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CHAPTER 3. REMODELING STRATEGIES FOR LEONA

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This has been a good house -- a nice house -- as far as just two people living in it. 
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I don't use the tub anymore because the last time I got in it I couldn't get out ...and had to call the neighbors to get out -- which was embarrassing.  
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He does most of the laundry. He thinks I shouldn't go down the steps.  
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I've got arthritis pretty bad. I've had it since 1952. So -- and there's things that you can't do -- like housecleaning and things like that. It's just getting so I can't do it.  
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[You said the other day that you'd thought about getting your washer and dryer and your shower up out of the basement. Tell me what you'd thought about, but you .. you hadn't figured out a way to do it.] Oh we hadn't, no. We didn't figure any way of getting it up here. My daughter has tried. She has measured -- we have measured. There's no way. We've got a small door on the bathroom. And I don't think they'll even go through the door. We'd have to do a LOT of remodeling. 
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Leona in living room Leona & Al in living room Bathtub
Bathroom Bathroom Lavatory and Storage
Bathroom Doorway Kitchen Doorway area, to basement (left) to outside (right).
Steep steps to climb from basement. Washer and dryer in basement. Leona's Home


Floorplans 

Original Bathroom and Kitchen Floorplans 
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Original Bathroom Original Kitchen
Bathroom Original Floorplan 
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Bathroom Kitchen Floorplan 
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3D Bathroom Original Floorplan 
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3D Kitchen Original Floorplan 
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We developed three different levels of bathroom modifications measuring at the levels of least, mid, and most in respect to total changes and expense. For the least amount of changes we decided to add a shower bench, shower curtain, shower head, two reinforced grab bars, and stick-on bath tub tread to cover the slippery surface. A shower bench will enable the person to get in and out of the bath tub. Shower curtain will prevent the water splash on the floor. Table 3.1 shows the proposed items and the vendors, and the estimated cost for each item. 

Table 3.1. Least Cost Alternative Strategy 
 
ITEM Name of Vendor Estimated Cost
Shower bench   $200
Shower curtain Discount Store $10
Shower head Discount Store $5
Grab bars (2) Independent Living Aids $100
Bath tub tread (stick-on) Independent Living Aids $15
Total   $330
The second level of changes are to purchase a fold-up shower bench and to remove the storage cabinet and place it over the stool. We also suggest changing the light fixture. All of these changes are in addition to the grab bars, shower curtain and bath tub tread. Table 3.2. shows the items that are suggested in the strategy. In this plan, slightly expensive item are included in the remodeling. Considering the comfort of the elderly when bath, and the overall appearance of the bathroom, medicine cabinet will be removed from the bathroom, and light fixture will be changed as well. 

Bathroom Least Cost Alternative Strategy Floorplan
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Bathroom Least Cost Floorplan
   
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Table 3.2. Medium Cost Alternative Strategy 
 
ITEM Name of Vendor Estimated Cost
Fold-up shower bench Hewi $510
Remove storage cabinet Carpenter $50
Change light fixture Electrician $50
Grab bars (2) Hewi $100
Bath tub tread (stick-on) Independent Living Aids $15
Shower curtain Discount Store $10
Total   $735
The third or "most" level of changes are to remove the tub and put in a walk-in shower. This would have some definite remodeling expenses involved. We would also widen the door to 32," install a fold up shower seat attached to the wall, a hand held shower head, shower curtain, and L-shaped reinforced grab bars. We would also remove the storage cabinet in the bath tub area to another part of the bath room. 
 
Medium Cost Alternative Strategy Floorplan
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Bathroom Medium Cost Floorplan
   
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Table 3.3. Highest Cost Strategy 
 
ITEM Name of Vendor Estimated Cost
Remove tub, install walk-in shower Hewi $1,500
Widen door to 32" Carpenter $50
Shower seat Hewi $510
Hand-held shower Independent Living Aids $65
Remove storage cabinet Carpenter $25
Grab bars (L shape) (2) Hewi $163
Total   $2,313
 
Highest Cost Alternative Strategy Floorplan
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Bathroom Most Expensive Floorplan
   
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YOU RECALL THAT THERE NEEDED TO BE AN INTRODUCTION TO THIS SECTION. IN THE INITIAL PARAGRAPHS INTRODUCE THE READER TO THE RESIDENT WITH WHOM YOU WORKED, HIS/HER NEEDS AND CHARACTERISTICS, THE NATURE OF THEIR REQUEST FOR CHANGE, AND SENT THE CONTEXT REGARDING THE SPACE(S) TO BE REMODELED. 


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