Monthly Archives: April 2013

Why An Accessible Bathroom? Part 1

Why An Accessible BathroomNo matter the disability, the bathroom can be seen as one of the most challenging rooms to maneuver in the home. Having independence in the bathroom can be very challenging when considering accessibility and safety. While it can prove to be difficult, achieving safety and independence with bathroom modifications is not only possible, it is also customizable, attractive, and safe!

Modifying a bathroom can be seen as a very personal project. When modifying a bathroom, it’s imperative that the alterations meet the needs of the physical limitations that people are living with. These alterations lead to a customized bathroom space, and each person living with a disability has a different set of needs and preferences.

An accessible bathroom does not have to mean stark and institutional. It can be as beautiful and luxurious as you can imagine it to be. UDS provides beautiful tile, stylish sinks, and modern fixtures that help accommodate accessibility, independence, and safety.

Finally, a truly accessible modification to your bathroom is ultimately focused on safety. This space must be safe for you, ranging from something as simple as strategically placing a grab bar for balance, to something as complete as a full bathroom remodel.

Visit the UDS eStore today to learn more about in-home modification options!

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Smart Business: Hiring People With Disabilities

Hiring People With Disabilities 4 22 13All too frequently, individuals with disabilities are overlooked when applying for jobs. At UDS, we are driven to help those with disabilities find jobs through our employment services program. UDS Employment Services is designed to meet the needs of local employers and individuals with disabilities. Our counselors work one-on-one with individuals through all of phases of the employment process, from job assessment all the way to job maintenance. UDS Employment Services helps not only those looking for full-time positions, but those considering part-time, seasonal, temporary, and internship positions. To learn more about UDS Employment Services, take a look at the video.

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Do You Know About Our Construction Services?

Contemporary Bathroom with Handicapped Access

Contemporary Bathroom with Handicapped Access

UDS can help you with home modification products and equipment installation in the South Central PA region. Our process for construction services combines our technical knowledge and disability-specific expertise.

Individual needs assessment
Working together with you, we determine which livability needs can be met through home modifications, assistive technology and low-cost standardized solutions.  Our accessibility counselors each have over 20 years’ direct experience with persons with disabilities, as well as extensive design expertise.  Put their experience to work for you.

Home evaluation
We inspect your home to identify possible zoning, code, condition and structural issues that will affect the design/installation process. We believe there should be no surprises.

Modification feasibility assessment
We assess the appropriateness of specific products and modifications, including your ability to safely utilize the products, cost estimates and the effect on your home’s resale value. Our goal is to maximize home accessibility, safety and independence, all while staying on budget.

Construction/Installation
This is where our experience in accessibility and construction assures the desired results.  We supervise the entire construction/installation process, from start to finish.  Our trade specialists are fully licensed, insured and experienced in installing all of the specialized equipment available on our e-store.

If you are interested in discussing your Home Modification project with us, please contact us.

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Accessible Bathrooms: Walk-In Showers

60" x 30" - 5 Piece Shower Unit with 4" Threshold

60″ x 30″ – 5 Piece Shower Unit with 4″ Threshold

Selected for its walk-in design, ease of installation, structural base and integrated wood backing, this shower is also ideal for residential or commercial use. The design minimizes the chances of being installed in a non-accessible manner, having grab bars installed without proper backing. This compact shower is packaged for easy handling and designed for easy installation from the front.

Walk-In Shower ability enhancement features include:

• Easy entry for independent living

• Secure grab bar installation at any location with full wood backing on the entire shower

• Unique easy-step design with textured floor keeps the water in while reducing slips and falls

• Multiple shower head locations for easy reach and independence

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Create a Tiled Shower with Tuff-Form

The Tuff-Form system provides complete barrier free showering and is installed within hours. For screeded floors, it eliminates the need to allow several days drying time. The floor covering (vinyl or ceramic tiles) can be installed the next day. View products needed for easy installation by browsing the entire eStore at estore.udservices.org.

Wall Mounted Glass Shower Screen

Wall Mounted Glass Shower Screen

Wall Mounted Glass Shower Screen

Use this tempered glass shower screen to enclose your walk-in shower or Tuff Form roll-in shower: 76 3/4″ high.

 

 

 

 

Tuff-Form Pre-formed Tile Base

Tuff-Form Pre-formed Tile Base

Tuff-Form Pre-formed Tile Base

The Tuff-Form provides a complete waterproof wet room shower system. The pitch to drain is already built in, eliminating the need to profile the floor manually.

Create custom-sized and custom-shaped tile showers with this innovative system. Use the waterproofing to waterproof the entire floor, creating an attractive wet room system. Cut to any length within 6″ of the drain without loss of structural integrity. Install vinyl or tile floor the next day. Perfect for contractors – saves time and money versus manually profiling a floor. Installs in hours, not days.

 

Standard Installation Kit for Ceramic Tile Flooring with Drain

Standard Installation Kit for Ceramic Tile Flooring with Drain

Standard Installation Kit for Ceramic Tile Flooring, with Drain

Required installation kit for ceramic tile, including one drain for ceramic tile plus 22 lb. drum Mapegum waterproofing sealer; two rolls of 20′ Mapegum tape; two packs Mapeband internal corners; one Mapeband drain gasket (15.375″ X 15.375″); and two packs Mapeband pipe inlet kit.

 

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