NWPF

News ArchivesRead News

Santa’s here, and he’s wearing a tool belt

Wednesday December 30, 2009

Swampscott Reporter - The Julien family of Danvers, hit hard by serious illness and the recession, is having an easier time this holiday season, thanks to help from three North Shore businesses. Former Salem resident Raymond Julien has multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease, and has been unable to work for nearly four years.

Because Julien must use a wheelchair, he needed a more handicapped-accessible and barrier-free kitchen, which would allow him to perform tasks like using the sink or loading the dishwasher safely and comfortably.

Bob Bakst, owner of Dr. Fix-It General Contractors, operating out of Swampscott, and a aging-in-place specialist certified by the National Association of Home Builders, donated his time and materials to make it easier for Julien to get around the house and remain at home.

Dr. Fix-It installed a new sink, disposal, dishwasher and countertops, and provided other amenities within Ray’s easy reach, applying universal design standards that make everyday activities accessible to all, no matter what their abilities.

Bakst also arranged for a little extra help for Julien’s family, getting home-care providers Marblehead resident Steve McGuirk of Lynn-based North Shore Home Care Resources and Marblehead resident Rosaleen Doherty of Salem-based Right at Home to each provide five free visits. This month, Bakst is painting and installing kitchen-cabinet doors and providing additional new countertops.

Bakst originally heard about the Juliens’ situation through a notice in the Reporter about a fundraiser held last February at the Clifton Lutheran Church in Marblehead. He attended the fundraiser, and then visited the family at home to assess what he could do to help make the kitchen more functional for Julien.

Bakst, McGuirk and Doherty’s efforts to give back to their communities were aided by Marblehead benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous.

Bakst is trained to provide supportive home-improvement services that promote independent living for seniors who want to stay in their homes and age positively with comfort, safety and dignity. As a fully insured, Massachusetts-licensed, full-service home improvement contractor and construction supervisor who has served North Shore and Greater Boston clients for 15 years, Bakst provides quality-of-life home-improvement and modification solutions that incorporate fall prevention and a “no barriers, no boundaries” approach.

Bakst’s solutions accommodate all types of mobility and sensory impairments to allow people to remain at home with help from community-based care, avoiding the expense of assisted-living facilities and nursing homes. Dr. Fix-It offers a home safety functioning audit and survey, and provides home modifications and accessories for clients experiencing progressive or abrupt and traumatic health-related conditions.

Recent News

Nov 17 - 'Moving Day' participant is not letting young-onset Parkinson's disease stop him
Nov 17 - Focused ultrasound shows promise for treating Parkinson's tremor
Nov 17 - New research to target air pollution as a potential trigger for Parkinson’s
Nov 17 - This device will let you feel what it's like to suffer from Parkinson's
Nov 10 - How does Parkinson's disease influence depression?
Nov 10 - House votes to repeal ObamaCare's Medicare cost-cutting board
Nov 10 - Microsoft shows off watch that quiets Parkinson's tremors
Nov 3 - Utah group battling Parkinson's disease with boxing
Nov 3 - UVA-LED STUDY EXAMINES POTENTIAL OF SOUND WAVES TO MANAGE PARKINSON’S DISEASE
Oct 27 - Herbicide's link to Parkinson's disease
Oct 27 - NTU Singapore, KAIST scientists discover new mechanism that causes Parkinsonian symptoms
Oct 27 - 70,000 Washingtonians face higher insurance costs after Trump order, officials say
Oct 18 - Brain disconnections may contribute to Parkinson's hallucinations
Oct 18 - Fighting Parkinson's disease through dance
Oct 17 - Scientists Identify Structure of PINK1, Key Parkinson’s-protective Protein
Oct 17 - Diabetes drug cuts Parkinson's risk by 28 percent, study finds
Oct 10 - Advances in Brain Pacemaker Reduces Tremors, Helps Parkinson's Sufferers Live a More Normal Life
Oct 10 - Medical History Could Help Predict Parkinson's Disease Risk Long Before Diagnosis
Oct 3 - Changes in Olfactory Bulb Explain Loss of Smell in Early Stages of Parkinson’s Disease, Study Finds
Oct 3 - Sleep Disturbances May Worsen Motor Symptoms in Parkinson’s Disease, Study Suggests