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Welcome to Let's Talk About It.  In this special section we will feature the question/topic of the month and provide an opportunity for an interactive exchange that will help find some answers and possible solutions to concerns. If you wish to participate, just follow the link provided at the end of the question/topic and add your comments and thoughts.

Question/Topic for November 2009

Have you conducted any home modifications on your loved ones home and if so, what have you done?

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Name: Anita Danger
Location: Bergen County, New Jersey
Date: 11/09/2009
Time: 08:45 PM


I just added a stair lift to extend my parents stay in their home. I was quite nervous about this because their home has narrow stairs and I wasn't sure anything would fit. But a store in Milburn had some friendly folks who put up with me for 3 visits. The last visit, I was nervous because I came in with a tape measure and measured the width of their lift. It looked like it would find and they talked me through the rest of the process. In the end, it was so easy and I'm sure it will extend my parents in their home much longer than they would have been able to stay otherwise. They love that house. The place I found is - and their prices were very reasonable.

Name: Pat
Location: Erie PA
Date: 11/11/2009
Time: 10:31 AM


I had our home remodeled by adding an accessible bathroom and widening doors and adding wood floors. I consulted a Universal Design Consultant and did a lot of research on my own. The lesson I learned is there is no perfect plan. The shower is awesome but having wooden floors in the main part of the home,while easy to roll,other issues are a problem. They scratch with various equipment in use. Chair transfers are more difficult due to things slipping. Dining room table moves as the wheelchair gets pushed in. I have tried so many products and it is a problem. Each situation is unique. One thing I did do and came up with on my own was pocket doors to bedroom and bathroom. I love them. The floors are my biggest area of distress. The mfg. says we don't guarantee against scratches (I'm not sure what the 25 yr. guarantee is for but not scratches! In antiques scratches add beauty...not when the floor is 1 year old. But in the scheme of life it is minor (or so I keep telling myself, ha ha). I believe having the plans reviewed by a Universal Design Consultant is worth the fee. Good luck to all attempting a project of this magnitude while being a caregiver. Can you spell ADAPT, I hope so. Obviously a sense of humor is important. God bless us one and all!

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