Accessing All Areas of the Home

Stairlifts & Railings

“Our need for household modifications was urgent after my husband's hospitalization. All of the materials you installed were of top quality. We could not have imagined it could be done so quickly. The fun of 'driving' the stair lift gave my husband's spirits a lift after a very hard time. Thank you.” –  Gail

When your loved one can’t get up and down stairs, they are cut off from entire areas of their home. Our Certified Aging-In-Place specialists take physical abilities, limitations, and known medical conditions into account when making stairway recommendations.

 

During your consultation, we’ll provide you with possible solutions to meet the current and progressing health needs of your loved one. We’ll also help you understand how adding a second railing to the stairway or installing a stair lift can increase mobility and confidence, keep them safe, and make areas of the home accessible again.

 

Our Certified Aging-In-Place specialists will discuss the following with you: 

 

  • Medical Conditions – Current circumstances and disease progression

  • Mobility – Walking with a device or use of a wheelchair

  • Railings – Re-enforce or add second railing of proper height and length

  • Usage – Plan how to get on and off a stair lift, adding grips if needed

  • Configuration – Landings and staircase considerations

  • Options – Straight or curved stair lifts that best meet specific needs

Stairlifts

Stair Railings

Ramps

“My dad needed a longer ramp with a low incline so that he could wheel himself up and down without risk. Live in Place had it installed within two days.” – Erin 

Creating ease and safety with the use of ramps enhances the quality of life for you loved ones. Safety, Independence and renewed confidence can be achieved.

 

When deciding on whether or not to install a ramp, our Certified Aging-In-Place specialists will discuss the following:

  • Step heights

  • Balance

  • Walking or wheelchair only

  • Weight of person

  • Caregiver strength

  • Length of ramp coverage

  • Entering and exiting ramp safely

  • Modular and portable types

These factors will influence how steep the ramp should be, whether or not railings are needed, etc. We take all these considerations into account in forming our recommendations, and provide you with clear explanations. 

 

Modular ramp considerations

 

Modular ramps can help your loved one enter and exit the home with a cane, walker, or rollator and are excellent for independent walking. They have a gradual incline, railings and traction surfaces, which dramatically increase safety.

 

A modular ramp also provides wheelchair-ready use if your loved one’s conditions suddenly change. These ramps can be assembled and installed in one day and may be located in a garage, carport, front entrance, or rear entrance to the home.

 

Portable ramp considerations

 

Portable ramps have no railings and are for wheelchair use only. These ramps are not safe for walking for anyone with a balance deficit, body weakness, or using a walking device.

 

Portable ramps are lightweight to lift. They are often used for doors with just 1-2 steps in places where there is an uneven surface or path obstruction. Step heights must be carefully considered, along with all the other factors mentioned above. 

 

Bathrooms

We looked at my bathroom layout, and I was shown choices for making my bathroom safe and comfortable. I now feel safe in my bathroom again.” – Doris

Bathrooms are often the most challenging room of your loved one’s home. Slips and falls in this room often result in injury. USe of mobility devices such as canes, walkers and/ or wheelchairs pose safety risks. Showers and tubs can pose extreme safety risks. Our Certified Aging-in-place specialists give careful consideration to physical and neurological conditions before making recommendations. Usually simple, affordable options are enough and no full-scale remodel is needed. The type of modifications needed are often associated with the loved one’s mobility level.

Mobility Level 1: Walking With a Device or Walking With Assistance

 

  • Grab bars and grips to get into the bathroom

  • Modifications for getting on and off the toilet without incident

  • Grab bars in the shower of tub

  • Shower chairs

  • Transfer tub benches

  • Long-handled showers

  • Tub lifts

 

Mobility Level 2: Wheelchair 

 

  • Widening doorways

  • Use of a transport chair or rolling shower chair

  • Properly placed grab bars for standing and pivoting to toilet and shower

  • Additional toilet and shower assists

  • Consideration of a roll in shower design

 

Entrances

“I like to use my garage entrance, but I have fallen there. Now that we made modifications, I am safe going in and out. I also learned to use my body correctly to avoid falling.” – Kay

We modify entrances to allow your loved one to enter and exit the family home with a real sense of independence and confidence. 

Prior to making entrance recommendations, our Certified-Aging-in-place specialist will discuss the physical and neurological needs of your loved one, and take disease progression into account, so that your entrance modifications meet your needs now and in the future. 

Entrance modifications may include:

 

  • Ramps

  • Railings

  • Modifying step heights

  • Grips to allow safe passage across thresholds

  • Enhancements that consider progressive changes

  • A combination of these to meet the specific abilities and body mechanics of your loved one

 

Remodeling

A significant remodel of your home requires a thorough consideration of many factors well before making any modifications. Many families discover this when it’s too late!

Remodeling designs need to address:

 

  • Current and future needs

  • Physical limitations and client abilities

  • Mobility levels – from both a functional and therapeutic standpoint

  • Future potential changes in physical and mental condition

  • Current and future disease progression and therapeutic diagnosis

  • Unique aspects of your home layout

  • Attention to functionality and aesthetics

 

2503D North Harrison Street #1139
Arlington, VA 22207

Phone: (703) 433-0380
FAX: (703) 738-1798

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