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Art + Soul!

For this #motivationMonday our blog post is on Art & Soul. Yes! The soul always finds a way to love and connect with the world through art. 

A beautiful example is the Creative Growth Art Center. The Center in Oakland, California is dedicated to giving artists with disabilities the space to let their talents shine. Today, their work has been shown all over the world, from La Biennale di Venezia to MoMA The Museum of Modern Art.
For them ART is their language. Be amaze!

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Grab bars need not look institutional anymore.

 Grab bars need not look institutional anymore. They can be beautiful and fluid looking like the wave grab bar. Make your bathroom safe, but at the same time stylish.   This MOEN grab bar doubles as a paper holder and can hold up to 250lbs.  For more information on accessibility, give us a call at 734-414-9525 Today!

Grab bars need not look institutional anymore. They can be beautiful and fluid looking like the wave grab bar. Make your bathroom safe, but at the same time stylish. 

This MOEN grab bar doubles as a paper holder and can hold up to 250lbs.

For more information on accessibility, give us a call at 734-414-9525 Today!

Memorial Day Weekend in Detroit

 The Riverwalk- Photo by  Michelle & Chris Gerard

The Riverwalk- Photo by Michelle & Chris Gerard

On this Memorial Day weekend, remember to take time to honor the true meaning. May we never forget those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

There are a lot of events and activities to do this weekend in Detroit.

Click on the link below to learn more...

Fun things to do in Detroit this Memorial Day weekend.

Have a great weekend!

Caring for Tor- An intimate look at the life of a young caregiver

Stephane Alexis, 24, has put his own goals and aspirations on hold to help his parents care for his younger brother Torence, who has cerebral palsy. Young caregivers are an often-overlooked population - too tired from the day-to-day to advocate for more resources and support.

As a family with a loved one with disabilities, we like to bring awareness to the disability community and their caregivers.

This short, 8 minute documentary is raw, unfiltered reality of the life of Tor and his caregivers.

Recently, young caregivers are being recognized for their roles as caregivers in their families.

Let us know what you think below.

 Are you a young caregiver? Tell us what your experience is.

 

Accessibility & Technology: Microsoft Xbox Adaptive Controllers

Technology is working alongside Accessibility more than ever.

Microsoft is coming out with adaptive Xbox controllers and we are all excited!

Watch the video bellow to see all the attachments you can use...

Designed primarily to meet the needs of gamers with limited mobility, the Xbox Adaptive Controller is a unified hub for devices that help make gaming more accessible. Connect external devices such as switches, buttons, mounts, and joysticks to create a custom controller experience that is uniquely yours.

Click here to go to Microsoft Xbox website.

 

According to Microsoft Story Labs page

" The new Xbox Adaptive Controller, which will be available later this year, can be connected to external buttons, switches, joysticks and mounts, giving gamers with a wide range of physical disabilities the ability to customize their setups. The most flexible adaptive controller made by a major gaming company, the device can be used to play Xbox One and Windows 10 PC games and supports Xbox Wireless Controller features such as button remapping. "
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There is a group of gamers who have tested these controllers. One of the gamers, Dan Bertholomey, is excited for the endless possibilities the controllers have. He now plans on competing again in eSports! 

Another gamer, Solomon Romney said,

"I can customize how I interface with the Xbox Adaptive Controller to whatever I want. If I want to play a game entirely with my feet, I can. I can make the controls fit my body, my desires, and I can change them anytime I want. You plug in whatever you want and go. It takes virtually no time to set it up and use it. It could not be simpler. I get to redesign my controller every day and get to choose how I want to play, Romney said. For me, that's the greatest thing ever." 

There is so much more to read and learn about the Xbox adaptive controllers.

I am very excited but really I am happy this FINALLY exists. Inclusivity matters. Sofia was thinking the same thing as me, It's about time!

Would you use these controllers? Have you made your own adaptive controller?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Transformation Tuesday- Roll in Shower

Happy Tuesday!

Today I want to show you how we transformed a small, cramped bathroom into a spacious roll in shower. 

Click on the slideshow below to see this weeks Transformation ...

The purpose of a roll in shower is essentially that there are NO barriers. It is an open layout design. 

