The Need for Accessibility - Barrier Free Living


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Almost half of Canada’s total population is made up of those who are over the age of 45. We are ageing rapidly and seeking ways to remain independent. Since only 7% of Canadian seniors eventually move into a long term care facility, it leaves 93% living either on their own, or with family and friends. We are facing a demographic tsunami and we will all feel the effects. We have to improve access now!

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The Need for Accessibility - Barrier Free Living

  1. 1. Mission Statement <ul><li>Reli Able Living offers home modification services to help our clients to stay in the home they love. </li></ul><ul><li>Our Mission is to increase their independence, ensure their safety and enhance their personal living space. </li></ul>
  2. 2. The Need For Accessibility By: Ronny Wiskin
  3. 3. Our Market Demographics <ul><li>Canada’s population is more than 33.5 million people </li></ul><ul><li>Seniors represent over 8 million Canadians </li></ul><ul><li>As the Baby Boomers – 1946-1966 – age, the proportion of seniors will increase, peaking in 2026 </li></ul><ul><li>Canadian consumers over age 65 control 80% of all money in financial institutions and 77% of all privately held financial assets </li></ul><ul><li>This market is credited with half of all discretionary spending in North America </li></ul>
  4. 4. Independent Living at Home <ul><li>93% Canadian seniors living on their own or with family </li></ul><ul><li>The majority of Canadian seniors live in their own home, and wish to remain there as long as possible </li></ul><ul><li>Only 7% of will move to long term care facility </li></ul><ul><li>Some seniors’ accommodation is aimed at ‘independent’ seniors, and are not equipped for ‘aging in place’ </li></ul><ul><li>Many long-term care / nursing homes are old and in need of updating </li></ul>
  5. 5. Seniors Are Staying at Home <ul><li>80% of older Canadians own their own home </li></ul><ul><li>75% of these homeowners are debt free </li></ul><ul><li>85% have made simple changes to their homes; of these, 70% have made at least one modification to make their homes easier more accessible or lifestyle-friendly </li></ul><ul><li>67% of those making home modifications believe doing so will allow them to live there longer than they would have otherwise been able to – at least 10 years (AARP-Fixing to Stay) </li></ul>
  6. 6. #1 Risk at Home - Falling <ul><li>In Canada, falls account for 4 of every 5 injury-related hospital admissions by seniors, cause personal suffering, loss of independence and lower quality of life: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>50% of falls occur in the home </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>20% of deaths related to an injury can be traced back to falls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>20% of seniors hospitalized from a fall never walk again </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>40% of admissions to nursing home are due to falls </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Source: Canada Public Health and Safety </li></ul>
  7. 7. The High Cost of Falling <ul><li>In the US, there were 1.8 million falls by people age 65+ leading to an emergency room visit in 2000: </li></ul><ul><li>50% of falls occur inside the home! </li></ul><ul><li>23% occurred outside, but near the home. </li></ul><ul><li>1 in 3 people over 65 fall at least once every year. </li></ul><ul><li>Home modification is an essential strategy to help reduce falls by seniors Source: Canada Public Health and Safety </li></ul>
  8. 8. Aging and Disabilities <ul><li>1 in 4 seniors will face restrictions in their activities due to long-term health problems and disabilities </li></ul><ul><li>1.5 million or 13% of Ontarians live with disabilities </li></ul><ul><li>This number will increase substantially as the population ages </li></ul>
  9. 9. Common Age-Related Limitations <ul><li>Mobility (walking, climbing stairs, carrying an object for short distances, standing in one spot) </li></ul><ul><li>Chronic Pain (constant or recurring) </li></ul><ul><li>Agility (difficulty bending, stooping, reaching, grasping, co-ordination, balance) </li></ul><ul><li>Sensory (hearing, seeing, speaking) </li></ul><ul><li>Psychological (anxiety, depression, substance misuse) </li></ul><ul><li>Memory (Alzheimer’s, brain injury, stroke) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Legislation <ul><li>Ontario Building Code regulates barrier free building standards for commercial and institutional structures </li></ul><ul><li>The Ontario Human Rights Code requires a “duty to accommodate” persons with disabilities in a variety of services. The Code supersedes the building Code </li></ul><ul><li>AODA 2005 - Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Section 2 of The Planning Act -designates accessibility as a Provincial Interest </li></ul><ul><li>There is currently new legislation with respect to accessibility - CSA B651 Accessible Design for The Built Environment - has set guidelines for commercial and some residential accessibility </li></ul>
