We're a team of licensed healthcare, construction, and real estate professionals specializing in residential accessibility.
Accessible Housing Services is a consulting firm that provides residential accessibility services to legal professionals, insurance companies, and private pay individuals. We provide case management services pertaining to home modification, assistive technology, and accessible real estate.
We provide services in an unbiased and objective manner, and our work files always remain 100% transparent. We have an impeccable 7-year service history.
We're dynamic & creative professionals who specialize in residential accessibility, & we're passionate about accessible & universal design.
Eric witnessed first-hand that physical impairments confined individuals, making them prisoners in their own homes. Built with multiple steps, narrow halls and doorways, inaccessible bathrooms, and sunken rooms, most homes presented insurmountable challenges to independence and self-sufficiency. This became the impetus behind his passion for Universal Design, real estate and construction. He studied professionally, learning the skills needed to change the confinement suffered by those with physical limitations. He earned Maryland licenses in real estate appraising and sales and is a licensed building contractor, specializing in accessible housing.
Eric integrated this expertise to establish Accessible Housing Services (AHS). Since 2006, Eric has provided residential accessibility consultation services to individuals in need of modification and the professionals who facilitate them. His experience, knowledge, and objectivity have enabled him to restore independence and improve the quality of life to thousands of individuals.
Eric serves as a legal expert in the field of wheelchair accessible housing. Drawing on his wealth of experience and education, he provides authoritative evidence regarding accessibility issues, accommodation requirements, and acquisition and remediation costs for suitable housing necessitated by accidental injuries or medical malpractice. His testimony has been provided on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants, individuals and corporations.
Though Eric dedicates all of his professional time to AHS, he often serves as a contractor, directing accessible and universal design remodeling projects. Working hands-on, as he often does to the surprise of his clients and professional peers, keeps his consulting skills honed and focused. The field experience gives him greater insight when designing modifications. In Baltimore in 2005, Eric purchased a house and created a Universal Design model home. Eric incorporated more than 70 accessible and universal design features in the remodeling project, resulting in a barrier-free living environment. The house won the accolades of builders and accessibility advocates and was featured in national magazines, newspapers, television shows, and talk shows.
In 1999, Shara began to develop the mobility and assistive technology services of USA Rehab, a Medicare Accredited durable medical equipment (DME) company located in Baltimore. As she helped build this new DME company, Shara learned all aspects of providing complex rehab equipment to clients, from evaluation and documentation to repairing and customizing equipment. Due to this extensive first-hand experience, Shara has grown to possess a unique skill-set compared to other therapists in her field.
At Accessible Housing Services, Shara provides consultation services for the acquisition of complex rehab equipment, and she facilitates the service directly between the paying source and end user. This allows her to remain objective when providing consultative services. By staying current in the industry, Shara ensures that the most appropriate devices are selected for her clients, negotiates discounted prices from vendors, and oversees proper delivery and thorough user education. Her direct access to equipment and manufacturers are invaluable to AHS.
Shara also offers considerable remodeling and accessibility experience. In 2005, she assisted Eric in remodeling a Universal Design model home. Shara was instrumental in the bathroom and kitchen design as well as the home’s layout and product selection. She can frequently be found in the field evaluating, measuring, and problem-solving.
Shara is one of a handful of occupational therapists approved by the state to perform Environmental Assessments.
After completing his affiliation, Scott worked at USA Rehab, a Medicare-accredited DME company, assessing, recommending, and implementing home modifications and assistive technology. This experience greatly enhanced his professional development, since he was responsible for implementing his recommendations — uncommon for occupational therapists. By installing grab bars, replacing toilets, widening doorways, building ramps and installing lifts himself, Scott became uniquely qualified in the home accessibility field. He also was involved with all facets of complex rehab equipment. During this time, Scott obtained his Maryland contractor’s license.
Scott worked at AHS part-time when the business started in 2007. During that time, he gained clinical experience working on the TBI unit at Sinai Hospital and home health experience with an agency in Baltimore. The knowledge gained in these areas has enabled Scott to educate AHS clients and medical professionals with real knowledge of a given client’s new medical challenges.
Scott acquired his real estate license in 2008. He was instrumental in a $1.2 million dollar AHS project for a pediatric spinal cord unit which involved an $800,000 property acquisition, plan development, and contractor management for a $350,000 remodeling project. This project included coordinating multiple international attorneys, real estate agents, contractors, and family members.
Scott’s primary responsibilities at AHS involve all aspects of residential accessibility such as client and property assessments, development of construction plans, contractor solicitation, and project management. Scott is experienced in using various CAD programs, and his proficiency is illustrated by the sample drawings throughout the website. Scott also handles the project management services at AHS, which provides all parties with consistent quality assurance.
His quest for knowledge remains quite evident. Since 2006, he’s acquired specialty certifications from the National Association of Home Builders (CAPS), National Association of Realtors (SRES), Accessible Home Improvement of America (CEAC), University of Southern California (Executive Certificate in Home Modifications), Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (ATP), National Association of Realtor endorsed Certified Buyers Representative (CBR), National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP), and Minnesota State Building Official Accessibility Specialist. In January of 2015 Scott was recognized by The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) through his achievement in obtaining the Specialty Certification in Environmental Modifications (SCEM). This distinction has been accomplished by less than 1% of all occupational therapists nationally.
Scott’s an avid contractor. That’s why it’s not unusual to find him operating heavy equipment, building a foundation, carefully crafting custom handrails, or renovating a full bathroom.
Dora Hutchens, a retired occupational therapist, has more than 30 years of experience in occupational therapy, including clinical, teaching and management. Her practice areas included rehabilitation, home health care, injured workers, ergonomics, ADA, geriatrics, developmental and cognitive disabilities, positioning, and management.
Dora’s primary responsibilities at AHS include assisting Shara with the administrative aspects of the equipment consultative services. Dora coordinates the communication with external healthcare professionals involved with projects, obtains and reviews medical documentation, and coordinates activity between the vendors and end users. Dora also assists with claims administration and accounts receivables.
Russ’s primary role at AHS is to complete the initial home measurement phase of our projects as well as to provide contractor management services for our projects. Russ’s eye for detail ensures that the contractor’s work complies with contractual stipulations and that the work is completed correctly the first time.
Prior to entering the home medical equipment field, Russ worked in the commercial construction field.
Merideth came to AHS with many years of business planning and process standardization experience at Chrysler Corporation which included comprehensive financial reporting. When not on her computer, Merideth enjoys working in her garden, skiing and staying active.
Beth holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources. She brings many years of human resource and strategic business management experience to AHS. She possesses over twenty years of experience directing personnel, maintaining client relations, and ensuring operational efficiency within the healthcare arena.
Ashley also provides technical support, graphic design and WordPress management to various departments. When not concentrating on AHS action items, you can find Ashley with her husband at a sports field cheering on one of her three boys.