By Rich Obertots
On February 27, members of the Red Hat Society Chapter of the Canfield, Ohio area were introduced to the new THRIVE Bathroom Design Safety Program being launched in a joint effort between Cardinal Joint Fire District and Village Craftsmen the exclusive Bath Planet dealer in Northeast Ohio.
The session was led by Matt Rarick, Deputy Chief, Cardinal Joint Fire District with Emilia Kasputis, Occupational Therapy Practitioner, Jim Mendenhall, VP for Sales, Marc Miller, Design Specialist and Rich Obertots, Marketing and Innovation Advisor for Village Craftsmen that were providing information and facts about bathroom fall prevention.
RED HAT SOCIETY GROUP UPBEAT & EXEMPLIFY WHAT “THRIVE” IS ALL ABOUT
After the THRIVE Discovery and Design Session and a tour of the new Cardinal Joint Fire District Station 2 was complete, Deputy Chief Matt Rarick commented, “The Red Hat Society group represents exactly the type of individuals we want participating in our Fire and Fall Prevention efforts. They were high-energy – engaged and clearly focused on thriving. We are doing this so that our older adult citizens of Canfield, OH can keep thriving and living in their residences by being well-prepared for fall and fire prevention.”
Rich Obertots commented, “The Red Hat Society group were a blast to encounter, fun and truly a joy. They are actively living their mantra – to pursue ‘Fun, Friendship, Freedom, Fulfillment and Fitness.’ Several commented on how they were being pro-active – even to the point of being involved in courses for balance and core-strengthening as well as using the stairs in their home for keeping fit. We look forward to keep connected with the group and – in the future – reporting on progress we’re all making together to THRIVE.”
WAY MORE THAN I EXPECTED
We learned the most common comment expressed by the Red Hat Society attendees after the session was, “This was way more than I expected!” which was most gratifying to hear for Matt and the safety specialists participating from Village Craftsmen.
VP of Sales, Jim Mendenhall stated, “We are committed to being the market experts at informing about fall prevention in the bathroom and at being the leaders in design and installation of bathrooms that are not only safe – but also highest in quality, affordability and aesthetics.”
WE ARE HERE FOR YOU – WE KNOW YOUR FEARS AND WE WILL OVERCOME THESE SO THAT YOU THRIVE
Key to the THRIVE Bathroom Design Safety Program is having highly experienced healthcare practitioners leading the effort. At the session, Emilia Kasputis with more than 21 years experience in the field of Occupational Therapy and rehab stated, “We are here for you. We will always strive to understand what you fear and we are going to make sure that during our bathroom safety assessments we provide you with recommendations to empower you to get your bathroom properly ready. And, the best thing – we will work with you to make it a place you will greatly enjoy as you continue to thrive in your lives. Your bathroom must not be an albatross – it needs to be a place where you experience comfort and the pleasure of high quality of daily life.”
A RED GRAB BAR CUSTOMIZED FOR THE RED HAT SOCIETY
A moment of levity was enjoyed when a red grab bar was featured in the presentation to emphasize the importance of properly installed grab bars for fall prevention and safety. Why not be consistent with the Red Hat Society color scheme? Sure – red grab bars – we can happily do that!
SYNCHRONIZED FIRE & FALL PREVENTION PROGRAM
Cardinal Joint Fire District and Village Craftsmen are partnering to begin conducting joint Fire and Fall Prevention assessments for citizens of Canfield. Fire-Fighters and Paramedics will assess the living spaces for fire and fall hazards and Rehab Specialists for Village Craftsmen will conduct detailed bathroom assessments and provide fall-prevention recommendations. They can also arrange for a quote to install safety hardware or to fully remodel the bathroom.
So special thanks to the Red Hat Society members and Matt Rarick and the entire Cardinal Joint Fire District team for taking action to THRIVE!
SCHEDULE YOUR BATHROOM SAFETY ASSESSMENT TODAY
Our THRIVE Bathroom Design Safety Team is enthused to help you with an assessment of your bathroom to help you continue to thrive where you reside.
To schedule please complete the form on this page or call 330-896-2000 today.