developing, implementing and administering a network of services that are of high standards, are known, available and used by older adults and low income households in north central Indiana (Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaPorte, Marshall and St. Joseph Counties). The ultimate objective of REAL Services is to assist in establishing a community in which those we serve can maintain their independence to the maximum degree possible and find meaning and satisfaction throughout their lives.

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