Grab Bars in my Shower?
I spent the past week taking classes on a favorite subject of mine – interior design for the aging population. I’m proud to say I passed three tests (Ugh!) and now am a Certified Aging in Place Specialist! That sounds impressive doesn’t it. But what does it mean?
Did you know that 25% of the US population is age 50 or over??? I had no clue! That statistic is huge!! I don’t know about you, but after a four mile walk, I sit down with an ice bag on my knee that has blown out from skiing and my husband pops a few ibuprofen for a rock climbing injury – something we never did 10 years ago. I think we are subtlety being nudged to think about how our home may need some modifications if we plan to keep on climbing fourteeners and skiing the bumps.
The question is, “How well do you think your home is able to meet your physical needs as you grow older?” Are you going to be a procrastinator or a planner for your future? Or are you going to wait until you have a progressive illness or even more severe, a traumatic injury? What about your friends who may have a disability? Don’t you want them to be able to come for dinner by offering them accessibility to your home? All good questions! Very good questions! The point is, it is NEVER to early to start thinking about these options. The average homeowner remodels every 7 to 10 years so why not think about these options in your upcoming home renovation? You can even be in your 30’s…it’s OK.
Doorway clearances, outlet heights, lighting for better vision, brighter colors, no sharp corners, smooth flooring surfaces. You know, it really isn’t rocket science. It isn’t even expensive. And with the products out today, the look can be stunning. If you need more information feel free to contact me and I can link you to multitudes of sources for products and ideas.
Get ahead of the game. Put the modifications in place on your next remodel. You know, “Aging in Place” is the new “Green”!!! Be a trend setter. Your friends will think you are the rage!