Dec 30

Aging-in-place has been a buzzword for some time now, especially when you consider that baby boomers are reaching the age of 65 at the rate of 10,000 per day. Accessible bathrooms are a popular place to start when modifying a home for accessibility and independent living.

One trend that is noticeable in new and modified homes is the addition of a walk-in or roll-in accessible shower. These are great for wheelchair users, but even for walking in, they are safer and easier to enter and exit.

Because the main barrier when entering a shower is the side of the tub or threshold enclosure, users must step over it, which can be difficult. Installing a zero-threshold entry removes this barrier.

While one potential problem has been solved, another one may have been created, and that is the problem of water spilling out of the shower and onto the bathroom floor. Without a shower threshold, there’s nothing to keep the water inside the shower.

The easiest way to correct this is by installing a Collapsible Shower Dam and using Weighted Shower Curtains. The shower dam fits over the threshold and the shower curtains hang tight and low against the shower dam. The shower dam is only an inch and a half high but it’s easy to walk over and keeps the water at bay.

A collapsible shower dam also works well for wheelchair users because it collapses when the wheels roll over it and then pops back up in place. This can eliminate the need to perform a transfer into the shower from the wheelchair to a shower bench or chair.

The trend to walk-in accessible showers is here to stay for many new and modified homes. They fit nicely from an aging-in-place perspective as they are attractive and functional, and they are easier to use by people of all ages and abilities. A collapsible shower dam should be standard on most barrier-free shower designs.

You can find information and purchase details here:

Dec 22

So, you always wanted to become a doctor. Maybe you’re just curious about what it takes to be a doctor. Either way, the infographic below, Anatomy of a Doctor, lays it all out for you.

For most kids, if they like playing doctor and decide they want to become one when they grow up, they will probably have to go to school for a long time, study biology, chemistry, and math, then add 3 to 8 years of internships and residency. By the time they turn 35 years old, they might become a doctor.

We tend to take doctors for granted. But not every person is cut out to be one. It relies on certain traits and characteristics to fit into the mold.

If the image below is too small to read, click on it to see a larger version. Thanks to and for this infographic.

Becoming A Doctor - infographic
Dec 14

On September 15, 2010, the law regarding ADA Pool Accessibility requirements changed. Under the new legislation, public and commercial swimming pools are now required to be accessible to people with disabilities on, or before March 15, 2012. This access can be in the form of Pool Lifts that can be operated by the person with the disability or a sloped entries.

Pool Lifts

Swimming pools with more than 300 linear feet of wall must provide two means of entry, with the primary means being either a pool lift or sloped entry. The secondary means of entry can be a pool lift, sloped entry, transfer wall, transfer system, or pool stairs.

Swimming pools with less than 300 feet of wall only need to provide one means of entry – either a pool lift or sloped entry.

Of course there are plenty of other requirements and it’s best to check for compliance way in advance to ensure there won’t be any problems with your pool.

Some of the exceptions include wave pools, spas, and wading pools.

The U.S. Department of Justice has more information on their website regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act at:

There are a variety of pool lift options available. Some are stationary, while others are mobile and can be wheeled in and out of storage either daily or at the end of the season. And you don’t have to have a public or commercial swimming pool to take advantage of the accessibility features of pool lifts. They work great for family pools too.

We have several examples of pool lifts on our website at:

Give us a call at (866) 902-9800 if you have a public or commercial pool and you need a pool lift for compliance before March 15, 2012.

Dec 9

The Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard website offers state-by-state data about Long-Term Services and Supports for seniors, caregivers, and people with disabilities.

Below is the map that shows data by state. To find additional information, ranking data and other downloads, click on the map or visit the website at:

Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard by State

The State Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Scorecard allows seniors and people with disabilities a way to discover performance by each state across a variety of indicators including:

1. Affordability and access
2. Choice of setting and provider
3. Quality of life and quality of care
4. Support for family caregivers

The LTSS website not only helps seniors, caregivers and families easily find much needed information, it also helps states and policymakers track efficiencies and needs.

The first state LTSS scorecard was developed by AARP‘s Public Policy Institute, The Commonwealth Fund, and The SCAN Foundation.

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