FAQ

  1. What is Aging in Place?
  2. When I deal with Home for Life, who actually does the work?
  3. Can Grab Bars be installed in a fiberglass shower?
  4. Can a zero barrier shower be installed if we do not have a basement?
  5. Can Home For Life Advantage install the grab bars?
  6. Does Medicare or Medicaid pay for any of these home modifications?
  7. Can a chairlift be placed outside?
  8. Can a stairlift turn around corners and continue up more steps?
  9. Can my bathtub be converted into a barrier-free shower?
  10. Can you put a ramp in my garage?
  11. How much weight will a stairlift hold?
  12. Do I need to get a permit? Who handles that?
  13. I’m renting. Can I put a grab bar in the bathroom?
  14. If I convert my tub into a shower, will my house still sell?
  15. Can you install grab bars in drywall? What about in ceramic, tile, or fiberglass?
  16. Are your services covered by insurance?
  17. Does Medicare cover modifications?
  18. Do you put in threshold ramps?
  19. How much is a security pole, and what is the maximum height?
  20. Do you work with the Medicaid waiver program?
  21. Do you work with Veterans Assistance?
  22. How much does a bathroom remodel increase the value of your home?
  23. Do you have payment plans?
  24. Will you put in only one grab bar?
  25. How soon can the work be started?
  26. Do you recommend suction cup grab bars?
  27. Why does my ramp have to be so long?
  28. Can you cut an opening into our tub?
  29. Can you install a walk-in tub?
  30. Won’t water get all over the bathroom floor if there’s no barrier in my shower?

 

What is Aging in Place?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines aging in place as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level”. Home For Life Advantage can help that become a reality when your home becomes less than accommodating.

When I deal with Home for Life, who actually does the work?

Who actually comes to your home to do the work depends largely on what company you deal with.   Many companies use sub-contractors and you don’t know who is going to come into your home to do the work because they don’t know.  When you’re dealing with Home for LIfe Advantage, we do the work!  We are with you from the time you ask for an assessment of how to meet your needs until the job is done.

Can Grab Bars be installed in a fiberglass shower?

Yes, however we highly recommend only having a qualified professional install them for you to insure proper anchoring.

Can a zero barrier shower be installed if we do not have a basement?

Yes.

Can Home For Life Advantage install the grab bars?

Yes, we are trained and qualified for all such home modifications.  Please contact us for a quote.

Does Medicare or Medicaid pay for any of these home modifications?

In some cases they do, you need to contact your local Medicare office or Senior Services office.

Can a chairlift be placed outside?

Our lifts can be installed inside or outside and will withstand the weather changes.

Can a stairlift turn around corners and continue up more steps?

Yes, we have lifts that will accommodate almost every stair situation.

Can my bathtub be converted into a barrier-free shower?

Yes, we frequently convert bathtubs into barrier-free showers. If you’re concerned about mobility or balance issues, a barrier-free shower is a great option because it spares you the hassle of having to climb over a high bathtub wall. Barrier-free showers are also significantly easier to clean than bathtubs, and they can make your bathroom appear larger to the eye.

Can you put a ramp in my garage?

Yes, we can. Many clients opt to install an entrance ramp from the garage into the house because a garage offers considerable privacy and is protected from the elements. We also offer curb ramps, decorative ramps, and threshold ramps.

How much weight will a stairlift hold?

Standard stairlifts typically hold about 300 pounds, while heavy-duty stairlifts can support up to 350 pounds. We also install bariatric stairlifts, which can carry up to 600 pounds. Our experienced team members will be glad to help you select a stairlift that’s ideal for your specific needs.

Do I need to get a permit? Who handles that?

You’ll need a permit if you’re undergoing a remodel or having a large ramp installed. For smaller jobs, such as grab bar installations, you won’t need a permit. Our experienced team will let you know if the project you’re planning requires a permit. And, if it does, we’ll obtain the permit for you.

I’m renting. Can I put a grab bar in the bathroom?

Yes, you can. The Fair Housing Act requires landlords to let tenants make reasonable modifications, at the tenants’ own expense, to allow disabled individuals to use the housing. Keep in mind, however, that your landlord may require you to restore the property back to its original condition when you move.

If I convert my tub into a shower, will my house still sell?

Yes, it will. While you may have heard that families with small children prefer homes with bathtubs, it’s also important to note that many young professionals and older individuals prefer homes with standalone showers. Plus, your safety is a key consideration. If you’re planning to continue living at your current address as you grow older and you feel that a walk-in shower would make bathing safer, you should go for it. Also, if your home has more than one bathroom with a bathtub, you might consider leaving one tub in place.

Can you install grab bars in drywall? What about in ceramic, tile, or fiberglass?

Yes, we can install grab bars in drywall. While drywall itself doesn’t provide much support for a grab bar, the wooden studs behind it do, and we can use a stud finder to locate a sturdy point to attach the grab bar. We can also install grab bars in ceramic, tile, and fiberglass, and we can use wall reinforcements, if needed.

