• Living with Muscular Dystrophy

    John’s Story John has progressive muscular dystrophy. He is a total care individual who requires a total lift for transfers. John’s bathroom has a tub/shower. He had been using a sliding lift chair to access the tub. The lift chair was unable to provide enough clearance for safe transfers, and the other family members were… Read more »

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  • Transitioning Home with Dementia

    Virginia’s Story Virginia has severe dementia and was living in a nursing facility. Her son was determined to bring her home. Virginia requires assistance with all self-care tasks including bathing and toileting. She can walk short distances with assistance and uses a transport chair inside her apartment for longer distances. She is unable to go… Read more »

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  • Case Study Specific to Stroke

    Robert and Marilyn’s Story
    Robert was hospitalized after a sudden episode of right-sided weakness. He was diagnosed as having a stroke and was left with right-sided hemiparesis. His primary mode of transport was a wheelchair. The onsite home assessment revealed the entry into the bathroom was too narrow, the toilet and shower area were both inaccessible, entry into the home was limited by stairs, and the carpeting throughout the home was too high to maneuver effectively.

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  • Case Study Specific to Parkinson’s Disease

    Tim and Lisa’s Story
    Tim has early onset Parkinson’s disease with progressive mobility issues. The home, while on one level, had an inaccessible shower and toilet area. The thick pile carpet throughout had become a trip hazard with Tim’s gait issues. Lisa, his wife, was concerned about the inaccessible laundry area, insufficient access to the closet, poor storage and safety with bathing.

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  • Case Study Specific to Lower Extremity Amputation

    Terry and Maria’s Story
    Terry has had diabetes for over 20 years. As a result of the disease, he developed difficulty with circulation and lower extremity sensation. He eventually had to have his right leg amputated and not too long after that, suffered a spinal cord stroke. The family lives in a two-story home and Terry was not able to get up and down the stairs.

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  • Case Study Specific to Healthy Aging

    Frank and Sandy are in their seventies. They are active and require no assistance with their daily routines and are residing in their lifetime home. Knowing that things can change in a moment, they wanted to make changes to their home that will allow them to remain there no matter the circumstance. They contacted LifeWise to help them design and implement a bathroom revision that would work for them for many years to come.

  • Case Study Specific to Arthritic Changes

    Linda has osteoarthritis, which has resulted in decreased stability with her mobility. Often called “wear and tear” arthritis, osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis in the U.S. In most cases, over time, cartilage in joints breaks down, and OA symptoms begin to occur. OA is most commonly found in the knees, hips, hands and fingers, and spine. It is estimated more than one-third of adults in the U.S. over 65 years of age have OA

  • Case Study Specific to Spinal Cord Injury

    Jim and Kate’s world changed one day when Jim was involved in an accident while riding home from a motorcycle trip, resulting in T6-7 paraplegia and two wrist fractures. While Jim was recovering in a rehab hospital, Kate knew that their story and 1/2 home would need some changes in order for Jim to maintain independence. The home assessment revealed steps at the garage and front door entries and a master bath that had an inaccessible soaker tub, shower, toilet room, vanity and closet. There was also thick pile carpeting in the master bedroom and bathroom that would create increased difficulty with wheelchair management if not removed.

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  • Case Study Specific to Neurological Conditions

    Helen has had a series of medical complications that have affected her brain and central nervous system. She has been in and out of the hospital many times over the past year and has gone from being in a comatose state to regaining her thoughts and some movement. Now home, she is able to move around the house in an electric wheelchair. Her husband, Ben, is her primary caregiver and has not been able to get her in the shower for over a year due to the stall being raised and her limited mobility.

  • Case Study Specific to Spinal Cord Injury

    Jay was in a diving accident in his 20’s that resulted in high-level quadriplegia. He is now in his 30’s and ready to buy a new home, but was experiencing difficulty finding a place suited to his needs. After much searching, he found something that met the majority of his needs with the exception of the bathroom. The entry door was too narrow and the shower would not accommodate his shower chair and the added assistance of caregivers. LifeWise was contacted prior to the purchase of the home to determine what, if any, changes could be made to the bathroom to make it accessible.

  • Case Study Specific to Orthopedic Conditions

    Sylvia was in a motorcycle accident in her 20’s resulting in a TBI with right-sided hemiparesis and expressive aphasia. She is now in her 60’s and experiencing orthopedic issues in her left side knee and shoulder, making it difficult to transfer and reach items above shoulder height. Her primary mode of transport is a manual wheelchair and stand pivot transfers accomplished by pulling herself into a standing position. A home assessment was completed and found the following issues: inability to access the bathroom due to a narrow door opening, unsafe tub and shower transfers due to limited access, difficulty with meal prep and transport of hot food items, difficulty managing bed to wheelchair transfers, and difficulty accessing the kitchen sink, laundry, and storage areas.

  • Case Study Specific to Impaired Lower Extremity Function

    Jessica has a progressive neuromuscular disorder, Charcot Marie Tooth syndrome. Overtime, she has lost hand function, the use of both of her legs and uses an electric wheelchair for mobility. She lives alone in a single-level accessible home but was finding the bathroom more challenging to navigate. The placement of the bathtub in proximity to the toilet was creating increased difficulty with her lateral transfers and her ability to complete bathing and toileting tasks. Jessica, now in her 50’s lives alone, works, and is very independent. She is adamant about being able to continue to live in her home and care for herself, but it was becoming more physically taxing and unsafe to carry out daily routines.

  • Case Study Specific to Cognitive Changes

    Robin was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and as her condition progressed, it became increasingly difficult for the family and caregivers to get her in the shower. Over 3 months passed without being able to successfully bathe her and it was becoming clear that Robin’s wish of wanting to remain in the home was becoming less realistic with time. The initial home assessment revealed a small shower enclosure that was the source of much angst with the showering process as behavioral outbursts were common for her during this time. It also revealed a toilet in close proximity to the shower.