With the new year here, one thing is for sure, everyone will be one year older. For the young, this does not even register. However, for seniors, it’s a good time to think of making plans for the future. This, of course, means to be proactive. So when considering how to be proactive, contact Matthew and Michael Houar, the owners of Tropical Wholesale.

Tropical Wholesale, which has roots dating back to 1961 on the island, is one of the largest remodelers specializing in semi-handicap and bathroom renovations in Honolulu. It also is a locally owned and operated business. When asked how to be proactive, Matthew and Michael shared these quick ideas.

Start getting ready to make a safer home

As we all get older, we can have accidents, which can be prevented by being proactive. A slip, trip or fall can change our life drastically. So now is the time to try to get ready to avoid accidents.

Get a budget


If you think you can’t afford anything, think again. A care home can cost between $4,000 and $6,000 a month. Forty-eight thousand to 72,000 dollars a year is not in anyone’s budget, so get ahead of the game and be proactive.

Be proactive

If you want to continue living in your home, then make it a safe environment by:

• Adding Handi-Bars in key areas of your home (such as by steps and tile floors)

• Widening your doors to 36 inches, if possible anywhere, or maybe just in key areas like your bedroom, bathroom and kitchen


• Converting your bathtub to a non-slip walk-in shower with a seat and Handi-Bars

• Conver ting to non-slip floors in your home

Find a great reasonable contractor you can trust

Find a contractor who specializes in this type of semi-handicap renovation work. Remember, the neighbor who is a carpenter is not always the best choice just because you know him.

Call Matthew and Michael at Tropical Wholesale, or visit the showroom at 1351 S. Beretania St. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for some examples and ideas you can try, see and touch to be proactive in your home. Tropical Wholesale is a licensed general contractor that has been doing business in Hawaii for more than 30 years.

CONTACT 263-1252 (Windward) • 456-4892 (Leeward) • 593-2000 and 396-0971 (Honolulu)
ADDRESS 1352 S. Beretania St. (showroom)
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