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May 2016

| Owen Barclay |
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PLEASE TAKE A SEAT… Have you  considered having  a fold down shower seat installed for your client in their shower? Today there are many different designs available to match any bath décor, that allow you to have a padded seat that folds down in the shower when you need to sit, and fold up out of the way when you don’t. The fold up benches have  become more popular than the old standard plastic white shower seat that takes up space and always in the way. For your client’s safety, make sure that the seats are anchored securely in the tile. 


The Home Adaptations for Independence (HAFI) program provides financial assistance to help eligible low-income seniors and people with disabilities in British Columbia, allowing them to continue to live in the comfort of their home by making home improvements and adaptations for accessibility to promoting safe and independent living. As physical needs change, so too does the need to modify the home environment, even small home adaptations make a big difference in the lives of people who wish to remain in their homes longer. If you would like more information or to apply for this BC Housing grant, go to BC Housing for more information, or contact us at 604-259-9774 or online at . We will be happy to do an assessment and provide a quote for your renovations.


Elevating devices  are different lifts available that are used to help transport individuals safely from one floor or elevation to the next. Typically, elevating devices take over from where even floored surfaces or ramps leave off and the stairs begin. It is important to find the right lift for your client’s needs, as each lift is different and generally falls into 1 of 4 categories:

Chair (stair) Lifts – this is a device that is affixed to the treads of your stairs. A chair is provided to sit on while a battery driven motor travels along the rail from one floor to another. They have all the safety features you could ask for. There are indoor and outdoor models. They are economical for straight staircases and rise for curved ones. Different models can carry varying weight loads which can affect performance and product life

Incline Platforms (IPL) –  similar to a chair lift, but this device transports users from floor to floor using a platform lift made for a wheelchair user. These are more often used indoors and are considerably more expensive than a straight stair lift but have significantly more to them since IPL’s have a tower on one side which is the electronics and gears. . 

Vertical Platform Lift (VPL) – similar to a Platform lift, but it goes straight up and down like an elevator. The most popular applications are for outdoors to elevate a client form a main floor to a porch or sundeck. This requires the least amount of modifications. Otherwise, concrete pads may need to be poured or an access point created into the house. Considering other options, a VPL can be a very cost effective solution.

Elevators – The cost of residential elevators has come down relatively speaking. A great many people building custom homes are now incorporating one into their plans or at least the shaft for future addition. Retrofitting an existing home for one can be very costly due to the structural changes that need to take place.

Because Accessable Home and Property Service is not a dealer, but works with many dealers, we have access to a wide range of different models and brands for each of the various lifts. Over the years, we have successfully worked with many individual clients to help them determine which lift device and model is best suited for their needs and budget, resulting in successful lift installations and clients who are pleased with their choices. Call us today and let us help find the right lift for you!!

Owen - Founder


CONGRATULATIONS to Laura Hanayli who was our winner for the free $50 gift certificate to The Keg Restaurant. Thank you to all who came by our booth at the HME FAIR, it was nice to see you.

Q: How many Therapists does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: None. They teach the lightbulb to change itself.