Josh’s sister called us in early July, overwhelmed by her family’s situation. Her brother Josh, who had been in the hospital for three years suffering from acute anoxic brain injury, was finally able to live at home. But instead of being overjoyed with the family reunion, Jen realized that their home was not equipped with the needed modifications for Josh’s accessibility. Due to Josh’s fully limited mobility, utilizing the shower in the home had become impossible. Jen had resorted to using a child’s swimming pool and tarp as a makeshift shower to bathe him- a situation dangerous for both of them.
When Jen explained that Josh’s medical bills of the last three years had left them unable to pay for the home modifications, our Accessibility Team jumped into action. We immediately knew that we had an opportunity to make a sustainable impact in Josh’s life. Our team demolished and reinstalled an entirely new ADA compliant shower unit, and made alterations to the home to allow for a chairlift installation.
Jen reached out to us a few weeks after the project was completed to share pictures of Josh’s first shower, and to share with us a video of Josh’s first time outside. In addition to installing an ADA compliant shower, our team removed a two steps on the outside deck that restricted Josh’s wheelchair access. Jen professed that the work has changed Josh’s entire energy! Josh is now able to go outside and feel the sunshine on his shoulders. Watch the heartwarming video below of Josh’s first time outside in his wheelchair!
Accessibility gives the gift of freedom and sunshine!