Design for Aging In Place


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An overview of the physical requirements designers consider when designing spaces for transitional living.

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Design for Aging In Place

  1. 1. Aging Gracefully: Designing Baths with Style + Safety<br />Jane Regan, CEO GrandCare Webinar<br />BathPacks LLC 1-20-2011<br />
  2. 2. How We Found Our Niche<br />General Contractor for 11 years<br />Located near Half Moon Bay, Nor Cal coast side <br />Dense 45+ Homeowners in Desirable Climate<br />Serve San Francisco, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara Counties<br />Remodeled over 300 bathrooms!<br />High end bath remodels for disabled, or older clients<br />Different type customer<br />Specific special needs<br />Trust, relationships very important<br />Personal<br />First specialized training 2005<br />Aging in Place? What’s that?<br /> Senior Coastsider’s Home Repair Day <br />
  3. 3. Designs Fit the Statistics<br />85% of Adults want to live at home as long as possible*<br />Boomer households represent 45% of all US families<br />Physical Environment is major factor for <br /> independent living<br />Falls are leading cause of death for Seniors<br />When you really need it, it’s almost too late<br />Jim B - 68, Biking accident, lost leg<br />Jerry M – 47, Progressive MS<br />Irene C – 65, Sudden onset ALS<br />David F – 63, Massive heart attack while driving<br />June L – 72, Retiring Nurse <br />David’s Shower<br />AARP<br />
  4. 4. Safety First Inside + Out<br /><ul><li>A designer’s first responsibility is client safety
  5. 5. Recommend not advertising resident’s “frailty” to ‘street’
  6. 6. Exit via garage to rear ramp, or side ramp
  7. 7. Auto On lighting near home entrances
  8. 8. Exterior elevator installation popular in hilly areas
  9. 9. Total Cost Installed ~$35k
  10. 10. Use existing or build deck
  11. 11. Encourage Universal Design for all</li></ul>Irene’s Lift<br />
  12. 12. Build in Ageless Style<br />Safety<br />Increase lighting, bright<br />Multiple angles<br />Task + Ambient Light<br />Minimize need to reach<br />Utilize Closet Organizers<br />Lower beds<br />Use highly contrasting colors <br />Eliminate throw rugs<br />Remove exposed electric cords<br />June’s Bath<br />
  13. 13. June’s Bath Plan Before<br />
  14. 14. June’s Bath Plan After<br />
  15. 15. Build In Functional Design<br />Bath Efficiency<br />Walk in, barrier free showers<br />Adjustable hand showers<br />Motion sensors on light switches<br />Illuminated light switches<br />Raised height toilets<br />Grab Bars for individual convenience<br />Jerry’s Bath<br />
  16. 16. Build in The Little Things<br />Convenience + Comfort<br />Wider doorways, or remove doors<br />Remove walls to allow for wider halls<br />Natural Daylight with Solatube Sun Tunnels<br />Rocker Switches for lights<br />Multiple Heights on built in cabinetry<br />Lever Handles on doors & faucets<br />Remove under sink cabinet, use a tall linencabinet with rollouts.<br />
  17. 17. Build in Ease of Care<br />Low Maintenance<br />Slip Resistant Surfaces<br />‘green’ flooring, bamboo, cork, marmoleum<br />Short pile carpet in bedroom, hallways<br />Washer/Dryer on main level, front loading<br />Master bedroom on main level<br />Non-porous vanity countertops<br />Laminate, Corian<br />no staining, easy to clean<br />Granite, Marble, Limestone require extra care<br />Irene’s Baths<br />
  18. 18. Don’t Wait Till It’s Too Late<br />86 Year Old Man falls off deck while fixing loose rail <br />Breaks 7th vertebrae<br />3 mos rehab, comes home<br />Resisted all changes except:<br /> adding 2 grab bars<br /> 2nd banisters on stairways<br />Resurface vanity top<br />New lever handle plumbing on vanity<br />Bob, Roberto (BP) + Evelyn<br />
  19. 19. Sometimes We Can’t Help<br />Client is too helpless<br />Does not have any financial means<br />Personal communication issues<br />Are distrusting or depressed<br />We call in another support team member<br />Dr. Eric Shapira<br />Aging Mentor Services, author, A New Wrinkle<br />Noreen Cooper Heavlin<br />Sorting Things Out, professional organizer<br />Noreen Heavlin<br /> Dr Shapira<br />
  20. 20. Call a Specialist!<br />Certified in Design for Aging In Place<br />Experienced with Building Department and making plans<br />Aging In Place remodels include Elevators, <br /> Ramps, Bath & Kitchen modifications, <br /> Stair Chairs, Grab Bar procurement, <br /> Bariatric items, Installation, etc. <br />Can discuss Universal Design with people of all ages<br />Family members<br />Act as guide to lifespan design for active lifestyles<br />A coach for Independent living<br />Decisions for built In, lasting value<br />Knows the marketplace for best values and styles<br />
  21. 21. Work with a Specialist!<br />CAPS Certification<br />Technical<br />Business Management<br />Customer service skills essential to competing in the fastest growing segment of the residential remodeling industry: home modifications for the aging-in-place. <br />CAPS Code of Ethics – Administered by NAHB*<br />Protect<br />Respect<br />Support <br />Comply<br />national assoc. of homebuilders<br />
  22. 22. New On Line for 2011<br /><ul><li>Revolutionary technology allowing clients to select, purchase and schedule installation of a complete Aging in Place bath
  23. 23. All selections done on line by Price, Purpose and Style
  24. 24. Once final, an Authorized Bath Pack Franchise Contractor will come to your home, verify measurements, finalize selections, procure permit
  25. 25. When all materials are delivered to Contractor, installation scheduled and will be completed within 2-3 weeks.</li></li></ul><li>BathPacks: Designed On Line, Installed On Time<br />Convert your bath for comfortably aging<br />Select designs from the comfort of your own home<br />Visualize what the design will look like in your bath<br />Receive Designer plans ready for permits, at an affordable price<br />Materials are high quality, durable, beautiful and easy to care for<br />ADA Compliant Lighting, flooring, Water Sense plumbing fixtures, renewable tile and eco-friendly cabinetry selections<br />Reliable installers, Franchise network, pass ethics test, sensitivity training for working with Seniors, and practical training course<br />
  26. 26. Barrier Free Design <br />