Aging in Place The IDEA Series
Peter Pan housing
For our discussion here, I define "aging in place" as a dynamic self-determined process of living in a home environment safely, and INTER-dependently as you get older.
The 10 Steps for preparing the Aging in Place Home for Surgical Recovery
Prepare Your Home in Advance
Since patients are likely to spend most of the post-surgery time at home, it is important to prepare the living area so it will better accommodate the process. Preparing the home in advance will make things easier and more comfortable. In the weeks before surgery, patients will want to evaluate their living environment and make the necessary modifications and adjustments for a successful recovery.
The Barbie Universal Design Dream Home
1. Adapt main floor of the home for one level living: No-step entry, bathroom and bedroom / Kitchen and laundry on main floor
Design is intelligence made visible. – Alina Wheeler
Baseball is like driving, it’s the one who gets home safely that counts. -Tommy Lasorda
I was reading an on-going blog series about “Beth,” an active, 89 year old woman lives alone in her one level town home. She has lived alone for many years and has a good support network of family and friends from church. She is relatively healthy but deals with asthma.
Aging in Place: A Most Personal Story
My in-laws are just the opposite (I want to avoid comparison here). My father-in-law is a retired pharmacist; he knows the value of health and planning ahead. They recently installed a comfort-height Toto toilet. He has had some knee issues and pro-actively took steps to improve their quality of life by making a simple change. They love it.
Home modifications for aging in place often happen by degrees depending on your scenario.
Here are a few suggested projects that can be done in a weekend:
-Lever-style handles can be changed out for door-knobs; and exchange knobs for handles on kitchen and bathroom cabinets
-Add more task lighting to a room or space, including more illumination on stairs
-Create a wider accessibility in doorways by installing offset hinges that will allow better accessibility in/out of rooms
-Remove area rugs from the floors (can cause falls)
-Add a sensor light to the front entry
-Consider removing a large piece(s) of seldom used furniture to facilitate a walker if needed
-Add a raised toilet seat
-Purchase a ramp for the entry way
IKEA Knows Aging in Place
IKEA is successful in my opinion because they understand 3 key things:
1. Home is the most important place in the world
2. The Aesthetic Imperative
3. Affordable small indulgences