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Top Ten Considerations for Making Your Home Accessible




Whether you currently live with a disability or are planning for when you or someone close to you may, building accessibility into your home can prove vital for aging in place, caring for a family member or increasing the “visit ability” of your home. Listed below are the top issues one should consider before undertaking any improvements, according to Disaboom (www.disaboom.com), the largest online community for people living with or touched by disability.

Mobility Issues. Be aware of your own needs as a person with a disability and what works best for you. It’s a good idea to make a list of issues you encounter regularly and then think of modifications that would resolve each of these issues. Different degrees of disability will require customized adaptations to achieve greatest ease of use. Always remember, this is your house. Modifications should be designed off your own specifications regardless of what the accessible home standards recommend.

Budget. Modifying a home does not have to be extremely expensive but can prove to be. Be realistic about your budget and if you decide to go through a contractor, insist that they provide a firm bid identifying the total cost of the project and how long it will take to complete. Financial help is out there. Disability Vocational Rehabilitation, Veterans Affairs, church groups, neighbors and even television shows such as “Extreme Home Makeover” are a few good resources that can help shoulder the financial burden. To better understand the costs associated with making your home accessible, visit RE/MAX’s “Assess Your Access” calculator on disaboom.com, which provides estimation based on your house’s criteria.




Location. While locale is a personal preference, a few variables to keep in mind include: walking distance to amenities such as groceries, dining, pharmacies and public transportation stops; the safety of the neighborhood; and your desired level of community support.

It’s important to keep all of these guidelines in mind as well, as you design specific areas of your home, such as the ones listed below.

Garden. The first step in developing an accessible garden is to make sure you can navigate around and through your garden. This includes having wide enough pathways, being able to reach the planters for planting, watering and weeding. Hanging planters, raised beds, and rail systems are practical solutions. Research and utilize the many specialized lightweight, easy to grip and spring-loaded gardening tools available to make gardening much easier.

Entrance. The first key feature to an entrance is a direct access ramp. The ideal location to install this is in your garage, to protect it from the elements, which reduces maintenance and other associated risk factors. If the garage is not an option, be aware of water drainage so that the ramp does not become a hazard. Motion sensor lighting can be extremely helpful for illuminating the ramp and landing area. Make sure that you install an ample doorway and that all passageways and hallways are at least forty-two inches wide.

Kitchen. When designing an accessible kitchen, make sure that you have enough floor space and are able to maneuver easily. This is especially important in front of appliances. Position the kitchen sink and faucet handles in an accessible location to accommodate users of varying heights. Positioning cabinets and countertops at a lower height will provide an accessible prep area for cooking. When space is limited, pull-down cabinets can also be an accessible solution. If you have grip limitations, look at hardware that incorporates levers or loop handles that can be easily operated with a closed fist. This applies to door hardware, cabinet hardware, sink, and stove controls.

Bathroom. Creating a safe, accessible bathroom is very important. Simple adjustments such as grip bars and railings can prevent serious injury from occurring. Allocate enough space for a wheelchair to pull in and back out and even consider installing a walk in/roll in shower. Bathroom sinks should also accommodate users of varying heights.

Office. Setting up a home office may be the simplest way to get back into a regular work routine. Some options to consider when designing your accessible office include: wheelchair accessible desk, foot activated mouse, adjustable furniture and speaking devices that record and respond to voice commands. Incorporating such products will not only serve to further enhance productivity, but can also enhance comfort as well.

Accessing Multiple Floors. Home owners with a new disability in a multi-level home looking to access their second floor have a few options; residential elevators, vertical wheelchair lifts, or a stair lift. Wheelchair lifts and stair lifts are less costly, do not require a machine room, and are more space efficient. Wheelchair users should note that if they decide to install a stair lift, two separate wheelchairs are required unless they wish to carry their wheelchair with them.

Other Elements. Attention to detail can make all the difference. Raising electrical outlets, lowering switches, and ridding your home of doorway thresholds (as they present a trip hazard) are some small details that help immensely. Specialized appliances such as front loading washers and dryers and the self running Roomba Vacuum can also make life that much easier.