  11. 11. Renovation Spending <ul><li>In 2005, Canadians spent $40.7 billion renovating their homes </li></ul><ul><li>This market is expected to grow at 7.2% a year. (Globe and Mail) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Home Medical Equipment vs. Aging in Place Renovation Spending <ul><li>US HME Market in 2004 was $25.5 B (HME News) </li></ul><ul><li>US Home Modifications for Aging in Place in same year conservatively estimated to be $7.8B to $19.4B ( AgeLab ) </li></ul><ul><li>Using AgeLab estimation techniques, Canadian Home Modifications for Aging in Place is estimated at </li></ul><ul><li>$1.6 -3.9 billion </li></ul>
  13. 13. Senior Care and the Home Renovation Industry Homeowners and Enterprises Health Professionals And Service Organizations Designers, Product Innovators, Building Professionals
  14. 14. Reli Able Living Brings It Together for Housing Solutions for a Lifetime Homeowners and Enterprises Health Professionals And Service Organizations Designers, Product Innovators, Building Professionals
  15. 15. Homeowners <ul><li>Reli Able Living offers a comprehensive assessment of the home which includes recommendations for a safe and comfortable environment based on the client’s individual needs </li></ul><ul><li>Implementing a Reli Able Living Plan results in a safe, accessible environment which allows the homeowner to maintain independence and dignity </li></ul><ul><li>Reli Able Living helps clients to stay in the home they love </li></ul>
  16. 16. Builders & Enterprise Customers <ul><li>Builders and Enterprises need to offer accessibility features and adapt to changing legislation </li></ul><ul><li>A Reli Able Living plan offers a comprehensive assessment of the working environment and, when implemented, ensures a safe, accessible environment for maintaining independence and dignity </li></ul><ul><li>A Reli Able Living plan offers cost effective options to enhance your business strategy and approach to your customers </li></ul>
  17. 17. A Reli Able Living Plan 3 Steps to Independent Living Step 2 Reli Able Living provides our individualized Reli Able Living Plan Step 1 Reli Able Living Visits your home or workplace to fully understand your needs and share ideas . Step 3 Reli Able Living professionally assists you to implement your plan for your living or workplace One step at a time!
  18. 18. Home Medical Equipment Services <ul><li>Lifts, Ramps </li></ul><ul><li>Mobility Aids </li></ul><ul><li>Soft Goods </li></ul><ul><li>Bathroom safety </li></ul>
  19. 19. Home Medical Equipment Services - Industry Challenges <ul><li>Increase revenue and profitability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More products </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Deliver quality service </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reputation and relationship with Healthcare and Eldercare professionals is the foundation of long-term business success </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Capitalize on growth opportunities outside of core expertise </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus and expertise issues </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Reli Able Living Services <ul><li>Elevator and Lift Site Preparations </li></ul><ul><li>Exterior Ramps </li></ul><ul><li>Widening Doorways and Entrances </li></ul><ul><li>Bathroom Modifications </li></ul><ul><li>Accessible Kitchens </li></ul><ul><li>Non-Slip Flooring and Home Safety </li></ul>
  21. 21. Reli Able Living Expertise <ul><li>A Quality Reliable Outsource Partner </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Management </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Industry Expertise </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Trained and accredited staff </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Turn-key quotation and installation </li></ul><ul><li>Sales support </li></ul><ul><li>Customized training </li></ul>
  22. 22. Reli Able Living Expertise <ul><li>Affiliate marketing </li></ul><ul><li>Informational website </li></ul><ul><li>Links to affiliates </li></ul><ul><li>Newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>Regional and National accounts </li></ul>
  23. 23. Reli Able Living Staff <ul><li>Our staff are trained, tested and certified </li></ul><ul><li>Our first priority is understanding our client’s needs and treat them with dignity and compassion </li></ul><ul><li>Our goal is to help our clients be independent, safe and comfortable in attractive living and work environments </li></ul>
  24. 24. Reli Able Living Craftsmen <ul><li>Our Licensed Craftsmen help homeowners with modifications to increase their independence, ensure their safety and enhance their personal living space. They take pride in their work – and it shows: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>at least 10 years’ experience in their trade </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a record of success, responsibility and reliability </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>neat and clean appearance </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>strong work ethic </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a desire to do something meaningful </li></ul></ul></ul>