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Written by the best-selling author of Multiple Sclerosis: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier and Parkinson's Disease: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier, Home Accessibility: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier is designed to help people with chronic illness, physical disability, temporary or permanent (including low vision, blind, hard of hearing, the Deaf, and others), and age-related limitations make their homes safer and more accessible without costly remodeling or structural changes. Shelley Peterman Schwarz shares her unique blend of motivation, inspiration, and practical tips, techniques, and shortcuts with her readers. She has learned from personal experience, to adapt, organize, and simplify life.

Shelley covers the basic concepts of Universal Design, as well as knowing what modifications one can do personally and what changes require professional attention. Chapters will cover every room of the home and outdoor living. Readers will also find suggestions for unique products, many not readily available in stores. A resource section at the end of each chapter provides information for contacting support organizations and helpful services and products.

Home Accessibility: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier Answers Questions Such As: How do I live in my home now that I use a mobility device? How do I get in and out of the shower? What are some ways to make my kitchen (bathroom/bedroom) easier to use? How do I get in and out of the house, up and down stairs? How do I stay connected with the world outside of my home? And more

Shelley Peterman Schwarz teaches and inspires people who are experiencing limitations of all types how to conserve valuable time and energy, develop techniques for making life easier, and enjoy life to the fullest.

;Section 1: 1. Who Needs This Book, 2. Basic Concepts, Section 2: 3. Home Adaptations vs. Remodeling vs. Custom Design, 4. Universal Design Basics, Section 3: The Accessible Home: 5. Coming In/Going Out, 6. All Around the House, 7. Kitchen, 8. Bathroom, 9. Living Areas, 10. Bedroom, 11. Home Office, 12. Laundry, Basement, and Storage, 13. Outdoor Living Spaces, 14. Where You Can Learn More;"Her practical tips cover every room in the house. Schwarz discusses the pros and cons of costly assistive devices to help people decide whether they are necessary for their particular situation. There are many resource and product lists for those who want specific recommendations. Schwarz's experience shines through in the details she has added about what worked for her as she adjusted to her limited mobility. This is sure to be a useful book. Whether readers are looking to adjust to a serious illness or aging, it will be a great resource."-Library Journal

"Anyone can benefit by reading this book to modify, remodel, or build a home that will provide more convenience, safety, independence, and accessibility for all who live in the home. Many of the numerous tips presented can be implemented immediately. The resources listed will help the reader locate products, services, and additional information." - Rosemarie Rossetti, President, Universal Design Living Laboratory, A National Demonstration Home

"Taking you on a room-by-room tour, Shelley Peterman Schwarz shows you how to build a personal tool chest that will allow you or someone you care about to live fully in every part of the house - and get out and about with ease. Knowing how easily people with physical limitations can begin to feel confi ned by the barriers around them, Ms. Schwarz shows the way to increased freedom, mobility, and independence both inside and outside the home." - Rosalind Kalb, PhD, Vice President, Professional Resource Center, National Multiple Sclerosis Society and author

"Shelley provides clear explanations to the rarely asked question, 'How can I make this easier?' Whether for yourself or someone you care about, explore real options t