Whether you currently have a disability, desire to increase the “visit ability “ of your home, or are planning for the future, having an accessible home is a key component to living forward. To discover more information on how to make your home accessible, estimate the costs associated with increasing your home’s accessibility, or share ideas with others in the community, visit www.disaboom.com. Remember, “A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams.”

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Senior Care Psychological Consulting in St. Charles, Missouri





The Only Strictly Doctoral Psychology Practice in St. Louis, Missouri

Senior Care Psychological Consulting is the premier provider of doctoral level geropsychology services for the metropolitan St. Louis, Missouri area. Senior Care Psychological Consulting is a specialty geriatric psychology practice providing psychological assessment, mental health counseling services, psychological testing, neuropsychological evaluation and disability evaluation to the elderly and chronic mentally ill in an office-based practice in St. Charles, Missouri. We also provide in- home services as well as providing services in nursing homes and other long term care facilities throughout the metropolitan St. Louis, Missouri area.




Paul Susic Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist and Senior Care Psychological Consulting

Senior Care Psychological was founded by Paul Susic Ph.D Licensed Psychologist who has been providing mental health services to the senior community for well over two decades. Paul developed one of the first exclusively geriatric psychiatric Partial Hospital programs in the St. Louis area, which he managed for approximately five years as the Program Manager at the former Incarnate Word Hospital. He also created and developed a whole continuum of outpatient mental health services which he also managed at Incarnate Word Hospital. He later was promoted to Director of the Department of Psychiatry of Incarnate Word Hospital, which he left in December, 1999 to begin a full-time geropsychology practice.

Paul Susic and Senior Care Psychological Counseling have continued their commitment to providing high-quality psychological assessment and mental health counseling services to the senior community. Senior Care specializes in providing psychological counseling and assessment services, psychological testing and neuropsychological evaluation in- home, in nursing homes and long-term care facilities throughout the metropolitan St. Louis area and also in an office based practice in St. Charles, Missouri. All services are provided under the direction of Dr.Susic who is the Clinical Director. Mental health assessments, testing as well as assessments for cognitive (memory) functioning and need for long-term placement are also available at senior care.

Please feel free to call and ask for Paul Susic Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist, and he will be pleased to assist you in any way possible. He may be reached at his office at (636) 300-9922 for local calls, or or he may also be reached by e-mail at seniorcarepsych@yahoo.com

Senior Care Psychological Consulting 500 Huber Park Ct. Suite 205, Weldon Spring, MO 63304

Information and webpage by Paul Susic Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist




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Disability Services in St. Louis, Missouri 2017 Update Page #3




Disability Services in St. Louis Missouri

Disability services in St. Louis, Missouri help people with physical and mental impairments deal with a wide range of issues that bring difficulty into their lives. Disability services in St. Louis, Missouri are available to provide resources to help with all of the time-consuming and technical concerns that many individuals with disabilities have. The following organizations provide assistance in a wide range of resources and disability services in St. Louis Missouri:

Disability services in St. Louis, Missouri:




Home For Life Solutions brought to you by
Lutheran Senior Services

Phone: 314-446-2421 Fax: 314-963-3570
1150 Hanley Industrial Ct., St. Louis, MO 63144
Email: cbarton@lssmo.org
Website: lssliving.org
Counties Served: Jefferson, St. Charles, St. Louis, St. Louis
City, Madison, Monroe, St. Clair
Description: Introducing — Home for Life Solutions. Home
For Life Solutions is more than a medical alert button. It’s a
personal emergency response system with upgradable, stateof-
the-art technology, tools, and solutions that enable older
adults to live safely and independently at home.

Home Helpers
Phone: 636-391-0000 or 314-961-1002 Fax: 636-391-0005
128 Enchanted Parkway, Ste 206, St. Louis, MO 63021
Email: info@homehelpersstl.com
Website: www.HomeHelpersStl.com
Counties Served: St. Charles, St. Louis, St. Louis City

Home Helpers Serving St Charles and
North St. Louis Counties, MO

Phone: 1-877-445-4353 Fax: 618-462-2797
200 W. 3rd Street, Suite 712, Alton, IL 62002
Email: 58202@homehelpers.cc
Website: www.homehelpersstl.com
Counties Served: St. Charles, St. Louis, St. Louis City
Description: Home Helpers is one of the premier non-medical
in-home care agencies in the industry. Our services apply to
four distinct groups of individuals which include senior adults,
new moms, people with lifelong challenges and individuals
going through rehabilitation due to surgery. We employ
compassionate, caring caregivers.

