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March 2016 Newsletter

| Owen Barclay |

Owen - Founder


As the saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither was this company. In fact, it’s been 6 years in the making and we are ready to move to the next level. What is the next level? That’s when we can start taking our proven processes and techniques and start to share them with a wider audience.

When our founder Owen Barclay opened the doors, one of the goals was to reach as many people as possible with solutions that worked. As we all know, when you’re facing a functional challenge, an off the shelf solution doesn’t always work. Ergo the need for Occupational Therapists and construction specialists like us to create or facilitate the solution that does work.

Through this bi-monthly and special issue newsletter, we’re going to start sharing in more depth the products and ideas that have worked for our clients, show you new technologies when we discover them, and keep you up to date on industry happenings. We sincerely hope that you continue to subscribe to the publication, and that you share it with your colleagues, and perhaps even a client or two. We also welcome ideas on solutions to present or comments on our articles. Together we can help clients live longer, safer, and more comfortably in their homes. So please join us, first in toasting this first issue of our new newsletter, and secondly, in continuing the discussion on solutions that work to modify our built environment to one that is “accessable” to all!


Admittedly, grab bars have had an unsightly and very institutional look to them. Usually they are installed in bathrooms, and the products have greatly contrasted with the beautiful design & style that homeowners, and others alike, have worked so hard to achieve. Well, not any more! Today, grab bars are installed in all areas of the house, not just the bathroom.

Manufacturers of high end plumbing fixtures and accessories are now producing grab bars in a variety of colors, textures and lengths that compliment any decor. Grab bars should be installed professionally to ensure they are well secured for your safety and to avoid damaging surfaces such as tile and drywall. They should be placed in locations that are convenient and that offer the best support. Also, it is best to consult a therapist prior to installation so the grab bars are installed in a place that works best for you.

Accessable Home & Property Services, specializes in the custom remodeling of your home, creatively converting your home into an “Accessable” home.

To Age-In-Place, people often need to adapt their home so that their living space is safe, and comfortable. Usually, the more functional the home, the longer it will work. As Certified Aging-In-Place Specialists and as a fully licensed Contractor, we deliver solutions that can make a significant difference. Solutions need to be cost-effective, yet practical and aesthetically pleasing.

The best plan is to incorporate adaptations into the home while performing other upgrades.

We want to provide help to those in need, with services that make a difference in your life.


  • Grab Bars
  • Bathtub to Shower Conversions
  • Bathtub Walk Through Inserts
  • Walk-in Bathtubs
  • Bathtub and Shower Seats
  • Ramps
  • Handrails and Wallrails
  • Stair and Porch Lifts/Elevators
  • Door Widening/Offset Hinges
  • Patient Lifts
  • Handyman Service


“When I needed my bathroom renovated so that I could have wheelchair accessibility, I knew I wanted Owen on the job. When I saw the great job he had done for a friend and how pleased she was with the final result, I called Owen. He knew what I required, made pertinent suggestions as the renovation progressed, and included me in any aesthetic decisions. Now my bathroom is not only functional, but it is too beautiful to behold. Not only was the cost reasonable, but it was done in a timely fashion. Owen’s has a charming personality that makes him a joy to work with.”


Come join us for the upcoming industry trade shows….

Tuesday March 29, 2016 The Abilities Expo’16 at the Exhibition Hall of the Roundhouse Community Centre from Noon to 5 p.m. This multi-agency resource fair each year connects hundreds of individuals with disabilities with Metro Vancouver’s most useful service providers.

Monday April 5, 2016 at the HME Home Medical Equipment Fair 8am-4pm at the Abbotsford Tradex. With over 35 vendor exhibitors confirmed and educational sessions, you will have hands-on access to a broad range of equipment you use day-to-day. Click here for more information. Stay tuned for more information as the dates get closer.


HAFI – Home Adaptations For Independence is out of money and will have more funding when they start their new fiscal year in April 2016. Now is the perfect opportunity to get your projects and paperwork in order.


A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse. ”But why?” they asked, as they moved off. ”because,” he said ”I can’t stand chess nuts boasting in an open foyer.”


March 25 Good Friday Closed
March 29 – Abilities Expo’16
April 5 – HME Fair