Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I don’t know if our home can be renovated to serve our needs. Who can help me determine whether or not this is feasible?
A: Our certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (C.A.P.S). He has the knowledge and experience necessary to determine the feasibility of any home modification for aging adults or people with disabilities. Additionally, an accessibility audit can be arranged with us to develop aesthetically-pleasing, practical design solutions that promote inclusion and functional independence.
Q: How do I find a remodeler or contractor who knows how to make modifications to improve the accessibility of my home?
A: The Certified Aging in Place Specialist (C.A.P.S) program trains remodelers and others interested in working with aging adults. To obtain a C.A.P.S-certification, the participant must attend a three-day training that includes modules on working with aging adults, making home modifications, and business skills and ethics. They must pass a test at the end of each day, and must keep their certification current by taking additional classes.
Q: What are typical modifications that I can add to a house to increase the accessibility and make it more "user friendly"?
A: Modifications are often installed to increase the safety of the home, and to help older residents maintain their independence. People most frequently make modifications to their bathrooms, followed by installing ramps, widening doorways, and changing features in their kitchens.
Bathroom modifications include installing grab bars around the bathtub, the shower and the toilet; adding hand-held showers; adding transfer benches to the tub or shower; replacing bath tubs with curbless showers; and replacing knobs on water faucets with levered handles.
If a person can no longer negotiate steps into a home, then a ramp can be installed at one of the entrances. It needs to be located where the door is wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair or other mobility aid, and where it will provide access to parking.
Q: Why should I incorporate Universal design concepts into my remodel or build project?
A: Universal design gives you great home features you can enjoy now and plan for the future. Take closets for example. Add some adjustable brackets. Later on, you can use those brackets to move rods and shelves to a better height. This small feature can help a closet grow with a child. It also means you can use the closet if you start using a wheelchair. This kind of planning can help you make sure every part of your home will adapt to your changing needs.
Q: Can the entire family utilize Universal Design concepts or an accessible space?
A: Universal Design accommodates people regardless of size, age, or ability. It is design at its best - aesthetically appealing and artfully constructed for every individual at every stage of life.
Q: Will the modifications make my home look institutional?
A: With new stylish products on the market, homes with Universal Design features do not look very different from other houses or cost much more. It’s good ergonomic design for everyone. Universal Design offers superior product and style options and a wide range of color options for unlimited personal expression.
Q: What is the average cost of an accessible renovation?
A: A typical bathroom retrofit could cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000, whereas a kitchen renovation can cost up to $20,000. On the other hand a grab bar costs as little as $100. It all depends on the extent of your needs. Once this information in collected, we can provide an accurate estimate of the cost involved. We will assess, design, supply and install the right products to make your home a safe and accessible place to live.
Q: How much does a stairlift or in-home elevator cost?
A: Stair lift installations typically cost between $3,500 and $6,000 depending on the type of lift you choose for your home. Electrical hookup is extra, as are any repairs that might be required related to the hookup. Elevators cost approximately $14,000 plus an additional $4,000 to $18,000 for installation depending on the construction required in a given situation.
Q: Are there any organizations that provide financial assistance for home modifications?
A: There are many privately and publicly funded agencies whose mandate is to provide information and support for people with a disability or seniors. For information contact us at 816-448-2033 or email@example.com.
Q: I have heard that home renovations can be very expensive. Wouldn’t it be less expensive to move into a supportive-living facility?
A: Moving from one’s home can be a traumatic and unnecessary experience. Supportive-living facilities can have long waiting lists and can cost between $2,000 and $6,000 per month. An accessible living renovation in your home is the most affordable option for those who want to live an independent life in a familiar neighborhood.
Q: Isn’t a home renovation extremely messy and disruptive?
A: Renovations are never undertaken without some disruption; however, we do everything in our power to minimize the pain. We cover all traffic areas with clean drop sheets, enclose work areas and clean up at the end of each and every work day. In the case of a single-bathroom household we try to ensure that the bathroom is operational at the end of each day. We never begin a project until all materials are on site and our trades people are on the job every day until the project is completed.
Q: How long does it take to complete a renovation?
A: We will provide you with a quotation and a timeline estimate. Once we begin your project we will work continuously until the work is complete and satisfactory. We will ensure your renovation is done right, on time and within budget.