Homepro Corporation
Phone: 314-351-5283 Fax: 314-351-8708
P.O. Box 4321, St. Louis, MO 63123
Email: customerservice@stlhomepro.com
Website: www.stlhomepro.com
Counties Served: Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles, St. Louis,
St. Louis City, Madison, Randolph, St. Clair
Description: Keeping your loved ones safe at home. Products
& Services for Seniors, Persons with Disabilities and
Rehabilitation and Recovery Patients. Grab Bars, Railings,
Stairlifts, Wheelchair Ramps, Hand Held Showers, Shower
Seats, Extra Height Toilets, Auto Door Openers, Automated
Lighting Controls, and Much More!

Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

Phone: 314-918-8222 Fax: 314-918-9188
8702 Manchester, Brentwood, MO 63144
Email: mhill@ltcop-stl.org
Website: www.ltcop-stl.org
Counties Served: Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles, St. Louis,
St. Louis City
Description: Advocates for nursing home residents. Provides
counseling and legal referrals for victims of crime in long
term care facilities.


Disability Services in St. Louis, Missouri 2017 Update Page #2




Disability Services in St. Louis Missouri

Disability services in St. Louis, Missouri help people with physical and mental impairments deal with a wide range of issues that bring difficulty into their lives. Disability services in St. Louis, Missouri are available to provide resources to help with all of the time-consuming and technical concerns that many individuals with disabilities have. The following organizations provide assistance in a wide range of resources and disability services in St. Louis Missouri:

Disability services in St. Louis, Missouri:




Division of Senior and Disability Services Abuse,
Neglect, and Financial Exploitation Hotline

Phone: 800-392-0210, TDD 800-669-8819
Fax: 573-526-8538
P.O. Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570
Website: www.dhss.mo.gov/ElderAbuse/index.html
Counties Served: Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles, St. Louis,
St. Louis City
Description: The Elder Abuse and Neglect Hotline responds
to reports of alleged abuse, neglect or financial exploitation
of persons 60 years of age or older and disabled adults
between age 18 and 59. The program provides investigation,
intervention, and follow-up services to victims and stresses the
mentally competent adult’s right to make their own decisions.

Emmaus Homes
Phone: 636-534-5200 Fax: 636-947-1336
2200 Randolph St., St. Charles, MO 63301
Email: benzp@emmaushomes.org
Website: www.emmaushomes.org
Counties Served: Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles, St. Louis
Description: Emmaus is a faith-based organization serving
adults with developmental disabilities with dignity and respect
by providing compassionate, person-centered care with an
emphasis on safety, health and happiness. Emmaus provides
a variety of residential options and is dedicated to providing
accessible housing and appropriate care throughout clients’
lives.

ER-IDcard
Phone: 636-248-0597 Fax: 636-828-4591
P.O. Box 83, New Melle, MO 63365
Email: rworkman@er-idcard.com
Website: www.er-idcard.com
Counties Served: Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles, St. Louis,
St. Louis City, Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph,
St. Clair, Washington
Description: Our Personal Health Record (PHR) service
helps you organize, document and communicate medical
information to healthcare providers. You have the ability
to access your records whenever you need them. We help
caregivers provide better care by reducing treatment delays,
eliminating confusion about medications or prior testing and
save you money.

Gateway Legal Services, Inc.
Phone: 314-534-0404 Fax: 314-652-8308
200 N. Broadway, #950, St. Louis, MO 63102
Email: mferry@gatewaylegal.org
Website: www.gatewaylegal.org
Counties Served: Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles, St. Louis,
St. Louis City, Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph,
St. Clair, Washington
Description: Our nonprofit legal services program represents
people who are seeking SSI and/or Social Security disability
benefits. To learn more about us, see our web site at the web
address given above.