Wausau, WI — Lasco Bathware, the Anaheim, CA-based manufacturer of acrylic and gelcoat bath fixtures, has announced its support for a groundbreaking demonstration house that has been built on the North Central Technical College campus in Wausau, WI.
Working in conjunction with Ferguson Enterprises of Wausau, Lasco has donated two products from its FreedomLine collection of assisted-care and barrier-free bathware to the Chairs & Cares Model Accessible House, a two-story, 4,600-sq.-ft. showcase home designed to inform visitors of the residential products and design options available to disabled people.
A four-piece, modular roll-in shower (model F1604-P) with a height-adjustable seat and horizontal movement allows wheelchair users to transfer themselves from their wheelchair to the seat with minimal effort and is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Lasco noted. A tub/shower unit (model 2603-SMTE) is also ADA- and ANSI-compliant, the company said.
“We’re excited to be involved with the Model Accessible House project, which demonstrates how people with disabilities can live with dignity and comfort in their own homes,” said Gus Carver, the sales manager for Lasco Bathware who oversaw Lasco’s participation in the project. “As the baby boomer generation reaches retirement age and aging-in-place issues become more of a consideration for all homeowners, demonstration houses like this play an important role in educating the home-buying public and letting them know what product options and design opportunities are available to them.”
The Accessible Model Home, officials said, will remain a model home and residence, “a place where someone who either needs to remodel or someone who wants to build can see these products and get a clearer understanding of whether they will work for them.”
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