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Make my house Accessible / barrier crashers?

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Apr 28, 2013, 11:38 AM
Brian Wolf
Make my house Accessible / barrier crashers?
I think it would be awesome to see a show that helps families make this homes wheelchair accessible - so they can stay in the exiting home and allow their family member(s) to be free to get around.

I am still working on getting my home totally accessible for my son.

Just an idea for a show.

Brian
Apr 29, 2013, 10:36 AM
Sparky617
Brian,
The network doesn't read these posts looking for show ideas. Only other viewers, or increasingly as the quality of the programing drops, non-viewers, read and respond to these boards.

This Old House has done a number of shows on accessibility including the last project house in Mass. The Hometime series carried by some PBS stations and commercially in some markets has done shows on it and I think you can purchase DVDs of their shows at www.hometime.com.

Good luck.


General Disclaimer

Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
Apr 29, 2013, 01:08 PM
GardenSprite
Brian, have you ever gone to an Area Agency on Aging expo? There are dozens of vendors at these expos, and usually 2 -3 or so which provide retrofitting for w/c accessibility and/or assistive devices such as your son might need.

Also, are either you or your wife a veteran? If so, there might be some assistance available through the VA.
Apr 29, 2013, 05:10 PM
swschrad
there have been a couple of Holmes shows and at least one DIY To The Rescue I can remember that concentrated on refitting a home's interior for wheelchair accessability. and a slug of Extreme Makeover; Home Edition shows.

there are legal guidelines availiable that are mostly rather dense. you should be able to get something more user-friendly from the government printing office (GPO) online, or at any of those seminars GardenSprite mentioned. your area assistance agency should also have guideline booklets for various features (hallways/doors, bathroom, entrances, etc.)


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Apr 29, 2013, 07:45 PM
GardenSprite
I also recall seeing literature at one of the expos for a wheelchair ingress/egress ramp, if that's one of your concerns.

If your son is in PT or OT, an occupational and/or physitcal therapist could (a) offer suggestions on retrofitting for accessibility (b) direct you to companies which have assistive devices and/or offer construction services for w/c access, and (c) perhaps offer information on codes and standards.

In what area of the country do you live?
May 06, 2013, 10:06 AM
Sparky617
Vila has a series on his website about accessible homes.

http://www.bobvila.com/section...oxbury-massachusetts


General Disclaimer

Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.