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The Riley Residence

An Accessible Home Remodel Focused on
Value and Maintaining Family Balance

Striking a balance between their son’s need for 24-hour care, fostering interaction between family members, and preserving family privacy, was the focus for the Riley’s remodel project.…that, as well as home access. Their son, Kelavonte, was in a car accident at a young age and became paralyzed. Once Kelavonte became a teenager, the Riley’s were ready to fine tune their living and caregiving environment and move from their small rental home. But to where?

Kelavonte’s mother, Desarae, expressed that their goal was to have a home that functioned well for their son, but also for the rest of the family. With caregivers coming and going at all hours, they needed to regain a level of privacy. Knowing that creative space planning is at the root of all great home access projects, Accessibility Design  was able to use their skills and guide them toward a solution that would meet all of their needs.

A Strategic Cost Savings Step

The first step to creating the environment they needed for Kelavonte was selecting the right home to purchase. This alone could save them thousands…and it did. By involving Accessibility Design in the search for the family’s new home, the Riley’s and their Real Estate Trust Officer avoided several “buying errors.” Their focus was on homes that already contained key access and space planning features that only would need to be taken to the next level. In doing so, this would allow the construction to be much simpler and be completed in a timely and cost effective manner. So the search was on and with Accessibility Design’s help, the appropriate home was selected. Accessibility Design proposed a new design and space plan that would enhance the home’s beauty and add the access solutions to make it work. The new home allowed caregivers to come and go at all hours without interrupting or waking the family, provide space for their coats and personal items, a desk area for doing paperwork, and a therapy area to work with Kelavonte. For Kelavonte’s needs, the home would accommodate lifting devices, a bathing/hygeine area, a sleeping area near caregivers, room for recreation with friends, access to the outdoors, and a bus pick-up and drop-off location.

In summary, all were happy; the design suited the needs of Kelavonte and his caregivers, and exceeded the family’s desires. By working together, the Riley family, Kelavonte’s Trust Officers, and Accessibility Design were able to select the right home, make the necessary modifications, and create harmony between form and function.

Accessibility Design, Inc.’s Solutions Included:

  • An accessible front entrance with a keyless (always locked) entry system
  • A vestibule allowing caregivers to come and go as needed yet maintain privacy for the family
  • A second entrance with two-way mirrors for family members to see who was coming and going from their private portion of the home without being disturbed
  • Ceiling mounted lift system for transfers in the therapy area, bathroom (shower & changing table) and bedroom
  • Accessible bathroom with a roll-in shower and changing table
  • Access and view to the existing deck from Kelavonte’s bedroom
  • Therapy room
  • Caregivers area; separate bathroom and desk area
  • A safe, wheelchair-accessible bus pick-up and drop-off location in the driveway

Our home is functioning perfectly. Kelavonte has adjusted well…He loves it!  We’re all so happy. Everyone who sees it is just wow’d!!

-Desarae Surratt, Kelavonte’s mother

Accessibility Design made it easy and enjoyable to find a home that would fit my client's specific needs while also ensuring that I stayed within budget and within the compliance guidelines for the purchase of a Trust Real Estate asset.  Without their assistance and vast expertise, purchasing a property for my client would have been much more difficult. Using Accessibility Design on the front end of a real estate transaction proved to be a prudent decision which will undoubtedly save the Trust time, money and resources in the future. They continue to impress me and I will certainly use their services in the future.

- Patience J. Iverson, Assistant Vice President U.S. Bank, National Association, Trust Real Estate

Minneapolis, MN 55426 USA 952.925.0301

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