In our last post in the “Caring for the Caregiver” series, “Top Tips to Relieve Caregiver Stress,” Briita Hall shared her tips for dealing with caregiver stress. In the post, Briita hall mentioned how using the outside resource of a home remodeling company to make her home wheelchair accessible was one step she and her husband, John, took in preparing for the future. In this post, we further explore the idea of accessibility remodeling as a way to reduce caregiver stress.
While working at U-M, Andi McDonnell often heard from patient families concerned about the challenges of caring for their loved ones at home. She decided to work toward a second master’s degree with a focus on interior design / ADA-compliance for residential needs. In the process she found a way to blend her love of patient interaction and interior design into a successful career as manager of “My Home & Office Medical Interior Design,” a program offered by the University of Michigan Health System through its Home Care Services Division.