Are your services covered by insurance?

Certain insurance policies — usually long-term healthcare policies attached to basic policies — will pay for home modifications. You may want to check with your insurance carrier to find out exactly what’s covered under your plan.

Does Medicare cover modifications?

Medicaid pays for home modifications through its managed care program. In the past, this program has offered up to $25,000 for home modifications every five years, which you can use all at once or spread out over the five-year period. To take advantage of this benefit, you’ll need to apply and be approved through the program. For more information, call the Illinois Department of Healthcare & Family Services at (877) 912-8880 or visit their website at https://enrollhfs.illinois.gov/.

Do you put in threshold ramps?

Yes, we do. Our threshold ramps will help you easily maneuver through doorways and over small steps.

How much is a security pole, and what is the maximum height?

The security poles we install are incredibly versatile and can easily be installed in various places throughout your home, such as near a bed, couch, chair, or toilet. The poles are tension mounted between the floor and ceiling, and feature a curved grab bar that pivots and locks into place every 45 degrees. Contact us to find out exact height and pricing information.

Do you work with the Medicaid waiver program?

We work with Medicaid waivers on a case-by-case basis.

Do you work with Veterans Assistance?

Yes, we do. There are two different programs available, both of which are grants that are paid directly to veterans who qualify. We’ll be more than happy to provide the bids you’ll need to submit along with your application. We can also provide you with the necessary application forms, but we recommend that you visit your local VA office, where a representative can fill out the forms online and submit them for you. Your application will get into the system much more quickly that way, and VA personnel generally know exactly what needs to be included in your application and can let you know if you’ll qualify up front.

How much does a bathroom remodel increase the value of your home?

Bathroom remodels tend to provide a good return on investment, and the amount that your home value increases will depend on the type of renovations you complete. New vanities, toilets, plumbing fixtures, tile, flooring, and lighting tend to produce the greatest return.

Do you have payment plans?

We aim to make home modifications as affordable as possible, so we offer impressive financing options that can accommodate almost any budget.

Will you put in only one grab bar?

Yes, we will. Our knowledgeable team will be glad to walk you through our various grab bar options and help you choose the one that’s best suited to your needs.

How soon can the work be started?

We can complete relatively small projects — such as grab bar and toilet installations — within one week. More involved jobs, like stairlift installations, can take approximately two weeks. For remodels and wheelchair ramp installations, we generally start within two weeks, and then we’ll need approximately three weeks to complete the work. Keep in mind that this timeframe includes obtaining any necessary permits, so our turnaround time can vary depending on which town is issuing the permits. Although our main hours are from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on weekdays, we can also perform work on weekends if there’s an immediate need.

Do you recommend suction cup grab bars?

No, we don’t. While a suction cup grab bar may provide you with a sense of stability and balance under normal circumstances, chances are good that it will pull away from the wall if you grab it while falling.

Why does my ramp have to be so long?

The shorter a wheelchair ramp is, the steeper the incline will be. Too-steep inclines can be dangerous and difficult to navigate, so it’s important to build a ramp that’s long enough to ensure safety. Although the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies only to commercial ramps, many contractors follow the ADA’s maximum 1:12 slope ratio for residential projects, as well. This means that for every inch of height, there needs to be at least 12 inches (or one foot) of ramp. So, if the entrance to your home is six inches off the ground, your ramp will need to be at least six feet long. And, if you have trouble maneuvering up and down inclines, you may prefer an even longer ramp.

Can you cut an opening into our tub?

No, we don’t offer this service. We don’t recommend cutting into the wall of a bathtub because doing so compromises the integrity of the tub and will make selling the home much more difficult down the road. In fact, most realtors request that sellers replace cut bathtubs prior to putting their homes on the market (there’s no way to restore a cut tub, so replacement is the only option). Instead, you may want to consider replacing your bathtub with a barrier-free shower.

Can you install a walk-in tub?

Yes, we can. We often recommend barrier-free showers, however, because they’re typically easier to use and maintain. And, if you’re concerned about having to stand while you bathe, you’ll be glad to know that we also install shower seats that can be folded against the wall whenever you require additional space.

Won’t water get all over the bathroom floor if there’s no barrier in my shower?

You don’t need to worry about water getting on your floor with a barrier-free shower installed. There are a number of ways to contain the water in your shower. For instance, we can slightly slope the floor of your shower so that water runs toward a drain. Or, we can install a linear trench drain along the opening to your shower to collect any water. Our experienced team will recommend a solution that’s tailored to your specific needs.

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Here at Home For Life Advantage, we pride ourselves on being the leading provider of ADA accessibility equipment in the Greater Chicago area. Serving people with disabilities and seniors desiring to remain independently living in their homes. We also supply and install accessibility equipment in commercial buildings.