Active Homes is a full service remodeling company that specializes in providing services and products that allows homeowners to live their lives comfortably and safely in their current home for the years to come. Our goal is to create an accessible , comfortable and a safe home that will allow homeowners to enjoy the convenience their own home with out the ” hospital-look” design.
Certified aging in place specialist in Los Angeles
This is a great project and our awesome clients Mr. and Mrs McCrary in Los Angeles.
We created a modern design roll-in, barrier free bathroom shower and accessible kitchen to meet their needs while maintaining a level of stylish elegance.
Active Homes is located in Southern California and is based in Los Angeles.
We welcome all inquiries and offer free consultations and assessments:
Tel: (855) 924-7663
Many of our customers often ask what are general features throughout the house will make their homes more accessible. Most of home modifications are meant to be custom made base on the homeowner’s physical condition and the house structure and arrangement, but in general these are the ideal features throughout the house.
- Activity areas for eating, sleeping, and bathing should be on one floor that is accessible without using stairs.
- Doorways to most rooms should be at least 32 inches wide (have a 32-inch clear passage), preferably 36 inches wide.
- Flooring materials should be hard, even surfaces or tightly woven, low pile carpeting over a thin pad.
- A lever-style door handle is preferable than a round knob.
- Smoke detectors should be located on each floor of the house, especially near the bedrooms.
- Hallways at least 36 inches wide (preferably 48 inches wide) allow access to bedrooms and bathrooms by persons using mobility devices or wheelchair.
– Light switches should be located within easy reach at the entrance of each room and should be reachable from a seated position (36 to 42 inches from the floor).
- There should be a sufficient, even lighting throughout the house. Light fixtures, lamps, and window treatments should be selected and properly placed to avoid glare on smooth surfaces.
– Electrical outlets should be located at a height reachable from a seated position (15 or more inches from the floor) and in enough locations to eliminate the need for extension cords.
– At least one telephone should be located where it will be accessible to a person who is unable to stand.
– Sills of windows in the living, dining, and bed- room areas should be no higher than 30 inches so that a person seated or lying in bed can see out- doors. Windows should be easy to open.
- Thermostats with readable numbers, large print, and good contrast should be located so a seated person can adjust them (no higher than 48 inches from the floor)
One of our client mother suffered from loss of balance and coordination. She is very unstable
when standing or walking, and thus at risk of falling. Most of the time she will shuffle with the to
prevent o the risk of falling. She have difficulty raising or lowering herself from chairs, beds, and
Issues of balance and coordination is difficult for a person to walk without any assistance. Beds
may be too high, chairs and toilet seats too low for her to stand up and sit down easily. There is
also a great risk of tripping on carpeting, stairs, or thresholds.
Maximizing safety is a key strategy for addressing balance and coordination. Lowering or
removing thresholds, putting a skid proof tiling and rags in on the flooring, securing the corners
and the edges of area rugs and removing unnecessary floor clutters can diminish the risk of
tripping. Installing handrails at the head of the stairs helps in balance stabilization, lessens the
chance of an unsteady person falling.
Another key strategy is to accommodate people’s needs. Make furniture and appliances
customized to the users capability and needs. Examples are lowered bed height, raised chairs
and toilet seats for easy use and access.
Providing supports like hand rails and grab bars to stabilize people as they sit down, rise up, and
move about is also a good way to address balance and coordination issues. Enhancing vision by
lighting the floors or stairway is also helpful. Be sure to put all needed objects near chairs, toilets,
and beds to avoid unnecessary standing or reaching.