July 29, 2022

The Fremont Senior Living Provides for Disability Independence

Category: Health & Wellness

Author: Christopher Wilson, 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 Fremont Senior Living, an ADA-compliant community that serves several individuals with disabilities, I work every day to keep our building accessible and safe.

The ADA has helped with accommodations geared towards those that need it, education on the subject, accessibility, and even a better understanding of what may be needed to help.  

To be compliant with the American with Disabilities Act, we make sure our facilities are accommodating and meeting the needs of residents, staff, and employees. Some of our weekly tasks that take ADA compliance into consideration include making sure paths are clear of obstructions, doors are operating properly, and hallways are clear. Painting curbs is also a visual aid that helps with trip hazards.

At home, we use subtitles on our TV, due to hearing loss in our household.

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

The Fremont Senior Living in Springfield, MO offers senior villas, 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 Cox Medical Center South with convenient access to major shopping centers, including Bill and Stewart Golf Course, Horton Smith, River Cut Golf Course, Battlefield Mall, Fantastic Caverns, Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, Wonders of Wildlife National Mueum and Aquarum, and Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield.

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