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.

Ceiling Lifts 101

 Arjo Huntleigh Ceiling Lift System installed by BFA, LLC.

Arjo Huntleigh Ceiling Lift System installed by BFA, LLC.

Ceiling lifts are a godsend for caregivers and clients who want to be independent in their homes. There are ceiling lifts for every need and every budget.

Since this equipment is meant to lift a person and transfer them to another room, you want to make sure it is reliable, sturdy and is able to complete the services you need. Also, take into consideration that ceiling lifts are long term solutions, thus you should think about this as an investment.

The most important parts of ceiling lifts are the quality and the installation. BFA LLC. is a certified dealer and installer for ARJO Huntleigh premium quality lifts. We have been working with these equipments for years and they are hospital grade, so we know they are sturdy.

Ceiling lifts have different forms of installation, so there are lots of things an installer needs to consider structurally before hand.

In above images, the lift is installed next to our clients bed and has a ceiling track that goes to the bathroom. This gives our client independence to transfer from her bed to the bathroom and back.

The installation for this ceiling tract required our team to go to the attic in order to securely bolt it. After the installation is completed, our technician needs to do a series of tests with weights around the whole track.

As you can see, ceiling lifts are a great investment, but you want to make sure that the provider is knowledgeable and has expertise with this equipment.

Do you have any questions? Want to know more about the kinds of lifts we provide?

Comment below and/ or Give us a call at 734-414-9525 .

 

Motivation Monday

This is Dan Holt. He has his law degree and is taking his exam to be able to practice as a lawyer. If you know about Cerebral Palsy, you know that it can't stop you from reaching your goals.

 

Click here to see the BBC article.

Our motivation is being advocates for people with disabilities. Everyone has the right to an accessible home and to live as independently as possible.

What is your motivation? Comment below.

Cerebral Palsy Awareness!

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March 25th is Cerebral Palsy Awareness!

Today, we want to bring awareness to CP. 

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I am trying to do my part to help to educate people about CP, as my 23 year old daughter, Sofía has Cerebral Palsy. As you all know, Sofia is the reason BFA LLC. exists!

Children and adults with Cerebral Palsy deserve more research into the cause and prevention, more research into treatment options, new thinking about the standard of care, more clinicians and scientists who specialize in it. ......

Please look up UCP- Detroit, http://www.ucpdetroit.org if you are interested in getting involved, needs resources or other information.

Why use HARMAR Pinnacle Stair Lifts?

The BFA,LLC. is a certified dealer for HARMAR lifts. The most popular are the Pinnacle stair lifts.

 HARMAR Pinnacle Stair lift installed by BFA,LLC. Click image to learn more about this lift.

HARMAR Pinnacle Stair lift installed by BFA,LLC. Click image to learn more about this lift.

Why use HARMAR Premium  Stair lifts?

  • Commercial grade

  • No maintenance required
  • Hassle-free unit
    • We do not have to repair these lifts due to their premium quality part and electronics.
  • Made in the USA
    • This means that parts and customer service are accessible and fast.
  • An investment that will last a lifetime.

... But, why not use the cheaper brands on the market?

  • Parts are made in other countries, which makes it more difficult to get parts and assistance.
  • Bad quality
    • The materials and electronics are low quality. This causes a lot of malfunctions and problems with the lift.
  • Repairs are needed after 1 year of installation.
  • Overall, this is more of a nightmare than an investment.
 

Lastly, HARMAR has three different Pinnacle Stair lift units, for three different budgets. All are premium quality and professional installed by a certified technician.

Click here to go to learn more about the HARMAR Pinnacle Stair lifts.

When it comes to accessible home modifications, especially assistive equipment, they have to be reliable. The main reason someone needs these services, is for peace of mind. The way you can have the peace of mind is when the products and the job, are premium quality and proper installation.

BFA LLC. has been working with assistive equipment, like stair lifts, since 2002. We have worked with the cheaper brands and they really are not worth it. 

