A letter to Caregivers

"Caregiving is not easy, and I wish more people knew that it is a full-time, around-the-clock job, every single day."

I was hooked on this letter, from The mighty, after reading this sentence.

 Many of you know that we are a family owned business. The owners are husband and wife, who started BFA LLC. accessible home modifications company out of a need for accessible home modifications, for their daughter with Cerebral Palsy. The owners are also caregivers for their daughter.

Accessible Home modifications help people with disabilities have a better quality of life with the independence and safety they provide, but it helps the caregivers as well! Transferring is easier AND safer for the caregiver as well, when they are in a barrier free space.

Sofia (Daughter/ inspiration) to the left, Gwendolyne (BFA LLC. CEO/ Mother/ Caregiver) to the right

Sofia (Daughter/ inspiration) to the left, Gwendolyne (BFA LLC. CEO/ Mother/ Caregiver) to the right

As I read this article, I could relate. I imagine some of you can as well. 

This letter is from one mom caregiver to another:

"I completely understand what it’s like to devote your life to care for someone else and neglect your own needs. It started taking a toll on me. You helped me recognize that it is good — and at times necessary — to let people in and accept help."
"I learned that asking for help doesn’t make me any less of a mother or a caregiver.
As caregivers, we need to nourish ourselves."

 

The writer also reminds us...

 "It’s in everyone’s best interest that I’m the best version of myself, so that I can help my son live a successful and healthy life."

Caregivers are the glue that keep us together and going. 

The team at BFA LLC. is dedicated to enhancing our clients quality of life. We are passionate about accessibility solutions. We live in a home that is completely accessible, so we use the services and products that we provide our clients, everyday.

Caregivers, What do you do the de-stress?

Sensory Kits at Restaurants

If you have a loved one or friend, with a sensory processing disorder, you know that it may be stressful going to restaurants. Anova, the nonprofit for children with sensory and learning differences, is now providing restaurants with sensory-freindly kits specifically designed to avoid meltdowns.

This all started when Jackie Hadley, Anova’s manager of charitable development and community relations, mentioned that she had many parents and family say that they just do not go out to restaurants due to the challenges related with sensory processing disorders.

What a great idea!
Unfortunately, the Anova kits are only in 11 restaurants in California...But, The Mighty has also provided a link to make one yourself. Click here to make your own sensory kit.

Let us know if you made a kit, or already have a versions of a kit.

 

Yoga & MS

After hearing from friends and clients with MS, talk about Yoga benefiting them, I decided I wanted to learn more.

Right on the National Multiple Sclerosis Website, in the exercise category, there is a very informative piece that explains the benefits of Yoga, especially for those with MS. The overview starts with this:
                         "The word ‘yoga’ means to yoke or join together—uniting the mind, body and spirit. Joining physical poses with the breath, action with thought, and awareness with intention can bring peace to body, mind and spirit. The simple practice of breathing, something all of us do every day without thought, becomes a powerful tool when you can become aware of how your breathing affects every part of your body. As you learn how to focus awareness on your breathing, you can observe how your mind can feel calmer and your body more relaxed."

The article continues to explain that anyone can practice yoga. There is adaptive yoga, poses you can do in a chair or wheelchair. Meditation and its benefits are also mentioned. 

You can read the article here, to learn more about the benefits of Yoga and for resources to find a qualified instructor.

" If you have ever wondered whether yoga is something you can do, it is.
    If you have ever wondered whether yoga is too difficult, it's not."

Have you or a friend taken a Yoga MS class?
What did you think?
 

Glamping?!

Yurt with an accessible entrance.

Yurt with an accessible entrance.

Have you heard of Glamping, or glamorous camping?

Glamping is a "comfort-focused way" to enjoy the outdoors. Thanks to this trend, people with disabilities can now enjoy the great outdoors easier than ever. Lynn Anderson, a professor in the recreation, parks and leisure studies department at the State University of New York at Cortland mentions in the Momentum article that “You’re able to spend time in the outdoors overnight but have some of the amenities that you’re used to in everyday life to facilitate that experience.”

Karen Francisco, a customer service specialist who was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS says, “I go for lots of walks. The quiet is very peaceful, and the fresh air is energizing. It gives me the opportunity to think about life and decompress.” Wouldn't you agree that wilderness therapy is a great way to de-stress?

Check out the article here to read more stories of fellow glampers with MS telling their experiences with glamping. The article also provides information on planning your next trip and places to stay that are accessible.

Yurt with an accessible entrance.

Yurt with an accessible entrance.

