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West Bloomfield Bathroom Remodeling Project

CURRENT WEST BLOOMFIELD PROJECT. 

#BFA,llc help you create a beautiful, comfortable, and functional new bathroom that you can be proud of. You can be confident knowing our accessibility specialists will assist you with custom grab bar placements and designs. Our TEAM will provide the highest quality and timely work to ensure that you end up with a beautiful and accessible design that will meet your needs and look beautiful. The end result is a better quality of life and a beautiful bathroom that will increase the value of your home. We have access to any fixtures, tile, and decorative as well as functional grab bars and systems to fully customize your shower.

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Bathroom Accessibility- Solutions for your home

Independence in the bathroom is one of the most challenging tasks for independence and safety in the home. BFA,llc Contractor offers a variety of bathroom modifications to minimize risks and ensure your peace of mind.

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The Wet Room, Farmington Hills

Wet rooms are waterproof bathrooms where there are no shower trays to step into or and obstacles can be kept to a minimum. Having everything ‘level-access’ and immediately accessible is the ultimate in hassle-free bathing. Wheelchair users won’t have to worry about getting in and out of a shower or bath. Simply wheel a bathing chair to the desired position, have a wash, get dried and get on with the rest of your day!

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Wellness Wednesday

Happy Wednesday Friends!

In honor of Wellness Wednesday, lets talk about exercise!

There are many kinds of exercises you can do, no matter your age or ability.

What Tyrell told The mighty in his interview is right, “Being disabled, we always have to adapt.” He says "started small" at home, using water battles as weights and from there progressed. Even if you cannot move a certain muscle, ask for help.

Watch the video below that Tyrell Eddy and Lisa Rivera from The Axis Project in New York City, made on 7 simple exercises you can do in a wheelchair.

Click here for the full article and read Tyrell and Lisa's descriptions.

I will leave you all with this quote from Tyrell, 

“Even if you have no mobility, but can move your head, keep moving your head. Keep moving something, The more you do it, the better it gets, the stronger you get.”

What is your favorite exercise? Which exercise looks interesting to you? 

Leave a comment below.

Commercial Vertical Lifts

The BFA, LLC. Team works on Commercial jobs as well as Residential. This HARMAR Lift can be installed on buildings where a ramp may be too long. This lift requires our experienced team, with an elevator technician and ADA contractor, to get the job done.

Call us today at (734)414-9525 and visit our website ADAforAll.com learn more about the services and equipment we provide. 

MI Paralyzed Veterans of America's Online Auction

The BFA LLC. team has known the Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America for years now. They are an immensely valuable resource to the community. As a nonprofit, they need our help to continue to directly serve their organization’s mission. 

The MI Paralyzed Veterans of America has opened their online Auction! Take a look at the great items or do some holiday shopping, while supporting their mission. Wondering what kind of items are in the Auction?

  • 2 tickets to the November 23rd, 2017 Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vickings Game
  • 4 tickets to Henry Ford Museum or Greenfield Village
  • City of Livonia Golf Division Foursome Gift Certificate for 9 holes of golf
  • Bagger Daves Gift Certificate and so much more!

Click here to check out the Auction!

Happy shopping and Thank You for your support.

Are you a Disabled Veteran?

BFA LLC. is proud to be on the Department of Veteran Affairs Contractor List for the State of Michigan. We have worked with disabled Veteran clients, whom have received Housing Grants from the VA. The purpose of the Housing grants are to enhance disabled Veterans quality of life by providing a safe, barrier free home, where they can live as independently as they can.

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Through our experience, many of our Veteran clients have no knowledge that they have these grants available to them. And, much to our surprise, we found it difficult to find detailed explanations of their options. Thankfully, we found a document from Julian Gray Associates , where Cindy S. Alvear,  clearly explained the grants available and the specifications to qualify for them.

The VA offers a few different Housing Grants:

Specially Adapted Housing Grant (SAH)

  • Veteran may receive up to $67,555 for accessible home modifications.
  • Veteran is only qualified if they were permanently disabled during service.
  • Click here for details.

Special Home Adaptation Grant

  • Veteran may receive up to $13,511 for any accessible home modifications.
  • Veterans qualify if permanently and totally disabled as a resulf of Military service.
  • Click here for details.

Click here for more information on SAH and SHA grants from the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Home Improvement and Structural Assistance (HISA)

  • Veteran may receive $2,000 to $6,800 for accessible home modifications.
  • Veterans qualify if disabled as a result of service related or non service related conditions.
  • Requires a perscription from VA facility or physician.
  • " A HISA grant is available to veterans who have received a medical determination indicating that improvements and structural alterations are necessary or appropriate for the effective and economical treatment of a disability. The HISA program does not cover major modifications that are generally covered by the SAH grant program. For instance, handrails installed in showers are covered under HISA, while widening a bathroom doorway is not. A veteran may receive both a HISA grant and either a Special Home Adaptation (SHA) grant or a Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant."
  • Click here for more details.

Are you wondering if you qualify? Do you know where or how to get started?

If you are asking yourself these overwhelming question, contact the BFA LLC. team today!    We have contacts at the Department of Veteran Affairs that we can directly connect you to. Don't wait any longer.