Notice in the images above that there is a drain in the shower. Where the drain is, there is a slight slope, which allows the water to flow directly into the drain and keep the rest of the bathroom floor dry.

Other equipment shown are the grab bars and ADA toilet. There is a standard grab bar by the toilet as well as a flip grab bar. This gives our client the help she needs to transition to and from the toilet. Lastly, an ADA height toilet makes all of the difference. These toilets are higher than standard toilets, which helps our client significantly.

Remember, all of these modifications are made to improve our clients quality of life. An ADA home gives our clients INDEPENDENCE to do as much as they can at home, and to STAY at home. 

For more information on accessibility, give us a call at 734-414-9525 Today!

Harmar Stair Lifts- Made in USA

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Any home can be accessible. Harmar Pinnacle Stair lifts are made in the USA, guaranteeing high quality! Call us today to learn more about stair lifts at (734)414-9525 and check out the Stair lift section of our website here.

Bathroom Renovation Tips that Make Cleaning a Breeze

What if I told you that one day, you may enjoy cleaning your bathroom?

Would you call me crazy?

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In this article from Houzz, Becky Harris talks about her recently renovated bathroom and how much easier it is to clean it.

If you think about it, these renovations can make a big difference.

  • Having a hand held shower makes it easy to rinse the shower area.
  • Wall mounted toilet and sinks are the best! They take up little space and give you an open layout. This makes it so much easier to clean the floor, since there is less stuff in the way.
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  • Also, take into consideration the premium quality materials we use in bathroom remodels. BFA LLC, always double waterproofs bathrooms and use mold and mildew resistant grout. We also look for tile that is low maintenance and  non slip. 

When your bathroom is properly renovated with modern materials and technology, you will want to be in there more and it will be a lot easier to keep clean.

Learn more about BFA LLC. and the services we provide, give us a call at 734-414-9525 or send us an email.

What does your dream bathroom look like?

Comment below!

Virtual Reality and Accessiblity

Have you heard of Virtual Reality?

The most common access to Virtual Reality is the Samsung Galaxy Gear. This kit consists of a headset that you put your Samsung phone in (shown in video below) and then put that head piece on. This form of technology has the ability to take you anywhere in or out of this world, using the Samsung phone screen. 

My first experience with Virtual Reality, or VR, was this Samsung. It is almost like putting on  goggles that give you a 360 degree view of any image or video the phone is displaying. 

When I put on the VR Gear, I saw a video of a National Forrest. It was incredible, I felt like I was really there. I was amazed that I could go anywhere I wanted with this VR, which meant that anyone else can too. Even someone in a wheelchair or someone who is bed bound. It was like a light bulb turned on in my brain. And I was not alone!

Watch the video below from USA Today, where Tim learns about VR and tries it out!

My favorite quote from Tim was, 

" Everywhere is Accessible! "

That's the beauty of this technology. It is accessible and makes everything accessible! 

I hope that the VR experience shows Tim that he can do all the things he dreams of doing. To learn more about Tim and how you can help, go to his GoFundme page.

What do you think about Virtual Reality? Do you have experience with it?

Let us know in a comment below!

From bathtub to Roll-in shower

The BFA,LLC. team is currently working on a Roll in shower for a client. Take a look at the progress our team has made already.

After demolition, the crew has a blank slate, where they work their construction magic!

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What do you think about this shower?

Want your bathroom to look like this? 

Call us today to learn more about Roll-in Showers at 734-414-9525 or feel free to contact us via email.

 

Do you know American Sign Language?

Watch this video from NPR, that educates others on American Sign Language and its differences.

Did you learn something new? Do you already know ASL and would like to add something?

Let us know by commenting below!

Transformation Tuesday

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Spring is officially here, which means we can finally spend time outside!

Is your front entrance accessible? Is it ready for the spring?

The BFA, LLC. team just finished this front deck and ramp in Dearborn Heights, MI.

Now our client will be able to soak up the sun, on the porch, while in her wheelchair. Remember, accessible modifications are all about Quality of Life! I think it is safe to say that our client will be living a better quality of life with her new deck and ramp.

Call us today at 734-414-9525 to learn more about accessible entrances.

 

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.