“I tell people to think about the experience they’d like to have, rather than potential limitations. Maybe it’s getting into the mountains, or maybe it’s waking up to the sound of crashing surf? With glamping, there are ways to make it possible.”

I am inspired to plan my next trip. Are you?

Custom Wreath Business

Meet James Hall, or "Monnie" from Iowa. What started as hobby, making custom themed wreaths for friends and family, has now turned into a business. Monnie has a always had an eye for his crafts and it shows when you see the end result.

Go to Monnie's website to learn more about him and his products.

Go to Monnie's website to learn more about him and his products.

As a family business, we like to support other small business owners. Especially if the owner has a disability. As you know, people with disabilities are underrepresented in the business world, so it is important to do our part.

Monnie makes an emphasizes on his abilities, rather than his disability. On an interview with The Mighty, Monnie mentioned that more than anything else, he wants his business to focus on what he can do and hopes to inspire others with disabilities to know they can start their own business too.

“Don’t focus on your disabilities — you have plenty of abilities!” says Monnie to The Mighty, “I believe everyone should be an advocate for themselves, whether they have a disability or not.”

Check out Monnie's Custom Handmade Wreaths website here.

Accessibility option on Google Maps

 

On Thursday, Google made an announcement, in a blog post, that they have  "a new initiative that will help people with disabilities find more accessible destinations through Google Maps."

So, Google has made a setting where users can add whether or not a location is accessible.
A representatives from google made this statement: 

“Many of us take for granted simple things like walking through a doorway, taking the stairs to the next floor, or always having a comfortable seat at a restaurant table, but for tens of millions of people worldwide, those very things aren’t possible unless a place has a wheelchair accessible entrance, elevator or accessible seating.”

If you use Google Maps, you can add information to let others know if destination is: wheelchair-accessible entrance, has an elevator, seating or parking.

"So far, accessibility information has been added to over 7 million locations."

The world is recognizing accessibility as a standard ! This is great news for the disability community.

Check out the Mighty article here.

I don't need that yet...

When it comes to having an accessible home, the best advice we can give you is to think ahead !

Families often call us after mom has fallen for the second or third time. We want to be able to prevent you or your loved one from that happening in the first place.

This is why I was immediately sucked in to this article from Momentum, the magazine for the Nation MS Society.  The article has stories of individuals with MS. Read below to learn from their experience.

accessible bathroom by BFA llc.

After Anthony Andrade noticed difficulty going up and down stairs, he got a ramp. Anthony says, “Now I can drive my electric wheelchair up the ramp. It’s so much easier getting in and out of the house. And I can be home by myself.”

Another women diagnosed with MS, Retta Yorns mentioned this, “I knew things would become more difficult for me, so we started making certain adaptations." She renovated the bathroom and kitchen, as well as the doorways and floors throughout her house to make them more accessible. “I’m not using a wheelchair now, but I’m trying to think ahead,” Yorns says.

“Often people don’t want to do something until they need it, But you want to stay ahead of the curve, even if you don’t need it right now.”

Check out the article here.

How Story telling can help people with Alzheimer

When Jay moved her dad with Alzheimer's into a care facility, she made a short narrative, with photos and gave background on his career. She found that this information helped her dad form bonds with his caregivers.

This was the beginning of Memory Well. Memory Well is " a network of journalists who tell stories of people who can't tell their own, helping caregivers understand them and improve their quality of life."

Check out this great story here.

Ability App

Ellen Degeneres gives Alex Knoll $25,000 for Ability App

Ellen Degeneres gives Alex Knoll $25,000 for Ability App

"Accessing public spaces can be difficult if you have a disability. All too often, a store doesn’t have an automatic door, a restaurant has narrow aisles or a playground doesn’t have wheelchair accessible play areas. After conducting his own research, Knoll came up with the idea for Ability App — an app designed to help people with disabilities navigate public spaces. "

Having a family member with Cerebral Palsy who uses a wheelchair, we know first hand the challenges people with disabilities face when they travel. 

Check out the article here!

Would you use this app? Let us know!

Wheelchair Accessible Water Park

Morgans inspiration Island, wheelchair accessible splash park in San Antonio.

Morgans inspiration Island, wheelchair accessible splash park in San Antonio.

Wheelchair accessible water park? WHAT?! ... YES!

A first-of-its-kind splash park designed from the ground up to accommodate people with disabilities will make its debut!

The splash park is completely wheelchair accessible. The park has five play areas with pools, geysers, jets, water cannons and more! There is also a five-minute jungle-themed riverboat ride with twists and turns.

