Monthly Archives: February 2013

Accessible Bathrooms: 3 Aspects To Consider

Accessible bathrooms United Disabilities ServicesIndependence in the bathroom is one of the most challenging tasks for accessibility and safety in the home.  No matter the disability, the bathroom is almost always one of the most challenging rooms to maneuver in. It is difficult to feel at home, let alone safe, if you don’t have secure access to your own bathroom. Achieving safety and independence with bathroom modifications is not only possible, but also:

Customizable.   Modifying a bathroom is, by definition, a very personal project. It includes making alterations to a living space to meet the needs of physical limitations that people may be living with so that they can live a much more independent life.  A customized bathroom space will depend on an individual’s needs, preferences, and space available.

Attractive accessibility doesn’t mean stark or institutional. An accessible bathroom can be as beautiful and luxurious as you imagine it to be.  Beautiful tile, stylish sinks and modern fixtures don’t have to be sacrificed and can easily accommodate accessibility, independence, and safety.

Safe true accessible modifications are primarily focused on altering spaces for safe movement and creating a safe flow.  Safety can range from something as simple as strategically placing a grab bar for balance to a full bathroom remodel.

For more on accessible bathrooms, click here.

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Interactive 2013 UDS Home Modifications Product Catalog

Check out our completely interactive 2013 UDS Product Catalog! This isn’t a typical catalog: it’s completely interactive, allowing you to flip the pages like an online magazine. Each product is clickable back to the listing on the online store. You can also download a PDF version to save and/or print. The cover and an online spread are featured below. We look forward to providing your home modification needs for 2013!

UDS 2013 Product Catalog

UDS 2013 Product Catalog

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Our eStore is your home modification resource

We have a special kind of expertise when it comes to making homes accessible for individuals with disabilities. A contractor or remodeler certainly has the technical skills required to construct a project, but where UDS makes a difference is in the planning, knowledge of the range of solutions available, being comfortable in interactions with individuals with disabilities and making the home modification experience a good one for everyone. We understand the challenges individuals with disabilities face and can assist you through the project. Here are the numerous types of projects we can help make possible:

Shower Head System available at our eStore.

Shower Head System available at our eStore.

Handicap Accessible Bathrooms.
 We offer roll-under sinks, walk-in tubs with bath seats, bathtub lifts, handicap showers with shower seats and grab bars. We can help with handicap bathroom modifications such as out-swing doors, hand-held showerheads, easy-transfer toilets, wheelchair turnaround areas, grab bars, non-slip surfaces and easy-access storage.

Handicap Accessible Kitchens. 
People who use wheelchairs need an easy-to-use kitchen. We can help you plan, purchase and install proper height/easy-access front-operated appliances, roll-under and pullout work areas, lower counters and cabinets, easy-access storage, recessed baseboards, non-slip surfaces and improved lighting.

Independent Living Bedrooms. We can help you with built-in beds and cabinets, bedside controls, direct bathroom access, wheelchair-convenient storage, easy-access closets and reinforced ceilings for lifting equipment.

Public Facility and Workplace Modifications.
 We design and contract for modifications to offices, churches, schools, libraries, museums and community centers that allow easier access and greater usability.

Home Medical Equipment. In addition to accessible home modifications and equipment designed to help you live more independently, UDS offers a full line of durable medical equipment including wheelchairs, power wheelchairs, hospital beds, lift chairs, walkers and personal emergency alert systems.

Click here to visit our eStore.

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Doored Bathtubs

Doored bathtubs allow users to enter the bathtub without having to climb in. When the doors are swung open, an entryway a few inches above the floor is created. Once properly seated in the tub, water temperature adjustments are made easy with oversized faucet controls. Doored bathtubs may include hand-held showerheads, stationary showerheads or Jacuzzi water jets.

Doored bathtub

Doored bathtubs often have a low threshold door to enable easy entry and exit. They can be ordered with or without the upper surround wall. A bather can sit comfortably in a slightly reclined position or shower while standing or sitting. They are carefully designed to accommodate the user without sacrificing installation space and look polished in homes and institutions.  They are also available with a removable lift access cover or full front and side panels that can be installed either against a wall or in a corner.

Doored bathtub shown in our eStore.

Doored bathtub, lower right of photo, shown in our eStore.

Bathing can be incredibly challenging for people in wheelchairs or with mobility issues. Doored bathtubs are often designed with contoured seats for a safer transfer from wheelchair to bath and vice versa. Doored bathtub users can take a seated bath or use the seat as leverage and balance. For more information on doored bathtubs, click here.

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