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Shower & Bathroom Safety

5 Common Accessibility "Fails"

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Our home accessibility experts are invited into our client’s homes and into our local communities to evaluate for home accessibility solutions, such as stair lifts or wheelchair ramps or lifts. During our evaluations, we often encounter modifications that were done by another company or DIYs that do not meet ADA requirements, or are unsafe.

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by Eric Rubel  | 

Mobility & Accessibility Solutions for In-Home Cancer Patients

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People diagnosed with cancer often require additional safety precautions to ensure that any health-related problems do not occur. Day-to-day activities that can be taken for granted will become harder. Simple things like cooking, cleaning, and even walking up the stairs may become strenuous, and even dangerous.

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by Eric Rubel  | 

5 Fall Prevention & Home Safety Tips for Older Adults

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As we age, our home may not be as easy to navigate as it once was. Getting up and down a set of stairs may be a chore because of decline in mobility. The risk of slipping and falling in the bathroom is likely much higher, especially if there are no grab bars in the bathtub/shower, or near the toilet. An option for older adults who are having a difficult time getting around at home is a senior living facility. However, these types of facilities do not offer the familiarity and comfort that a home does. A home is full of memories from parties and gatherings with family and lifelong friends. It is the place where a majority of older prefer to stay as they age. 

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by Eric Rubel  | 

12 Tips To Prevent Falls in the Bathroom

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Falls are a hazard that the elderly and people with mobility issues face every day – and the majority of falls happen in the bathroom. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared the bathroom the most dangerous room in the house for older adults.

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by John Burfield  | 

Lifeway Mobility Featured on HouseSmarts via WGN Radio Chicago 720

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Lifeway Mobility was proudly featured on HouseSmarts Radio with Lou Manfredini via WGN Radio Chicago 720! HouseSmarts is a well-known home improvement and lifestyle show that provides homeowners with tips on home renovation and repairs.   Lou and his team were interested in speaking to an expert about aging-in-place and making homes more accessible, and selected Lifeway Mobility as the guest to interview.

