I recently met Mike McGowan, CFP®, a Financial Advisor, at a Granbury Chamber of Commerce breakfast. I sat at his table and was immediately drawn to his easy smile and friendly demeanor. I asked about his private label practice, McGowan & Associates, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., and it was clear he enjoys helping families identify and work toward achieving their long-term goals. I then told him about my latest venture, Accessible Granbury. When I explained my desire to create a world in which everyone can participate equally, one location at a time, we realized we had a common interest. Mike shared with me that his dad has muscular dystrophy and needs accommodations to perform basic activities he used to take for granted.
Stairlifts in the home were the product of choice for wheelchair users to help get up and down the stairs for years. A relatively new concept, the home wheelchair elevator, is now a popular alternative for a wide variety of reasons. The wheelchair elevator is thought to be safer, more aesthetically pleasing and quieter than stairlifts.
The Texas Ramp Project is a statewide nonprofit organization that strives to “build freedom for the homebound”. Local volunteers change lives by building wheelchair ramps for disabled and elderly people who cannot afford to buy one.
Designing and building an accessible home is a journey, one which requires education, patience and compromise. Our goal was to build an affordable one-story lake house that was both beautiful and comfortable for visiting family or friends who are burdened in some way with a disability.