Ask for Gwen, mention this article and receive a 10% Discount! Call 734-414-9525

**Discount Expires on 11/13/2017**

Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America Annual Salute to Veterans Gala

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November 11th, 2017 is Veterans Day, where we  honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.

The BFA LLC. Family has been involved with the Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America for years. We are proud sponsors for the Annual Salute to Veterans Gala. The MPVA is passionate about enhancing the quality of life of Veterans and focuses on the local community. 

The Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America (MPVA) Annual Salute to Veterans Gala will be taking place on Friday, November 10, 2017. This event is a way for all of us to take time out to remember what Veterans Day is all about and it is a day to honor those who are serving, those who have served, and those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

The Salute to Veterans Gala will be held at the Suburban Collection Showplace from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Suburban Collection in Novi, Michigan.

This benefit is the MPVA’s largest annual fundraising event and proceeds will not only assist MPVA programs, but it will also support other organizations serving Michigan’s veterans.

During this time, the MPVA will also striving to host an Online Auction from November 3-17, 2017 in hopes to raise more funds that directly serve our organization’s mission. The Salute to Veterans Online Auction will be available on the website: http://www.biddingforgood.com/mpva/2017.

For more information go to www.michiganpva.org or download the event brochure here

Water Therapy?

Sofia and her PT Christie, enjoying therapy in the pool.

Sofia and her PT Christie, enjoying therapy in the pool.

I recently came across a nonprofit organization, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of kids with Autism and their families. And, well, that is right up our alley! 

Izzy, a pro-surfer and father of two, found out his son, Isaiah, had Autism at the age of three. After a rough day and no one being able to reach Isaiah, Izzy took him on the surf board with him in hopes that the waves would help Isaiah in the way they help him. The waves did exactly that, so he started his non profit, Surfers Healing, a surf camp for kids with Autism and their families.

Besides relating to the passion for enhancing the quality of lives of people with disabilities and their families, I could also relate to seeing the water, especially the ocean, be therapeutic for Sofia. As many of  you know, Sofia is the inspiration to our families business. Just like Izzy, Luis and Gwendolyne knew that there were other families dealing with the same difficulties and wanted to a resource to them. 

Sofia and Gwendolyne on the beach in Turks and Caico.

Sofia and Gwendolyne on the beach in Turks and Caico.

Sofia loves Adventure, so our family cruise to the Caribbean was her cup of tea! Did I mention she loves being in the water? I have never seen her be in a bad mood when she is in the water, even in the shower. Her favorite part of summer is going to PT in the pool. So, of course we had to take her to the beach. After figuring out a way to take her to the shore, in her wheelchair, and successfully complete it, she was finally in the water. Sofia radiated pure joy. You could tell her body was relaxed, her muscles didn't hurt and she was in paradise. Literally!

The point I am trying to make, is that I am finding more and more people in the disability community, find relief and a sense of calm in the water. Have you tried  any kind of water therapy? What is your experience with your loved one with disabilities and the water? 

Let us know in a comment below.

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Pets and their Special Abilities

 Sofia and Hana (family pet)

 Sofia and Hana (family pet)

Our family loves animals, especially dogs! What can I say, we are dog people :)

Truthfully, the main reason for getting a dog was for Sofia, our loved one with Cerebral Palsy. We knew many people in the disability community who had dogs and mentioned that the dogs enhanced their quality of life. This resulted in extensive research on different breeds and deciding what we wanted in a dog. Once we decided, we welcomed Hana, a red Shiba Inu, to the family. As you can see, Hana is always by Sofia, she even sleeps with her. There is a special bond between human and animal, but I believe it is even more special when the dog has a purpose/ job. In our case, Hana is not a professionally trained dog, but she knows Sofia needs special attention and care, making Hana her helper.

From research I have read, there is a common misconception that service dogs are meant for people with visual impairments, but that is not the case. There are many ways a service animal can help anyone, especially with physical disabilities, M.S. in particular.

Sofia, Grandma and Hana (family pet)

Sofia, Grandma and Hana (family pet)

In the National MS magazine, Momentum, I found a great article about pets helping people with MS. They mention that there is no specific animal that is good for MS. Really, any animal that gives you joy and that can motivate you to be responsible for something other than yourself. They also  explain that trained service animals help improve balance, compensate for numb or spastic hands, provide visual assistance.

What I love the most about this article, is that it has stories of people with MS and their experiences with pets.

Brenda Bolster said, “Every day, Sam (her dog) made me get up and focus on him and not my MS. Along with the joy and comfort he gave me, I found myself working harder to regain my strength in my arms and legs so I could walk him and carry him.”

Pets aren't only therapeutic for the person with disability, but also their caregivers and family members. Worrying about your loved one with the disease is a lot of stress. Bolster found that Sam helped her husband release stress as well.

Whether your furry helper is a service dog or family pet, “nothing can compare to the unconditional love and emotional support they give you,” Bolster says. “They are such a healing thing for the whole family.”

We cannot agree more!

Read the full article here to learn more about service animals and their benefits.

Let us know your experience with your pets or service animals by commenting below.