Barrier Free Keeps You Going

In response to the huge wave of baby boomers starting to retire, all sorts of products and services are popping up catering to the 50-and-over crowd. However, none of them hits as close to home as the nationally acclaimed “CAPS Program”. CAPS stands for “Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist.”

Aging-in-Place principles are sweeping changes designed to custom-fit your home to you and your family as time goes by. CAPS design takes your current and future circumstances into consideration. CAPS design principles focus on elegant,aesthetically enriching, barrier-free environments. These are changes that can actually increase the value of your home, according to some realtors.

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How We Started

After purchasing the Window Store in 2011, a “brainstorming session” occurred on what area of home remodeling services were needed in Marquette and the UP. A little research determined that many homes in Marquette and the entire UP do not have a main floor bathroom or bedroom. During Jackie’s career in long term care she learned two important things that led to the creation of the Barrier Free Store. The first is most people want to remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible. Secondly there was a lack of products and services available locally to allow individuals to modify their home to remain there safely, independently and comfortably. 

Our Team Of Experts

Jacalyn R. Martin/ RN/Owner

Jacalyn (Jackie) Martin  has over 30 years of experience as a registered nurse. Currently she is owner of The Barrier Free Store located in Marquette, MI. She is a native of the Upper Peninsula and resides in Gwinn, MI with her husband. She managed and supervised nursing departments in several Upper Peninsula nursing homes which focused on long term care and rehabilitation.

Her extensive knowledge of long term care issues with the elderly and disabled individual, hospice, Alzheimers, and dementia  has prepared her well for owning and operating her own business dealing with access to barrier free environments.  Her hobbies include spending time on the lake with family and friends and traveling. She is the Secretary for The Trillium House, a not for profit hospice house and is a member of the Professional Women in Building.

“I am extremely satisfied with the lift and all who worked on it. Thank you for everything!”

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“I am extremely satisfied with the lift and all who worked on it. Thank you for everything!”

“My stair climber has made it possible for me to stay in my home and I am pleased with the bathroom remodel/updates. The employees are very friendly, efficient, helpful, and polite!”

“My dad’s strength deteriorated over a short period of time due to medicines he needed to take. Your company provided prompt service. We most appreciated the person who had the foresight to have a stair lift in stock because my dad basically needed an emergency installation for his safety and mine, so we could safely get upstairs. Thank you to everyone for your kindness and quick assistance at a difficult time. My dad loves the lift!”

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