“Like Morgan’s Wonderland, Morgan’s Inspiration Island is not a special-needs park; it’s a park of inclusion,” said Gordon Hartman, the philanthropist behind the parks. “Both were designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built for everyone’s enjoyment.”

 But, what we are most excited about is... specially-designed waterproof wheelchairs built just for the park will be available for visitors!

Check here to read the article and learn more about this wheelchair accessible splash park!

 

Design for Disability...

The BFA LLC. Team is excited to see this collaboration of fashion designers and the Cerebral Palsy Foundation. Accessibility is our passion and fashion is another way to incorporate our mission.

" The Cerebral Palsy Foundation partnered with the nation’s top fashion schools to design clothing which will transform the fashion experience for people with disabilities. "

Six designers from Parsons FashionPratt Institute and Fashion Institute of Technology, have created three outfits each that will be featured in this 6 part series. Get exclusive access and vote for your favorite designer!

Check out #Design4Disability 2017 and sign up to be part of our 6 part web series starting June 6th. http://yourcpf.org/design-for-disability/ 

BFA,llc... brings Accessible Solutions to any home.

Check out the #Accessible Home Modifications... Call us today today at 734-414-9525. Kitchen Remodeling, Accessible Laundry, Vertical Lift Platform in garage, Master bathroom Roll-In Shower.  #ADA #Accessible #accessibility#BFALLC #adaforall #accessibilitysolitions #renovations#michigan #accessibleMichigan #grabbar #toilet#wheelchair #rollinshower

Easter at the Detroit Zoo

Celebrate this holiday weekend at the Detroit Zoo for the 26th Annual Bunnyville.

April 14-April 15th

You can take photos with the Easter Bunny, get painted whiskers and play “Funny Bunny” games.

There will also be a Jelly Bean Jamboree and a golden egg hunt. 

Click here for more details.

HAPPY EASTER!

Exo- glove for people with limited Hand Mobility

Click image to watch video.

Click image to watch video.

This Exo-glove helps to pinch and grip. The glove is also waterproof!

People with limited hand mobility can use the sink, brush their teeth and even open bottles.

What a great product!

Meet Julia...

We all know that representation matters!

That is why we were all excited to meet the new member of Sesame Street, Julia. 

Julia is a fun girl who loves to play with her friends and has Autism.

Julia is a fun girl who loves to play with her friends and has Autism.

Watch "Creating Julia," by clicking on the image above. It tells the story of how Sesame Street created a character with autism, consulting more than 250 people in the autism community, including the University of Washington's own Dr. Wendy Stone.

BLACK FRIDAY WEEKEND SALE...

For Black Friday weekend ONLY, BFA llc. has fantastic offers on services and products. 

Sale includes ramps, lift systems, bathroom & kitchen modifications, rails and more.

This offer won't be repeated, so feel free to spread the word to all of your friends and family. 

This special is good through November 28, 2016.

Call 734-414-9525 to make your appointment TODAY!

Today, We Honor Veterans

To All Those  Who Have Served, & To Those Serving Now...We, Thank you! 

BFA is pleased to be an Approved Builder for SAH, SHA and HISA grants for the Department of Veterans Affairs. We are committed to give our nation’s heroes functional and affordable barrier free environments they deserve.  

To learn more about the personalized assessment our trained staff can provide to veterans, please Call 734-414-9525.

Create your Forever Home with us!

Our ramps come in a variety of colors so you can choose a color that matches your taste and style!

Contact us: 734-414-9525 for professional delivery & installation of home accessibility products!

Accessible Home Modifications Contractor in Michigan.

Phone: 734-414-9525 • P O BOX 576 Northville, MI 48167 

• Disability Contractor & Consultant  • Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS).

Need Bariatric Solutions?

Need Bariatric Solutions for a loved one? BFA llc. is here to help!

Check out the

Bariatric Maxi Sky 1000

The next generation bariatric ceiling lift system

The Maxi Sky® 1000 offers a complete ceiling lift system specifically designed to facilitate safe and dignified transfer of non-ambulatory bariatric residents/patients.

BFA llc. is a Michigan Authorized Dealers of Transfer Ceiling/Lift Solutions : ArjoHuntleigh

For qualified, free, professional advice, 

Luis & his team at BFA llc. are ready to help!

Call 734-414-9525

BFA llc. Accessibility solutions is our passion. Certified Aging in place specialist in Michigan: Wayne County, Washtenaw County, Oakland County. BFA llc. Consultant and Disability Contractor, your local, family owned, accessible Home modifications company!