Rockfall Company Partners to Open Aging-in-Place Resource Center in Southbury
December 11 Grand Opening to Feature PALS Assisted Living Unit
Top executives of the Rockfall Company, LLC in Meriden announced that the Ready Living Structures Division of their company has been collaborating with Todd Schuck, co-owner of A&C Medical Equipment & Supplies, Inc. in Southbury, to open a new Aging in Place Resource Center in Southbury. Rockfall Company partners Henry Racki, Jr., Henry (Tray) C. Racki III, and Elliot M. Gonzalez, and designer, Priscilla C. Racki, are creators of PALS-Practical Practical Assisted Living Structures (www.palsbuilt.com). They will all greet attendees to the Grand Opening of the Aging in Place Resource Center that features a PALS pre-fabricated modular unit on Saturday, December 11 at 385 Main Street South in Southbury’s Union Square Plaza between 10 AM and 2 PM (www.aginginplaceresourcecenter.org).
The Rockfall executives have all been intricately involved in creation of the new Aging in Place Resource Center in Southbury. Henry Racki, Jr. and Priscilla Racki are among a select group of professionals across the United States who recently earned designation as Certified Aging-In-Place Specialists (CAPS). Henry Racki became designated CAPS builder and a CAPS Certified Instructor with more than 30 years of construction planning and management experience. Priscilla Racki is a licensed interior designer and CAPS professional with over 30 years experience in facilities planning, modification and interior design for commercial and residential projects. They both obtained their prestigious CAPS positions from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) based in Washington, D.C. (www.nahb.org). CAPS designation identifies top professionals throughout the nation’s building industry who possess the skills and knowledge specific to home modifications for individuals who would like to ‘age-in-place’ in their own homes.
Tray Racki is responsible for Rockfall’s field operations, and he has more than 15 years experience estimating and planning construction projects ranging from building, renovation and modification of single family homes to construction of large condominium projects. Elliot Gonzalez is responsible for field operations and construction management, renovation, modification and home improvement projects.
Todd Schuck, co-owner A&C Medical and the Aging in Place Resource Center, along with his brother, Craig Schuck, recently stated, “We created a strategic alliance with Rockfall’s Ready Living Structures Division and their PALS units to create a Center where people can obtain ideas about how a senior or handicapped individual can safely and independently age-in-place in their own home, or the home of a family member or caregiver. Visitors to the new Aging in Place Resource Center can see examples of everything from minor adaptive home medical equipment and simple home remodeling plans to PALS’ large variety of add-on pre-fabricated add-on units to full-scale home modification projects.”
The Aging in Place Resource Center is the only location in Connecticut where individuals can walk through a PALS unit plus obtain additional adaptation or home modification ideas to help accomplish the goal of aging in place with dignity, safety and comfort. The Center showcases a PALS self-contained unit enhanced with features to accommodate the needs of handicapped or older individuals. Floor plans for PALS adaptable units range from 280 to 660 sq ft, and can be added on to an existing home or built as a stand-alone unit on an existing property.
“We created PALS,” explained Tray Racki, “to provide seniors and physically impaired individuals with the ability to live independently and safely in their home, or in the home of a family member or caregiver. PALS special needs accommodations allow for long-term living solutions, as well as short-term rehabilitation needs. It is one of the most unique, cost effective alternatives to a nursing home or complete home remodel projects available today.” PALS’ basic units measure approximately 14’ x 20’ with first floor home access. Custom units are available from 14’ x 20’ to 28’ x 28’, and larger. Unit layouts and amenities can be designed to meet individual needs and can include sitting areas, kitchenettes, additional storage space, etc. All basic units are equipped with handicap accessible bathrooms, and are energy efficient with self-contained heating and cooling systems.
A&C Medical’s Todd Schuck, who also recently obtained his CAPS designation, commented, “We began collaborating with Rockfall’s PALS Division this past summer to create the Aging in Place Resource Center as a one-stop solution for any accessibility and/or safety challenges an individual and their family may face. By working closely with Rockfall’s CAPS professionals, who have built hundreds of accessibility/safety modifications in homes throughout Connecticut, our Center’s staff will perform modification projects both big and small. With various modifications, individuals can often maintain a high quality of life that is dignified and independent.”
The Aging in Place Resource Center’s staff will have access to the products, resources and expertise to perform modification and adaptation projects of various size provided by Rockfall Company’s CAPS professionals. Priscilla Racki commented, “The new Center’s service techs will handle jobs that will include installation of bathroom safety grab bars, railings and ramp systems, while the remodeling team will handle larger accessibility remodeling projects. They are all specifically trained and familiar with the unique and often sensitive nature of the situations we work in as creators of the PALS units. The combined experiences of our staff working with people with special needs, and the 3,000+ mobility/safety products available to A&C Medical Equipment and Supplies customers, will allow the new Center to meet its’ customer’s requests.”
Visitors to the Aging in Place Resource Center in Southbury can obtain information on PALS and the Center’s services which include construction of ramp systems and railings, bathroom safety products, stair and chair lifts and other mobility features to create independence for seniors, and provide safer, more comfortable and accessible homes that appeal to homeowners and their guests.
The new Aging in Place Resource Center will be open beginning December 11 Mondays through Fridays, 9 AM to 5 PM, and Saturdays, 10 AM to 2 PM. The Center is located in the rear section of the Union Square complex at 385 Main Street South in Southbury, off I-84 Exit 15. For information, call 203-262-1671 or toll free to 877-262-1671, or visit www.aginginplaceresourcecenter.org, www.acmedical.com, or email to email@example.com.
To learn more about Rockfall Company’s Living Structures and PALS divisions, visit www.palsbuilt.com, or call toll free to 877-771-PALS (7257) ext. 1. To contact Rockfall, visit www.rockfallco.com, call 860-349-1758, fax to 203-639-8800, or email PALS.
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