As always, we want to know what you think. Feel free to comment, email us or call the BFA LLC. office to learn more about accessibility solutions.

Call us at 734-414-9525 today!

Throw back Thursday !

Happy Thursday Everyone!

Do you know what that means? Let's have a little throw back.

Here are pictures from the 2014 National Multiple Sclerosis Annual Bike Ride in Frankenmuth. Yes, I said Frankenmuth! It turned out to be a wonderful way to spend the weekend with the family and raise awareness for MS.

Luis has been cycling since he was a teenager! The MS bike rides are a great way to do the things he loves the most, spend time with family and ride bike.

The BFA LLC. family has been involved in the disability community from the very start. After having an overwhelming amount of clients with Multiple Sclerosis, Luis and Gwendolyne knew they had to be involved with MS organizations and community to learn how they could make a difference in a cause that effects too many people they knew.

Have you participated in any bike rides, walks or other events to raise awareness/ funds for an organization close to your heart?

Tell us about it in a comment below.

Make sure to like our Facebook page and instagram.

 

Wheelchairs on Airplanes

Do you or a loved one use a wheelchair for mobility? How often do you travel? What forms of travel do you prefer?

More often than not, people who travel with wheelchairs do not choose airplanes as transportation because of the inconvenience.

When you fly:

  • You cannot use your own wheelchair
  • Airplane seats do not provide the support you need
  • Wheelchairs are broken when checked in with the luggage
  • Wheelchairs even get lost

What a lot of able bodied people do not see is that wheelchairs are not accessories, they are an extension of the person. When you are transferred to another chair or worse, if you are held up in the airport because your wheelchair is lost, there are serioussituations that risk peoples lives.

Leave it to Michele Erwin, a mom of a child with disabilities, to fight for wheelchairs on airplanes. The unfortunate part is that her son cannot travel with her because it is too risky for him to fly without his chair.

Click below to watch the BBC video and learn about this incredible mom's plans for making airplane rides more comfortable for people who use wheelchairs.

 Click on image to watch the video.

Click on image to watch the video.

What is your experience with Airplane Travel? What do you think about this plan?

Comment below to start a discussion.

 

What does BFA, LLC. Offer?

Do you know all the services the BFA, LLC. team provides?

Remodeling consulting

ADA Consulting

Home evaluation

Aging in Place Design

Permitting

Project Approval

Architectural Design

 

Have you considered any of these Specialty Projects?

Whole Home Renovation

Additions

Bathroom

Kitchens

Ramps

Elevators

Ceiling Lifts

Door Opener

Power generators

Grab bars

Repairs

Call us at (734) 414-9525 to schedule an appointment to get your free estimate TODAY!

 

PyeongChang 2018 Winter Paralympics... GO USA!

Are you watching the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Paralympics?

The USA is doing amazing!

Check out the medal standings so far...

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Go to the PyeongChange 2018 Winter Paralympics page here, to stay current on the Paralympic medals.

What is your favorite Paralympic sport?

Aging in Place vs. Amenities of Assisted Livings. Can you have the best of both worlds?

Are you like most Americans who want to age in place? ... But are the assisted livings amenities intriguing and give you peace of mind? 

Guess what? You truly can have both worlds. The BFA LLC. team knows that there are circumstances where one cannot stay at home, but there are many scenarios where one can.

Check out this PBS video on a place called Beacon Hill Village, in Boston. This is a  Non-profit membership organizations that provides low cost services to seniors who want to age in place. 

One of the common concerns about living alone at home is transportation to the grocery store, being active in the community, socializing with others. The village provides all of that and more.

Watch the video below to learn more.

What do you think? Would you like to be a part of a non-profit like this?

Spring is on its way... Hello ramp season!

The BFA LLC team took advantage of this beautiful, sunny ☀️ day to install this Garden City ramp. Luis attached it to the back deck, making the ramp a continuation of the deck.

