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Frequently Asked Questions

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Creating an Aging in Place plan can prevent unexpected events from turning into crises that compromise one’s ability to live independently, Adaptable home is here to help create the plan.

Aging in Place is the ability to live in one’s home for as long as confidently and comfortable possible.

Today, many baby boomers and seniors are able to remain in their houses longer than ever before by making smart design changes to their homes. Livability can be extended through the incorporation of a wide range of attractive home fixtures and products available to help aging and disabled individuals make their homes safer, more comfortable and convenient- without sacrificing style. Most homes can be made more accessible with relatively simple modifications and the incorporation of universal design principles and other assistive technologies. Creating an Aging in Place plan can prevent unexpected events from turning into crises that compromise one’s ability to live independently and Adaptable home is here to help with that plan.

There are 3 Scenarios of Aging in Place:

1. Aging in place without urgent needs: This group includes individuals who want to stay in their current home, are not experiencing immediate health/mobility issues, and prefer aging in place and universal design conveniences. Many times this group starts to make decisions concerning their living environment before or around the time of retirement.

2. Aging in place with progressive Condition-based needs: This group is made up of those with chronic or progressive conditions that will require special modifications for aging in place. These individuals are usually aware of their needs but meeting them is not necessarily urgent. Many have chronic conditions such as diabetes and lung/heart disease that challenge them.

3. Aging in place with traumatic change needs: This group includes those who experienced an abrupt or immediate change that demands adjustments in the living environment for aging in place modifications and universal design.

For more information about Age in Place got to: www.ageinplace.org


How do you make your Home Senior Friendly?

Entry Ways

-No Step Entries From Sidewalks

-No Step Entries From Driveway

-No Step Entries From Front Entry

-No Step Thresholds in entry

-No Step threshold in home between rooms

-Garage Lift

Bathrooms/Bedrooms

-Building a roll-in shower with multiple shower heads (height adjustable handheld shower head and fixed)

-Lowering the bathroom sink and making sure there’s proper knee clearance

-Installing an elevated toilet

-Installing grab bars

-Ensuring there’s ample maneuvering clearance

-Building a walk-in closet with storage at differing heights

-Installing rocker light switches that are easier to turn on compared to a more common flip switch

Kitchens

-Ensuring there’s ample maneuvering space

-Varying the height of countertops

-Installing a sink with knee clearance

-Installing a raised dishwasher

-Lowering cooking surfaces

-Mounting a wall oven or microwave at reachable heights

-Making sure there’s an abundance of storage space within reach

-Providing a desk/work area with knee clearance

Lighting

-Adding proper lighting where you need it

-Switch to rocker-type light switches

-Well-placed skylights and ceiling lights

-Remote control lighting fixtures

Why choose a CAPS professional?

Choosing a Certified Aging in Place Specialist to work with you on your home remodeling project means you have done your homework. You have selected someone who has been trained by the National Association of Home Builders in remodeling, building, retrofitting and crafting home solutions for seniors, the elderly, and those who wish to stay in their home while aging in place.

What is Universal Design?

The term “universal design” was coined by the architect Ronald L. Mace to describe the concept of designing all products and the built environment to be aesthetic and usable to the greatest extent possible by everyone, regardless of their age, ability, or status in life.  This type of design is also known as barrier free living. Experts like Adaptable Home make educated adjustments to current or new homes to make them accessible for everyone. We know what to do to make your home work for you. Maybe wider doorframes and hallways, or ramps, grab bars and lower counters. Many parts of universal design are not even noticeable, except to those who need the user-friendly adaptations.

The Principles of Universal Design:

Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University

The Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University expounds the following principles:

1.  Equitable use

2.  Flexibility in use

3.  Simple and Intuitive

4.  Perceptible information

5. Tolerance for error

6. Low physical effort

7. Size and space for approach and use

8. These principles are broader than those of accessible design and barrier-free design.

What Others Say

Kevin and Krisy, Jenison

We cannot get over all the details Adaptable Home put into our home. The fireplace is just beautiful. In fact that is the first thing people comment on when they first walk in the house. You can totally trust Bruce. We had a great relationship with him through the whole process. He also brought a lot of great details into the house plans, which in turn gave us the home of our dreams.

Kevin and Krisy, Jenison
Cheryl, Grandville

The team at Adaptable Home are great to work with. They are personable, honest and do quality work. I would buy one of Bruce’s homes in a heartbeat.

Cheryl, Grandville
Ryan and Brooke, Compstock Park, MI

They were prompt and courteous when showing up for the initial estimates, Very knowledgeable and friendly. We decided to have all the work completed by them and could not have been more pleased. They were quick, maintained constant communication with me for any changes to the initial plan that needed to be made and were very competitively priced. I would highly recommend them for any home repairs, construction, or handy man work. Very courteous and a pleasure to work with.

Ryan and Brooke, Compstock Park, MI
Forest, Walker, MI

We appreciated the quality of products and work. The grab bars and the ramp were sturdy and exactly the solution we needed. Adaptable Home’s work is always done well to completion.

Forest, Walker, MI
Dennis and Nancy, Wyoming, MI

I love how Adaptable Home uses every little space to create cupboard and storage solutions. Bruce is a great listener, he listened to all our ideas and incorporated them into workable beautiful solutions.

Dennis and Nancy, Wyoming, MI

How Do I Get Started?

Adaptable Home works together with families, advocates and caregivers to insure that every aspect of the home allows independent living now and in the future. Adaptable Home’s team member will sit down with each family and discuss problem areas and create solutions that work for your specific family. Following is a list of things to get you started thinking about how to incorporate barrier free living into your home:

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  • List Problem Areas In Your Home

    Make a list of areas within your home that cause a problem for you or your family member to live independently now or in the future.

  • List Caregivers Needs

    Make a list of things that would improve the ability for caregivers to provide care.

  • Evaluate your home from the perspective of your loved one

    Evaluate your home from the perspective of your loved one: are they a child? Do they use a wheel chair or walker?

  • Evaluate Home Entry Points

    Look at all entry points of your home both inside and outside the home, such as doorways, walkways, steps and driveways.

  • Evaluate/Monitor Your Loved One as They Go Throughout Their Day

    If you are an advocate for a family member, but do not live in the house, plan a visit so you can monitor your loved one as they go throughout their day. This will give you first hand experience on where the problem areas are in order to create solutions for a safe and comfortable living environment.

  • Prioritize Your Critical Needs First

    After you have made your list, prioritize your most critical needs first. This will help an Adaptable Home team member organize a strategy the best fits your needs and budget.