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Old 09-04-2014, 05:47 PM   #1
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Does anyone here specialize in just handicap baths and/or handicap safety/fall prevention?
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Not specialized, just been around them and done a bunch.

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I have done 3... so I'm no expert. Remodeled several baths just not handicap necessarily but an opportunity has been presented to me by a local medical supply and equipment to be there go to guy for that market.
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I have done 3... so I'm no expert. Remodeled several baths just not handicap necessarily but an opportunity has been presented to me by a local medical supply and equipment to be there go to guy for that market.
Could be a great opportunity.

Get the latst ADA rule book and know it inside & out.

The 5' circle thing is changing.

Grab Bars, toilets & accessible sinks will be most common.

Roll in showers are getting to be more common place.
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Thanks.. my grandparents own a chain of home healths so I know hes doing it mainly for their business too but oh well. As long as we all prosper.
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Same here, have done several for various disabled or elderly people...I actually enjoy it because people are in general really great to work with...sometimes there are some design challenges, but that's all part of the fun I think! Anti-slip everything, barrier free showers, grab bars, ADA sinks, toilets, we've done lots of different things!
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done a chit load, here in fl its not uncommen to pull the tub and make it a shower, have done a bunch for the va pays well and pays quick.
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Same here, have done several for various disabled or elderly people...I actually enjoy it because people are in general really great to work with...sometimes there are some design challenges, but that's all part of the fun I think! Anti-slip everything, barrier free showers, grab bars, ADA sinks, toilets, we've done lots of different things!
Working for elderly people is my favorite type of job. I have a very soft spot for them and cringe when I hear the stories of rip off artists that target them.

Yes, 4 out of 5 are VERY good to work with and for. I think it's a great market.

Check out (sorry no link) but something like "aging in place" certifications. It's a hot market due to all the aging baby boomers from what I understand.

Keep us posted on what you find out because I would love to go in that direction as well.
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Working for elderly people is my favorite type of job. I have a very soft spot for them and cringe when I hear the stories of rip off artists that target them.

Yes, 4 out of 5 are VERY good to work with and for. I think it's a great market.

Check out (sorry no link) but something like "aging in place" certifications. It's a hot market due to all the aging baby boomers from what I understand.

Keep us posted on what you find out because I would love to go in that direction as well.
Will do. I'm supposed to meet with the med equipment guy next week for more info on his part. I know that in the next 15 years the senior care market is supposed to explode.
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Working for elderly people is my favorite type of job. I have a very soft spot for them and cringe when I hear the stories of rip off artists that target them.

Yes, 4 out of 5 are VERY good to work with and for. I think it's a great market.

Check out (sorry no link) but something like "aging in place" certifications. It's a hot market due to all the aging baby boomers from what I understand.

Keep us posted on what you find out because I would love to go in that direction as well.
Completely agree...and to hear parts of their life stories too...not many that I talk to have led a boring life, most have some pretty crazy things they've walked through...puts life in perspective every time!
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We have been doing a lot more recently then we ever had in the past 5 years.
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Check out the CAPS ( certified aging in place specialist ) certification. Nahb does a lot of classes for them. Teaches Universal Design and how to deal with Aging folks and handi cap needs.
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Check out the CAPS ( certified aging in place specialist ) certification. Nahb does a lot of classes for them. Teaches Universal Design and how to deal with Aging folks and handi cap needs.
Got signed up for some classes. Nothing like 3 more days of school!
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I've done a few jobs for handicapped/elderly people and for the most part the are great to work with.
One thing that I've never had a better solution for is putting grab bars in fiberglass shower surrounds. Like the ones that have an 1" cavity between the surround and the wall. I've never seen a good way to mount those, unless you add blocking beforehand.
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If you are putting a grab bar in an existing shower you need secure mounts These are mushroom shaped anchors. The stem lags to the stud and the cap screws onto the stem, then the grab bar screws to the cap. Here's a link: http://www.backtobasics.net/

I have been doing mostly aging in place/ accessible home modifications since 2008. Here are some pictures:http://www.solidrockenterprises.com/gallery/
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If you are putting a grab bar in an existing shower you need secure mounts These are mushroom shaped anchors. The stem lags to the stud and the cap screws onto the stem, then the grab bar screws to the cap. Here's a link: http://www.backtobasics.net/



I have been doing mostly aging in place/ accessible home modifications since 2008. Here are some pictures:http://www.solidrockenterprises.com/gallery/

Those are just what I need. Do you order them online?

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Yes and they come with the lags and screws. They say to cut a 1-1/4" hole in the shower wall but it is important to get the lag in the center of the stud, so I generally drill a 1-1/2" hole to give myself some wiggle room. Bed the cap in silicone to get a waterproof seal as you tighten it.
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If you are putting a grab bar in an existing shower you need secure mounts These are mushroom shaped anchors. The stem lags to the stud and the cap screws onto the stem, then the grab bar screws to the cap. Here's a link: http://www.backtobasics.net/

I have been doing mostly aging in place/ accessible home modifications since 2008. Here are some pictures:http://www.solidrockenterprises.com/gallery/
This was very timely information. My buddies wife just had a major heart episode and he needs to add a handrail in their fiberglass shower for when she's able to come home.

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