the safe home journal

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 Tips to Keep Your Home Safe for All

July 2013

Our work is our passion

We provide solutions that enable you to remain in your home safely for as long as possible. As we continue to speak to many clients and companies throughout Southeastern New England, many are amazed at our passion for what we do. We have been able to provide peace-of-mind for many clients and their families with our products and services. Having a client express how much we have helped gives us great satisfaction. 


Bill with van Have you seen articles about us in South Coast Prime Times on or in the Providence Business News and The Fall River Herald NewsWe have been in the news (all good) a lot recently. 


Look for more about Home Healthsmith in the August edition of Rhode Island Prime Time and check out more on our website where you can download the FREE e-book 'Top 5 Danger Zones in Your Home.'

Bill & Linda Bohmbach

Robie Pierce Joins Us


RobiePiercePortraitWe are happy to announce that Robie Pierce has joined the Home Healthsmith team as Sales Administrator. Robie will be identifying new markets and introducing our services within them. He will also work to expand further growth with staffing, sales goals, business plans, sales & marketing budgets, capital requirements and more.


Robie brings over 30 years of experience in sales and development management including a 20 year association with the world of RobiePierceSailing disability. He founded and worked as Sailing, Development, and Event Director at Shake-A-Leg for 17 years. This world-renowned Newport based organization created sailing programs for people with a variety of disabilities. Robie also wrote the Accessibility Guidelines for Rhode Island's Tall Ship, Oliver Perry, now under construction and expected to launch in 2014.


Welcome aboard Robie! 


State of Rhode Island Recognizes Home Healthsmith


Rhode Island's Department of Human Services, Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS) recently added Home Healthsmith as a vendor for Home Modifications. The ORS provides a wide variety of services to Rhode Islander with disabilities. Visit their website to learn more about how they might help you.


As an approved ORS vendor, we are now being asked to bid on home modification jobs for their clients. For example, we received a call from the ORS asking us to bid on a job in Warwick for a paraplegic who needed bathroom modifications, door widening and a switch for an automatic door opener. We picked a copy of the blueprints, surveyed the house and submitted our bid. The state prefers to get up to three bids on each job before selecting the vendor of choice.


We are proud that the State has chosen Home Healthsmith as someone they can count on and look forward to developing a long term relationship with the ORS office.


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The ORS mission: "To empower individuals with disabilities to choose, prepare for, obtain, and maintain employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and integration into society."




Wounded Warrior Project Support


We are pleased to be a sponsor of this year's 3rd Annual Golf Scramble to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project


The event takes place on Saturday, August 3 at the Jamestown Golf Course in Jamestown, RI. Entry is $75 per person or $300 per team. Cost includes golf, cart, lunch cook-out, prizes and raffle. To enter, call Mike Holty at 401 849-6922 or Linda Bohmbach at 401 935-4653.


The photo above, from last year's tournament, includes Tom Kenney, a Portsmouth, RI based wounded warrior and Mike Holty, the event organizer. Tom served in the Vietnam War. He was injured in the late 60's and is a recipient of the Purple Heart Medal. He lives in the home he built himself, is an active volunteer at the VA Hospital in Providence, is president of the Purple Heart Association for New England, and has been an active member of the Wounded Warrior Project fundraising team for three years. You rock, Tom!


The Wounded Warrior Project

MISSIONTo honor and empower wounded warriors;

VISION:  To foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded warriors in our nation's history;

PURPOSE:  To raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members; to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.


After every installation, Home Healthsmith makes a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project in the name of a local veteran.  



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Minor bathroom fixes 


Aging in place is becoming easier than ever. A few modifications to some of the rooms in a home can make it both a comfortable and safe place to age. Many new products are available to make rooms safer. Let's begin in the bathroom.


Safe bathroom Preventing burns can be an easy fix. Start at the source by setting your hot water heater thermostat at 125 degrees F. This is hot enough to kill bacteria while limiting how hot the water will come out of the faucet. A thermostatic mixing valve should be attached to the valve leading to the shower to further keep water at a safe temperature. A temperature activated flow reducer, which keeps water hotter than 117 degrees F from flowing, should be added to the shower head and sink faucets.


To prevent falls, grab bars can be another invaluable and easy improvement. Many of the bars on today's market are even stylish! Now that you've gotten into your shower or bath safely, wouldn't it be nice to wash sitting down? There are safe and comfortable chairs available for that too.


We would be pleased to discuss these and other aging-in-place options. Email or call today to make an appointment today for your Safe Home Audit.  



We are proud to support the following events.
If you attend any, please stop by to say hello.


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August 3 

3rd Annual Golf Scramble

Jamestown Golf Course, Jamestown, RI

Co-Chair, Sponsor & Volunteers


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September 14  

Goddard Park, East Greenwich, RI

Silver Sponsor 


Honoring our veterans 

Ray Custy was a Lieutenant in World War II. He served as a Navy pilot from the age of 18 in 1942. His best experiences during the war occurred in 1945 when he and other American pilots dropped supplies on Prisoner-of-War (POW) camps in Japan.


Arlene and Ray Custy Ray met his wife Arlene four years after leaving the service. He continued flying and started a flight school in Mansfield, Massachusetts. After coming to Rhode Island in 1947 he joined the Aviation Company of Newport Airport. He retired in 1978 after selling his aviation operation to the former Governor Bruce Sunderland.


Arlene taught elementary school grade children for 38 years at the Sheffield School. She was one of the first to receive the Teacher of the Year award.


Ray founded Colonial Travel on Thames Street. During their twenty years of ownership, Ray and Arlene traveled to Hawaii, Europe, Asia, and beyond. They even went around-the-world in one trip! 


Ray and Arlene, who've been married for 43 years, moved into Atria Aquidneck Place together earlier this year. If you would like a tour of the Atria facilities, please call 401.683.0725 for an appointment.


Linda & Bill Bohmbach

Home Healthsmith provides in-home solutions that allow you to maintain your level of comfort without compromising your health and safety. 

Visit our website to learn more. 

Toll Free 1.855.HHSMITH (1.885.447.6484)

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