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|Posted on May 27, 2016 at 7:15 PM|
I’m Vicki Flores, wife, mother, daughter and friend. In my spare time, I am an interior designer.
Eight years ago our then 36 year old son was diagnosed with ALS. He had been living abroad when his symptoms began and moved into our lower level when he returned to Kansas. Thankfully, he does have a very slow progressing form of the disease and it was a couple of years before coming up the basement stairs became too challenging. We did some research and planned to install an elevator.
I was returning from a trip to Kansas City when I was struck with severe abdominal pain. Major surgery fixed the problem. Recuperating at home, with my walker bumping along the walls, I had a great epiphany; we had to move from my beloved home. Adding an elevator would only be a little band aid and a costly one. Much more needed to be done to make our house not only barrier friendly to Bryan, but Jim and I were not getting any younger or more agile.
House hunting began that day. Thank God for our daughter, Megan and Zillow.
We (Jim, Bryan and I) decided that if we were going to move, we should have a place for Grandma Dot, my fabulous 86 year old mother, to join us. So our list of requirements grew. Exterior space to add an addition to house an elevator, a suite large enough for Bryan to have privacy and a bath large enough to add a roll in shower, a two room suite for Grandma and two extra rooms for Jim and I to office at home.
Thank God we found the perfect place at a price we could afford to buy and still do improvements.
It took from October to February to get the elevator installed and the bathrooms renovated. I learned so much from my fantastic tradesmen and Bryan himself about how to make this home livable for all of us. We have been in the house for over a year and still are still working on the cosmetics.
I realize what a profound difference these renovations have made in our lives and plan to make this the focus of my interior design business.