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by Eric Rubel  | 

Top 10 Bathroom Improvement Ideas for Accessibility

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A complete bathroom remodel is anything but a small project. Whether you are choosing to upgrade your bathroom for aesthetic reasons or to increase your home’s value, there are some crucial elements you should consider before you bring your project to life! Functionality should be at the center of your remodel but creating a functional bathroom no longer means you have to sacrifice style and features. Designing the bathroom of your dreams in your master suite or updating the guest bath to serve a variety of purposes is easy with a little inspiration and a great design team. How long have you been thinking about a bathroom remodel? Check out these ten proven contractor tips to help move your project forward: 1. Shower Seats – More than just a comfy place to relax while you shower, adding a shower seat gives you a place to rest your foot while you shave your legs. If you’re concerned about losing valuable floor space with the addition of a shower seat, folding options are available. BATHROOM REMODEL 2. Add Built-In Shelves – Skip the metal or plastic shower caddies that can make your shower look and feel cluttered and opt for built-in options instead. These niches are perfect for keeping your shampoo bottles, conditioner bottles and shaving supplies off the floor of the shower. Not only do they put your essentials within reach, but they also reduce tripping hazards in the wet area of your bathroom. 3. Skip the Threshold – Creating a zero entry shower not only gives your bathroom a sleek and modern look it also gives you a shower that allows you for aging in place. Not tripping over the sill of your shower every time you get in and out of the shower makes your bathroom safer and easier to use. 4. Consider the Placement of Hooks, Towel Bars, and the Toilet Paper Holder – Many times these are the overlooked details in a whole bathroom remodel, especially when the shower or the toilet is being relocated. These elements add a fun pop and personality to your project and shouldn’t be treated as an afterthought. 5. Shop Showerheads and Handhelds – Upgrading your bathroom should include upgrading your shower experience. If you’re installing a shower bench in your shower to shave your legs, why not add a handheld shower nearby to make rinsing a breeze? For those who are taller, raising your showerhead up higher on the wall may be an option to consider when working on your bathroom redesign. Putting in multiple showerheads or installing a central rain head are popular options. 6. Get Rid of Your Whirlpool Tub – Many homeowners have whirlpool tubs in their master bathrooms that are either broken or rarely get used because of the amount of water it takes to fill them. Consider converting the space your whirlpool tub is taking up into a large dual showerhead shower and turning your existing shower into storage in your bathroom. 7. Upgrade Your Vanity – If your existing vanity lacks the space you need to store your toiletries, makeup and hair styling tools, then opting for a larger vanity with more drawers and dual sinks may be your best bet. Drawers are easier to organize and access than vanities that have doors that open to a large under the sink area. Drawers can be cut to fit around plumbing and can make reclaiming counter space in your bathroom possible. 8. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall – The mirror in the bathroom is often overlooked, much like the towel racks, hooks, and the toilet paper holder. However, in many bathrooms, the mirror helps define the style of the room. If you are changing your vanity and installing a larger one, you may need to increase the size of your bathroom mirror. Many homeowners opt to install two mirrors over a dual sink vanity rather than installing one large mirror. One popular trend is the use of multiple smaller mirrors above the vanity so that lighted sconces can be placed on either side of the mirrors. Large mirrors and custom cut mirrors can make the bathroom seem larger or fit into an awkwardly shaped space. 9. Shed Some Light – Adding recessed lighting to your shower and throughout your bathroom can create aesthetic or functional light. Adding a dimmer switch can help you control the mood of your bath. Adding over vanity lights, sconces or lighted mirrors can help you see what you’re doing up close. 10. What Features Are Missing? – Is there something you’ve always wished your current bathroom had? Maybe you’d like to have a heated tile floor or solid shower walls to make cleaning easier. When it comes to remodeling your bathroom, don’t forget to include your wish list in your design requirements. Many homeowners are so focused on remodeling the wet area and choosing the right vanity that they forget to add in the features that give their project the finishing touches. Ask yourself these important questions to help you consider what bathroom features you want vs. need. When you are answering these questions, review your priorities like, who will use the bathroom and what will bring beauty and function now and for resale What do I like/dislike about my current bathroom? Do I have sufficient storage? What does my ideal bathroom look like? What does my ideal bathroom function like? What colors make my bathroom feel like me? What would I change about the current layout? What is my timeline? Once you have answered these questions, you’re ready to take the next step and get an estimate from a bathroom remodeling expert. While there are numerous bathroom remodeling companies for you to choose from, be sure to select a reputable company that is licensed and insured. In today’s market consumers buy based on word of mouth and online reviews so ask your neighbors, friends, and coworkers who they trust. Look for the number of reviews a contractor has not just the star rating and check out their BBB which will give you clues to their reputation. Ready to get started on your bathroom remodel? Fill out the contact form below and let our design team help you create the bathroom of your dreams!

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by Armando Carrillo  | 

Webinar Oct 28 - Tips from the Experts: Maintain Independence at Home

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"My dad had a stroke and can't climb the stairs inside or outside his home." We hear stories like this every day and our Accessibility Specialists are experts at solving mobility challenges in a variety of environments in and around the home. If you or a loved one struggles with mobility, this FREE webinar provides invaluable tips and product  recommendations to help maintain mobility, safety and independence.

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by Amy Finke  | 

Top 8 Rolling Shower Chair Options

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Reports show that over 2 million people inure themselves in the bathroom each year, including in the shower and while using the toilet. Utilizing the shower, toilet ,and sink in the bathroom is essential to your lifestyle. Having a disability does not lessen the bathroom’s importance. Being able to maneuver around in the bathroom with a disability must be planned out and individualized for each homeowner. A rolling shower chair is a popular choice among the disabled. They make it easy to bathe, use the toilet and even wash their hands, brush their teeth, and take care of other hygiene activities.

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Posted 3/20/2020

When Is It the Right Time to Remodel Your Bathroom?

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Families have a way of evolving through various stages of life. There are seasons of raising children and navigating the toddlers, teens, and young adult dreams. There is the empty nest syndrome, and some of us are living alone, navigating the ever-changing dynamics of aging. No matter the season, it’s good to examine three reasons why you may need to consider to remodel your bathroom.

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Posted 11/14/2019

Home Mobility Solutions, Inc. Joins Lifeway Mobility-Chicagoland

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      Lifeway Mobility announced today that it has acquired the assets of Home Mobility Solutions, Inc. (HMS), Downers Grove, IL, through its subsidiary, Extended Home Living Services, Inc (EHLS), Arlington Heights, IL. Founded by Mike Cleary, HMS has served greater Chicagoland and northwest Indiana, offering accessibility solutions including stairlifts, wheelchair lifts, modular ramps, bathroom modifications and elevators, for over 12 years.

