• The Missing Link Part 2

    By Mike Dodd I recently authored a blog on the subject of a position paper that was published by the Joint Commission on the state of the home care industry.  In that blog, I mentioned how it would be nice to have a seat at the table when the discussion turns to investigating alternatives to… Read more »

  • Cheap vs. Affordable

    By Nick McIntyre Lately, with the Kansas City economy being what it is, most people desire lower cost remodels. The unfortunate thing is that the majority of the buying decisions are based upon using the lowest cost provider.  Lowest cost scenario decisions are usually associated with purchasing something “cheap”.  Cheap is just that: cheap.  It… Read more »

  • Home Safe Home

    By Debbie Hartzler, OTR Accidents Happen According to the AARP: Every 18 seconds an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall. 1 of 3 adults age 65 and older fall each year. More than 1/3 of adults age 65 and older suffer injuries from falls each year. The average health care… Read more »

  • Basement Bathroom Remodel

    By Mike Dodd The LifeWise Team recently completed a fully accessible bathroom project for a Kansas City Northland-area couple.  Alice was confined to a wheelchair and had no access to the upper part of their home.  The home was a raised ranch style with the main living quarters on the upper level.  The basement area… Read more »

  • Rebuilding A Life Through Universal Design

    By Mike Dodd The production team at LifeWise Renovations® recently undertook a project to modify the home of Tom and Pam in Leawood, Kan., to accommodate Tom’s accessibility issues.  Tom was injured in a motorcycle accident in August and suffered paralysis from the chest down as a result.  We first conducted an evaluation of his… Read more »

  • Universal Design With You in Mind

    By Mike Dodd Ron Mace is considered the father of universal design.  He helped develop the country’s first accessible-building code that was adopted by the state of North Carolina in 1973 and served as a model for similar action in other states.  His work contributed to federal legislation forbidding discrimination against people with physical impairments… Read more »

  • Serving The Greatest Generation

    By Mike Dodd My father-in-law passed away suddenly last summer, just a day removed from my wife’s/his daughter’s birthday.  We were at our home in Montana when he became ill and subsequently died, collectively holding our breath while hoping that he wouldn’t pass on Kathy’s birthday.  That would have been a horrible reminder for the… Read more »

  • The LifeWise Shower

    By Nick McIntyre The three big concerns when remodeling a bathroom for anyone with disabilities is budget, wheelchair or walker access, and assisted transfer areas.  Our LifeWise Process and Imagine the Possibilities approach has led us to come up with a very unique bathroom solution. First, we like to stay within the current footprint of… Read more »