Steve Johnson contacted Accessibility Design when he was ready to make a major change in his life. At 42, Steve was living in a nursing home in a small town in Minnesota. He didn't need the level of care provided by the nursing home, but he didn't have another obvious housing option. Steve felt trapped by his circumstances, and he decided to take action to improve his life. His goals were to be as independent as possible, to use his savings wisely, and to stay in the community he loved, surrounded by people whom he could count on.
Accessibility Design helped Steve realize his goals. With acres of beautiful farmland and ample savings, Steve was able to opt for new construction, where he could stretch his money into a fully accessible home with space for him and his caregiver.
A lot was chosen, the design began, and everyone involved got excited about the way the project took shape. Accessibility Design integrated new technology into Steve's home, including flooring, a window design that Steve can clean inside and out, and assistive technology: a ceiling-mounted track lift system, inclined platform lift, and motorized lowering of cabinets. Steve's new home not only enhances his life, it also enables him to reduce his hours of home care from 24 hours per day to 6. This represents a significant savings in care costs for Steve. He no longer needs the lower-level suite for a full-time caregiver, and he can rent it as an apartment if he chooses.
Built in the early '90s, Steve Johnson's home was one of the first of its kind. It put Accessibility Design's skills and talents in the public eye.
"It's kind of become more than I had expected. As I see it move to completion, it's exciting, because it's turned out so nice. I didn't expect it to be so nice."