Glickman Design Build Provides Unique Solutions for Unique Individuals

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Russ Glickman is the founder and principal at Glickman Design Build. He is an expert in home design and remodeling. After 30 years of experience in the home design and remodeling industry, in 2009 he decided to refocus his efforts and utilize his personal and professional experience to help those with special needs. As the parent of a child with cerebral palsy who has lived at home since his premature birth 24 years ago, he has developed a passion to serve the special needs community.

Since 2009, the Glickman Design Build has assisted many homeowners with difficult challenges.

  • They provided newfound independence for Kathleen Tevnan, who was paralyzed from a car accident, by creating a fully wheelchair accessible home for her.
  • They helped the Levis family recover from tragedy by building a wheelchair accessible home after the recent death of the father who had provided lifting and carrying of the child with cerebral palsy.
  • Wendy Reilly had progressive multiple sclerosis. They helped her become independent by creating a wheelchair accessible home; allowing her to be with her 10 year old son plagued by autism.
  • On short notice they designed and built a ramp for Marcia Kramer so the rehab center would permit her husband to return home.
  • Also on short notice they designed and built a first floor wheelchair accessible bathroom and shower for Larry Racster, an injured veteran so the rehab center would permit him to return home.

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Russ Glickman has earned 35 national and local awards over his 30 year career. Russ was endorsed and featured in over 70 national and local publications including: The Washington Post, The Washingtonian Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens and many others. He was also named the “Wizard of Inner Space” by Luxury Homes Magazine. Also, he was named National Remodeler of the Year by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry for creative solutions. Additionally, Russ Glickman was named Washingtonian Magazine ‘Top Remodeler’. To learn more about the Glickman Design Build, please visit

Don’t Be A Statistic: Basic Tips To Prevent Home Falls

The time to think about home fall safety is now – not while you’re lying on the floor or riding to the hospital. Every year one out of three adults ages 65 and older falls*. You can help yourself stay on the right side of that statistic by taking a few rudimentary precautions.



  • Check hallways and rooms to ensure they are obstacle-free. We’re not just talking about the traditional stray roller skate here. Power cords, pet bowls, loose rugs, potted plants, and other ordinary objects can all be dangerous when placed underfoot.
  • When you locate a potential tripping hazard, move it to a new permanent location. Keep in mind that being able to see the obstacle is not enough, as you might sometime find yourself traversing the area in the dark (in a power outage, for instance). Even with the lights on, obvious hazards can still trip up those with poor eyesight.


  • Make sure all hand rails are securely fastened. The last thing you want is a handrail that rips away from the wall the first time you really need it.
  • Do not carry large loads while going up or down the stairs. This includes laundry, garbage, and packages. If necessary, look into installing a dumbwaiter. Such a device is relatively inexpensive, and could literally save your life.
  • If you have reached the point where you can no longer use the stairs safely, consider installing a stair lift.


  • Make sure you have good lighting on the stairways. If the stair light is burned out, have someone replace it with a CFL or LED bulb so that it will last longer. Stairs are one area you can’t afford to leave in the dark.
  • Put an easily-accessible lamp near your bed. A lot of bad things could happen in the few steps between you and the wall switch.
  • Get some “night lights” and stick them in outlets all over your house. Make sure no hallway or bedroom is ever completely dark.


  • Talk to your pharmacist or physician about the side effects of your medications. Some medications can cause you to become dizzy or light-headed. If you know about these side effects, you will be better able to compensate and stay safe.
  • Be sure to have your vision checked annually.
  • Always wear shoes both inside and outside of your home. Make sure they have a non-slip sole and are not too heavy.

* Hausdorff JM, Rios DA, Edelber HK. Gait variability and fall risk in community–living older adults: a 1–year prospective study. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2001;82(8):1050–6.

Peace Of Mind From 2000 Miles Away

Recently, we got a call from the daughter of a local stair lift client, telling us about an emergency situation. Her mother’s stair lift was not functioning, and being in California, she could do nothing to help her. We immediately dispatched a service team to the client’s house, and had her stair lift back on line within a short period of time.

After the work was done, we received a nice note from the daughter:


I want to thank you again for all that you did to help my 92 year old mother on short notice when her stair lift was not working. Her bathroom is on the second floor and she has no other way to access that area than the chair lift.

I am deeply appreciative for your caring help.

Warm regards,

Feedback like this is what makes it all worthwhile. Area Access service is about peace of mind for you and your family – even from two thousand miles away.

Area Access Is Celebrating 30 Years In Business!

Don’t Miss Our 30th Anniversary Open House Celebration, May 16-18 From 10AM To 3PM

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  • FREE service on scooters, wheelchairs & power chairs!
  • Unbelievable discounts on everything in stock.
  • Free registration into our drawings of a NEW SCOOTER and brand NEW STAIRLIFT!
  • Prize wheel where EVERYONE is a winner! Prizes ranging from $10 gift cards to your favorite stores or up to a brand new scooter battery!
  • Free food and refreshments!

Not convinced? We will also be featuring our new up and running showroom! Come to see the newly installed pneumatic vacuum elevator display, dumbwaiter display, vertical platform display and more!

The Open House will be held at our DC Metro location – get a map here. We look forward to seeing you!

August Stairway Lift Specials

his month we are offering the Alpine II Standard and the Alpine II Signature Edition for $200.00 off!

Alpine II Standard

  • Proven rack and pinion drive system
  • Quiet drive system with soft start and stop
  • DC drive even runs during power outage
  • Upholstered seat and armrest
  • Folding footrest
  • Two wireless remote controls
  • 350 lbs. weight capacity
  • $2,795 installed


Alpine II Signature Edition


  • All Alpine II Standard features
  • Larger ergonomic seat
  • Attractive upholstery upgrade with embroidered logo
  • Folding padded arms
  • $3,095 Installed

These two excellent Harmar products are located in our Showroom in Manassas, VA (directions and hours). Both stairway lifts are fully functional and ready to be tested.

Offer expires on 09/06/13

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  • "I have been fantastically happy with Area Access for many years. The service has been fabulous. The equipment is top drawer AND THE STAFF is knowledgeable, friendly, and pleasant."

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  • "I have been a customer for years with Area Access. They are all very helpful and knowledgeable about any of my needs."

    -Sandra Hogan
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  • "Area Access has always been there for us…scooters, lifts for the vehicle, chair lifts in the home. I have recommended them to any and all who inquire about my equipment. Often give out their business cards. Folks are all very helpful and kind."

    -C. Chitty
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  • "I have been a customer of Area Access since 1999. I was introduced to Area Access by a friend who had been a customer (handicap scooter) for years. The personnel are friendly and knowledgeable of those mobility items that are helpful to those of us who have handicapping disabilities."

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