Home modifications (p1):

Objects and things associated with home renovation, especially for aging in place. Examples: grab bars for the shower.

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Analysis & Exploration: Home modifications

Sensors, Dementia, Safety: Real World Experiences

Using a handful of simple, non-intrusive sensors, retired engineer Bob Glicksman has been able to learn all sorts of important things about the daily routine of an elderly person, who has cognitive impairment, and for whom he cares. He has been able to make multiple successful interventions to...

 

 

Alzheimer's Thermostat Design: Jeeves vs. Nurse Ratched

Remember Jeeves, and Nurse Ratched? Imagine they were in charge of designing products for older adults. I wish we had the sort of products I imagine Jeeves would have designed for Bertie Wooster. Unfortunately, we seem to get the products Nurse Ratched might have dreamed up for the unfortunate...

 

 

Joe Maxwell's Universal Design Kitchen

This article describes a piece of universal design (a kitchen) from 83 yr old designer Joe Maxwell. When you read about Joe's kitchen design below from the 1950's you can't help wondering why we don't see more Universal Design in mainstream products.

 

 

Explorer Discussions: Home modifications

Explorer Recommends Lock Box to Save Your Door

Explorer Geri shares the idea that people who have some type of emergency alert should have a lock box with a house entry door key, so first responders can gain entry in an emergency without kicking in the door. .........Read more

I Love My Raised Garden for Ease of Access

Explorer Marty tells the group that having plants in easy reach makes it possible for her to continue gardening. .........Read more

Stairs: Friend or Foe in One's Later Years?

Explorer Rich asks the group whether or not to plan to age in a home that has stairs. .........Read more

Bathing Options

Regarding barriers to independence, bathing options were discussed. Putting a bar (but not with Jack Daniels) in the shower seemed like a popular idea. .........Read more

Robot Helpers Now and in the Future

We had an intense discussion about the use of robots as helpers, starting with some people’s experience with single function versions of this newly emerging technology such as fetching and carrying, cleaning, putting things away for later retrieval, walking with you etc. Safety concern that such... .........Read more

Living Space & Isolation: Interrelated

Explorer Judy reports on a recent article published by AARP which cites an example of a home designed to promote contact with neighbors and reduce the risk of isolation. .........Read more

 

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Useful Products & Resources: Home modifications (shared by our Explorers)

Skylink DM-100 Swing Door Opener

 
Skylink Door Opener
 

The Skylink DM-100 Swing Door Opener is intended to facilitate opening and closing entry doors as well as interior doors for persons with physical limitations that make doors difficult to open or close.

 

Home for Life

 
Home for Life Design
 

Home for Life offers home visits and evaluations by registered occupational therapists, who in turn make recommendations for home modifications for aging in place at home in comfort and safety. In addition, the program offers a list of recommended contractors and builders who can perform the...

 

 

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