Friday, June 16, 2017

Aging in Place for the Modular Housing Industry......Whine? or Design!

An “Aging In Place Report” written by Marianne Cusato
It’s time to elevate the conversation about aging in place. Forget about grab bars and wheelchair ramps. Those are elements of last resort for “old” people. And who wants to be labeled “old”? Aging, as I say, is in between the ears and old is a word used to describe how many years you’ve been gracing this planet.

Regardless Of Age, Homeowners Want to Thrive in Place and Not Age

There is a disconnect between the perception of aging in place by adding grab bars and installing wheelchair ramps—and the reality: that many design features can enhance the livability of a home for all ages. And there you have the first great point.

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Making someone's home more livable is something everyone wants to do—regardless of their age. A young person, for example, can get excited about a kitchen that includes a pot filler over the stove and base drawers instead of lower cabinets, both of which make the kitchen more functional when preparing meals for the family. Likewise, a young urbanite who is redoing their bathroom can feel enthused about putting bench seating in the new steam shower so they can take a relaxing steam after a long day on their feet at work. It just so happens that the same features that help these younger homeowners thrive in their homes will help their older future selves do the same. It’s all about maximizing comfort, convenience and, as a result, happiness

“Improvements that make homes livable only for some (e.g., raised toilet seats, chair lifts, walk-in tubs) risk making them appealing to none. Improvements that make homes universally more livable (e.g., replacing lower cabinets with pull out drawers, large windows providing natural light), however, will make them appealing to everyone as we age”

If you are building new homes, either as builder in a modular home factory, understand the concept of creating designs for the ages isn’t just a fad - it’s our new reality. Learn how to create your designs to its fullest potential and market yourself as the leader on this platform.

Our Industry’s “Aging in Place” Specialist - Valerie Jurik-Henry

To help everyone in the modular housing industry understand how we can take the lead in designing and building homes that fit the AIP “inclusive living” approach, we already have someone ready, willing and able to help both factories and builders better understand how it works. Valerie Jurik-Henry is a national speaker and educator who has spoken at this year’s IBS BSC’s lounge and at several of my Boot Camps.

She is our industry’s “Go To” person for Aging in Place. Hope you enjoy her latest video:

1 comment:

Valerie Jurik~Henry said...

Thank you for sharing my video!

More to come next week on my YouTube channel.
Aging In Place is for all businesses - especially the housing industry.
After all, the Place is the house.

If you have any questions feel free to write me. I look forward to connecting.