July 29, 2022

Gentry Park Senior Living Provides for Disability Independence

Category: D&I Series

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

The implementation of ADA allows us to better help those in need. Some of our residents require assistance like automatic door openers and ramps. Our community has wide doors to allow easy access to the rooms.

To be compliant with the American with Disabilities Act we use automatic door openers, wider than normal doors, and wrist blade lavatory faucets. Weekly, we check to be sure the doors are operating normally, and we also verify for correct water and room temperatures. We also have ADA-compliant drinking fountains that we check each week.

At home we keep the house clean, and the temperatures set appropriately. We utilize ADA compliant toilets and faucets.

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

Gentry Park Senior Living in Bloomington, IN offers senior villas, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Recently renovated amenities include restaurant dining, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Conveniently located just south of E 3rd Street on SR 446, Gentry Park balances a peaceful, natural environment with quick access to the local shopping and attractions of greater Bloomington.

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Gentry Park Senior Living

901 S Hastings Drive

Bloomington, IN 47401

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