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July 29, 2022

The KentRidge Senior Living Provides for Disability Independence

Category: Health & Wellness

Author: Matt Lanning, Plant Operations Director

July 26th is National Disability Independence Day, which commemorates the signing of The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which happened on July 26, 1990. The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in several areas, including employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications, and access to state and local government programs and services.

ADA compliance means the appropriate and reasonable accommodations are in place for disabled persons. This includes things like large print, interpreters, wheelchair ramps, and allowing service animals.

Statistically, there are over 54 million Americans with a form of disability. When that number is broken down, that’s about 19 percent, or one in every five, Americans. As the population grows and ages, this number will only increase, making these regulations increasingly more important.

As the Plant Operations Director at The KentRidge Senior Living, an ADA-compliant community that serves several individuals with disabilities, I work every day to keep our building accessible and safe.

The Americans with Disabilities Act has allowed those with physical challenges to live more independent and satisfying lives. It provides them with a sense of autonomy and security.

Some of the things we do to be compliant with the ADA is ensure that areas, such as restrooms, are equipped with appropriate grab bars and other assist devices, egresses are kept clear, for ease of use, and ADA parking spaces are clearly marked and monitored for those who need them.

Some of our weekly tasks that take ADA-compliance into consideration include a regular check of ADA accessible doors, to ensure they are working properly. Nurse calls and other alert devices are routinely checked to keep them functioning properly for those who need regular assistance.

At home, entry ways are kept clear and accessible. I occasionally have family members who visit that use walkers or other assist devices. I keep things clear and safe for them.

Our goal in everything we do is to continue providing the best possible accessibility opportunities to everyone within our community.

The KentRidge Senior Living in Kent, OH offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near University Hospital Portage Medical Center with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Sunny Hill Golf & Recreation Inc, Stow-Kent Shopping Center, Kent State Univeristy Museum, The Portage Hike & Bike Trail, and Mad Cap Brewing Company.

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