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ISBN: 9781936303229
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I found this book to be very insightful. I thought some of it was common sense. I thought it was great the way the author Shelley Peterman Schwarz gives her personal experience in how to organize your home to make life easier. I thought it was great the she gives you places to go look for help with the expense of it . I think this is a great book for those who have to help with their parents. I wish I would have had it when I was taking care of my father in law.more
I had high hopes for this book because I am always looking for ways to make my home easier to navigate for my husband who has had Parkinson's disease for 20 years. The book is organized as a list of things that can be done to make a home more universally accessible. Reviewing chapter by chapter, I realized that accessibility is not a one-size-fits-all proposition and many of the suggestions were not useful in our case. Nonetheless, Shelley Schwartz, who is wheel-chair bound, knows a lot about how to organize kitchens, baths, bedrooms and doorways to make life a bit easier. If you need to know how wide a doorway should be or how high a closet pole can be, this is your book. She includes resources for every chapter where the reader can learn more. For someone who is new to life in a wheelchair, I suspect the book would be very helpful. She also includes many tips on enhancing visibility, a problem shared by many with neurological problems.more
Home Accessibility is a short book intending to help individuals with disAbilities make their home easier to use. The author is mobility impaired and focuses on that, but notes places where other disAbilities can be helped. It is possible that my opinion is formed in part from years of having read books to help individuals with multiple disAbilities in home, classrooms, and travel. Although the description puts emphasis in being multi-disAbility based, the book only rarely touches on the other disAbilities. She focuses more on technology than I like and many of her resources are technologically based. She does not make it clear what her suggestions look like, nor explain how simple changes can help. It also meanders from a first person, warm personality to third person distant..more
A tiny little book with big ideas. Subtitled "300 tips for making life easier" this book will help those needing accessibility in their daily lives. Written by a wheel-chair bound women who has M.S., this book has ideas from the simple to the expensive for accommidating wheel chairs in the home. I was a bit disappointed that there weren't more ideas for arthritis sufferers or we boomers who just need a little assistance. I think the book would have been aided by drawings or photos that would explain what the idea represents, like changing a door handle with a dowel or PVC pipe. It also could have indicated the level of expense by using $$ like travel books do. All in all, it is a great book for anyone that wishes to remain in their homes.more
Shelley Peterman Schwarz has written an excellent guide to making a home accessible in simple and inexpensive ways. Schwarz takes the reader through the home room by room offering easy tips to make that space more accessible for those with mobility, sensory, or mental difficulties. The tips are also useful for individuals with temporary difficulties, such as someone recovering from a broken leg. Home Accessibility: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier is also an excellent resource for caregivers and/or family members of individuals learning to live with disabilities, and even for therapists, nurses, etc.Schwarz has been living with MS for 30 years, and is experienced in the home modifications that are often necessary to accommodate wheelchairs. She has also taken the time to gather and recommend further resources (products, websites, etc.), listed at the end of each chapter.All in all, Schwarz's book is an excellent resource for individuals dealing with accessibility issues in the home. Her guide will show you easy and inexpensive ways you can make the modifications you need to be safe and comfortable in your home.more
Wow! This is an extremely valuable source for anyone who is personally challenged or caring for someone who is. Having my 100 year old aunt living with me plus a sister-in-law with MS, I really have benefited from my first read through of this book. There are so many resources and products available that I didn't know about before. Easy to read and understand, great index, and personal experiences of the author combine to make this book a wonderful resource.more
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I found this book to be very insightful. I thought some of it was common sense. I thought it was great the way the author Shelley Peterman Schwarz gives her personal experience in how to organize your home to make life easier. I thought it was great the she gives you places to go look for help with the expense of it . I think this is a great book for those who have to help with their parents. I wish I would have had it when I was taking care of my father in law.more
I had high hopes for this book because I am always looking for ways to make my home easier to navigate for my husband who has had Parkinson's disease for 20 years. The book is organized as a list of things that can be done to make a home more universally accessible. Reviewing chapter by chapter, I realized that accessibility is not a one-size-fits-all proposition and many of the suggestions were not useful in our case. Nonetheless, Shelley Schwartz, who is wheel-chair bound, knows a lot about how to organize kitchens, baths, bedrooms and doorways to make life a bit easier. If you need to know how wide a doorway should be or how high a closet pole can be, this is your book. She includes resources for every chapter where the reader can learn more. For someone who is new to life in a wheelchair, I suspect the book would be very helpful. She also includes many tips on enhancing visibility, a problem shared by many with neurological problems.more
Home Accessibility is a short book intending to help individuals with disAbilities make their home easier to use. The author is mobility impaired and focuses on that, but notes places where other disAbilities can be helped. It is possible that my opinion is formed in part from years of having read books to help individuals with multiple disAbilities in home, classrooms, and travel. Although the description puts emphasis in being multi-disAbility based, the book only rarely touches on the other disAbilities. She focuses more on technology than I like and many of her resources are technologically based. She does not make it clear what her suggestions look like, nor explain how simple changes can help. It also meanders from a first person, warm personality to third person distant..more
A tiny little book with big ideas. Subtitled "300 tips for making life easier" this book will help those needing accessibility in their daily lives. Written by a wheel-chair bound women who has M.S., this book has ideas from the simple to the expensive for accommidating wheel chairs in the home. I was a bit disappointed that there weren't more ideas for arthritis sufferers or we boomers who just need a little assistance. I think the book would have been aided by drawings or photos that would explain what the idea represents, like changing a door handle with a dowel or PVC pipe. It also could have indicated the level of expense by using $$ like travel books do. All in all, it is a great book for anyone that wishes to remain in their homes.more
Shelley Peterman Schwarz has written an excellent guide to making a home accessible in simple and inexpensive ways. Schwarz takes the reader through the home room by room offering easy tips to make that space more accessible for those with mobility, sensory, or mental difficulties. The tips are also useful for individuals with temporary difficulties, such as someone recovering from a broken leg. Home Accessibility: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier is also an excellent resource for caregivers and/or family members of individuals learning to live with disabilities, and even for therapists, nurses, etc.Schwarz has been living with MS for 30 years, and is experienced in the home modifications that are often necessary to accommodate wheelchairs. She has also taken the time to gather and recommend further resources (products, websites, etc.), listed at the end of each chapter.All in all, Schwarz's book is an excellent resource for individuals dealing with accessibility issues in the home. Her guide will show you easy and inexpensive ways you can make the modifications you need to be safe and comfortable in your home.more
Wow! This is an extremely valuable source for anyone who is personally challenged or caring for someone who is. Having my 100 year old aunt living with me plus a sister-in-law with MS, I really have benefited from my first read through of this book. There are so many resources and products available that I didn't know about before. Easy to read and understand, great index, and personal experiences of the author combine to make this book a wonderful resource.more
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