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Call us today at (734)414-9525 and go to our website ADAforAll.com to learn more about accessible spaces.
 

Update on Macomb Home Remodel

Hey Everyone!

As I mentioned in our last blog post, the BFA LLC. team is currently working on a project in Macomb, MI. The goal is to make the home completely wheelchair accessible, for our client.

Take a look at the video below to see how Beautiful the master bedroom and bathroom is turning out!

Total Home Remodel

The BFA LLC. team is currently working on a complete home remodel. We are making this home in Macomb, MI totally accessible! After demolition, the next step is to double waterproof the bathroom.

Stay tuned for more pictures on this projects progress!

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. 

Wheelchair Accessible Shower

Luis and the BFA LLC. team are currently working on this Roll-in Shower. Stay tuned to see the finished project!
Notice- there are no threshold, nothing to step over.
*The most dangerous room in the home is the bathroom.*
This is where the majority of falls happen. A roll in shower with a non slip tile floor, like this one, make the bathroom significantly safer.
Call us today at 734-414-9525 and go to our website www.ADAforall.com to learn more about accessible bathrooms.

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Wheelchair Accessible Shower

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

Accessible Bathroom 101

 Accessible Bathroom. Roll-in shower with folding bench. ADA toilet with Flip bars and bidet toilet seat.

Accessible Bathroom. Roll-in shower with folding bench. ADA toilet with Flip bars and bidet toilet seat.

Over the years, working with the disability community, bathrooms have been our top priorities. The majority of our clients injuries at home, are from the bathroom. 

"Bathrooms can be one of the most dangerous rooms in the home."

Above MS, is a helpful resource for people with MS. There, I found an Occupational Therapist giving advise on bathroom modifications. I found her tips useful, so below, I broke it down for you ,as well as, added advise from our experience.

 1. Flip Grab bar, 2. Bidet toilet seat

1. Flip Grab bar, 2. Bidet toilet seat

Grab bars

Grab bars come in different sizes and shapes. They can be installed vertically or horizontally. Flip bars are also a great option, especially next to the toilet. The flip bar, flips up and down, depending on your needs. It is helpful for transferring to the toilet.

ADA toilet

A raised toilet seat, or placing a commode with arms over a toilet, can help with transferring by reducing the distance from sitting to standing, or standing to sitting. Along with the ADA toilet, many of our clients request bidet toilet seats. For many people who have any sort of problem with decreased sensation, trunk rotation, decreased spine-motor coordination, or dexterity, bidet toilet seat help our clients with wiping and proper cleaning, a bidet toilet seat is a Godsend.

 1. Grab bars, 2. Folding shower bench

1. Grab bars, 2. Folding shower bench

 

Shower seat

A shower seat is a must for an ADA shower. We recommend a folding shower bench. This is connected to the wall, so there is no sliding of the seat. You can fold it up to be out of your way, or fold it down when you need it. If you notice the image, we install grab bars right next to the shower seat for safe transitioning. 

 Hand shower

A Hand shower allows our clients or their caregivers, to shower easily and safely. You can use it standing up or sitting down.

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1. Grab bars, 2. Hand shower, 3. Folding shower bench, 4. Roll-in Shower

 

Roll-in Shower

As an ADA specialists, we recommend an open floor design or Roll-in shower. There are no barriers to step over. Our clients can roll in and out of the shower.

Automatic Light Switch

When it comes to light switches, push pads are much easier than switches. There are different kinds, some are a glow-in-the-dark with wall templates, that are helpful for nighttime use. We also recommend automatic light switches. They turn on automatically when you enter the bathroom, using motion sensors.

Like the Occupational Therapist says, "Again, bathrooms could be inherently dangerous rooms, so it’s probably one of the most important rooms to start with certain changes or modifications. "

Reach out to us:

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email us at admin@adaforall.com

or call the BFA LLC. team at 734-414-9525

 

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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