Carol’s Story

Ramp Needed – NOW!

Carol needed a way to get her ailing husband, who was in a nursing home, into the home that they had lived in for the past 30 years – the home where they raised their family.  Now that their children were grown and married, it was just Carol and her husband.  In recent months, he had been rehabilitating in a nursing home and both were anxious for him to come home.  After performing a home evaluation, her husband’s Physical and Occupational Therapists were concerned that the home was not wheelchair accessible.  Carol was told that she needed to ensure that the home was accessible in order for her to bring her husband of 54 years home.

Carol needed a ramp installed QUICKLY so she could get her beloved husband home. Carol called LIVE WELL to provide her with a solution to her problem. Within three days, LIVE WELL was onsite, constructing a ramp that would give Carol the access that she needed.  Just as importantly, LIVE WELL reviewed the home entry points and proposed a wheelchair ramp that would allow Carol to pull into the garage for safety and security, while giving her the ability to access their home while pushing her husband in his wheelchair.

Carol was ecstatic LIVE WELL was able to provide the ramp inside the garage instead of typically across the front yard up to the front entry door.  She did not want others to see the ramp and loved that it afforded her the safety and security of being able to close the garage door and be out of the weather while transferring her husband from the car to his wheelchair and into the house.

Carol’s Testimony:
My husband was going to be discharged from a rehab facility in a few days and a wheelchair ramp would be needed for him to access our home.  I didn’t know who would be able to build a ramp in a short period of time.  A friend gave me the name and number of  Terry Donovan of LIVE WELL home modification specialists.  He responded to my phone call that day and arrived with plans for a ramp to be installed inside our garage. 

Within  a quick time frame LIVE WELL put in the wheelchair ramp which is working great and fulfilling our expectations. 

Thank you Terry and LIVE WELL.  ~Carol B.


LIVE WELL is dedicated to providing the best services and installations available, and our team works continuously to improve the lives of those we serve. The list below contains some of the most requested modifications and services, but is not a limit to what we can provide you with.

A free, in-home consultation will provide you with a detailed proposal specifically tailored to your specific needs and situation. Please contact us today!

Wheelchair Ramps


Vertical Lifts

Ceiling Track Systems

Grab Bars

ADA Height Commodes

Lowered Electrical switches

Counter heights

Wider hallways

Lever or pedal control faucets

Adjustable handheld shower heads

Roll-in showers

Levered door hardware

Illuminated light switches

Accessible doorbells

Shower seats

Safety call systems


Slip-resistant flooring

Security system wiring

Back-up generators



Relocate laundry hook-ups

Project Management and Consultation

Universal Design and Accessible Housing Construction

And much more!


Is LIVE WELL a Home Remodeler?

Live Well is not just a remodeling company. We are modification specialists who are focused on solutions that fit your needs and maintain your quality of life. We are the only universal design/aging in place modification company in St. Louis who have Occupational and Physical Therapists on-call that specialize in aging in place and universal design. We are uniquely positioned to treat every client with compassion, understanding and with a holistic approach. We want to make your home a comfortable and productive place to live. Make your home a place to Live Well.

What Does Home Modification Mean?

Home modification refers to converting or adapting the environment in order to make performing tasks easier, reduces accidents and supports independent living. Home modification can be as simple as removing hazards like throw rugs to minor modifications like adding special features or assisting devices including grab bars, ramps, moving light switches and electric receptacles to very extensive modifications like moving furnishings and changing where certain activities occur. Large modifications can include converting a first floor room into a bedroom to renovating bathrooms and kitchens to adding in vertical lifts or ceiling track systems. In some cases, modifying the whole home may be required to restore function and productivity. In any case, Live Well can adapt any situation as well as offer solutions that might not be obvious now but may come to light later. With the support of LIVE WELL specialists and the therapists that LIVE WELL works with, we have the opportunity to recognize and avoid potential situations along with being able to offer immediate comprehensive solutions.

Everyone wants to LIVE WELL. That is why every project, from the smallest and simplest to the large modifications and even new home construction is approached with the same meticulous, holistic, LIVE WELL dedication to serving those with special needs.


What is Aging in Place?

Aging in Place is the ability to remain in your home environment despite age or level of ability. It promotes function and interaction within a safe environment, creating well being and prosperity.


What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy (OT) provides services to assess and rehabilitate patients in the areas of self-care, work, and leisure and includes assessment of the environment that these areas are performed in. These areas may be compromised due to cognitive or physical disability. According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, in regards to home modifications, the role of the OT is to “assess the need for home modifications, to identify home modification solutions, or to train the client to use the modifications to optimize performance and participation.”


Will modification hurt my resale value?

No. In fact, studies have shown that home modifications with Universal Design features sell higher than those without.

Transforming Your Home So You

Call for a free, in-home consultation today. 314-221-6668


How will I Know what needs to be done?

Every client is given a home evaluation by a CAPS certified LIVE WELL Home Modification Specialist. They will take you through a step-by-step evaluation of your home and all the modifications that it will take to bring your home up to the standards for your specific needs. LIVE WELL works with your OT/PT if they have done a home evaluation already and LIVE WELL can provide a OT/PT depending upon the evaluations required.


Will it cost me a lot for home modifications?

It depends on the scale of modifications. Some may be minor modifications for example, adding grab bars, electric outlet and light switch relocation, sight line adjustments and lighting enhancements, to larger projects such as typical bathroom and kitchen modifications to moving a bedroom from the second floor to a modified first floor bedroom.


How do I make the right decision for what I need right now?

The Home for Life Design encompasses all areas of lifestyle in the home and no corner will be left unturned to ensure the best service. The listing of suggestions made by the therapist or CAPS specialist will enable you to easily see what is available and meets yours or your loved one’s needs. For example, structural changes in doorway widths may be recommended but non-structural changes such a swing-away hinges for the door may also be applied as a solution to narrow openings. LIVE WELL works closely with the client or homeowner to make the modifications based on priority, finances and space available.


Do I have to modify my whole house at once?

Possibly. It depends on how difficult it is to maneuver around your home as a whole or how incapacitated you or your loved one may be. Also, a good school of thought is to look down the road and be prepared. It will be less costly in the long run if you make some modifications while others are scheduled to be done. This can be answered with your LIVE WELL Modification Specialist. Since your home will be in the modification mode even though we try to make our time modifying as less invasive as possible, there is still down time for your home. In some cases, it may be better to get the home down time out of the way all at once. Another argument for doing as much as you can is the ability to obtain financing. And finally, why not start enjoying your life with the full benefits of a LIVE WELL home as soon as possible?


Is home modification funding available?

Yes, there is funding available for those who qualify. There are many options that include Reverse Mortgage funding, assistance from the VA and other non-for-profit charities. Various life insurance policies can also encompass home modification costs. The options can be discussed in further detail with your LIVE WELL Specialist.