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by John Burfield  | 

The Benefits of Hydrotherapy for In-Home Care

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Hydrotherapy, the therapeutic use of water to ease pain and promote physical well-being, has been used all over the world for centuries, including in the ancient cultures or Greece, Rome, Egypt, China, and Japan. Hydrotherapy can include everything from hot and cold plunge pools, thermal baths, saunas, steam baths, floating water massage, wraps, and more.

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by John Burfield  | 

Handrails and Grab Bars - Effective Fall Prevention

As we age, our balance, strength, and vision can begin to decline, and navigating stairways, steps, stoops, and landings can become increasingly difficult. Progressive illnesses and injuries can also cause these familiar household structures to become hazardous. In fact, falls are the leading cause of death and injury to older adults and a common reason that people give up on independent living.

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by John Burfield  | 

School Accessible Solutions for Persons with a Physical Disability

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If you have worked in or been to an elementary, middle, high school, or even a university lately, you may have noticed that there are many diverse situations that need to be accommodated for: wheelchairs, walkers, space for physical and occupational therapy, barrier-free playground equipment, etc. Many schools throughout the country are older and were not built with these accommodations in mind, and despite the Americans with Disabilities Act, some schools are not as compliant as they could be. So, if you are an administrator looking to adapt your school’s environment for students with disabilities or a parent wanting more access, read on for more tips on accessibility!

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by Paul Bergantino  | 

What is a Hydrotherapy Air Spa Bathtub?

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With the therapeutic benefits of warm water therapy gaining notoriety, you may be in the market for a new soaking or walk-in bathtub. If this is the case, you might have seen an option called a hydrotherapy air tub. While many people are familiar with tubs outfitted with whirlpool jets, commonly called a Jacuzzi tub, an air tub is a newer concept.

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by John Burfield  | 

Walk-in Bathtubs: Did You Know...?

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Walk-in bathtubs have long been known as an accessible bathing solution for people with limited mobility. But did you know that recent studies have also highlighted the therapeutic benefits of walk-in tubs? A walk-in tub can help people with a variety of conditions, including:

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by John Burfield  | 

Grab Bars for Bathrooms & In-Home Safety for Older Adults

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For seniors and those with limited mobility, grab bars can be a lifesaver. There are many types of grab bars that can be added throughout different rooms in a home to provide stability for people who have trouble walking. The bathroom is often the room that makes the most sense for the installation of a grab bar because it is the most dangerous room in a house for seniors or those with limited mobility. In fact, falls in the bathroom due to a wet, slippery floor is one of the top causes of injuries for elderly men and women. Whether it's the barrier that makes it difficult to get in and out of a tub or shower or a toilet that is tough to get off of, the bathroom definitely presents its challenges.

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by Eric Rubel  | 

Making Your Home Safe for Elderly Visitors During the Holidays

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Fast approaching is that wonderful time of year when family and friends gather to celebrate the holidays. Often that means events and parties that include elderly parents, friends or relatives. Whether an elderly relative or friend with limited mobility is coming for the afternoon or staying longer, it is best to consider their safety and comfort.

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by Dan Martin  | 

What Are The Therapeutic Benefits of Walk-in Bathtub?

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As we age, getting in and out of a bathtub can become a difficult task that can put us at risk of injury. For those that enjoy a warm bath after a long day but have trouble lowering themselves into a standard bathtub, a walk-in tub might be the perfect solution. A walk-in bathtub features a water-tight door that swings either in or out, and a built-in seat that allows you to bathe in a seated position. This means you can avoid lowering yourself into a traditional bathtub.

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by John Burfield  | 

Top 5 Home Modifications for Accessibility

As we age, tasks that we once took for granted such as climbing the stairs or taking a shower, can become a challenge. If you or a loved one are planning to Age-in-Place, there many home modifications or adaptations that can help make this a reality.

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by John Burfield  | 

Product Showcase: Tub Cut

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Changes in balance and mobility can become a problem as we age, and getting in and out of the tub can be especially hazardous. If stepping over the side of the bathtub is a safety concern for you, a tub cut may be the best solution.

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by John Burfield  | 

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