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The minister announced that admission to a church social event would be seven dollars per person.

"However, if you're over 65," he said, "the price will be only $6.50."

From the back of the congregation, a woman's voice rang out, "Do you really think I'd give out that information for only fifty cents?"
 

 

 

Do you know someone in the East Valley of Phoenix whose home isn’t working for them?  We will thank you with $50 for every new Cook Remodeling client we gain because of your referral!

 

 

 

 

 

 

On January 1, 2011, Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) officially began crossing over into the "65 and older" category. 

Approximately 10,000 more people will continue passing that threshold every day for the next 19 years.  With more than 70% planning on living out the rest of their lives in the space where they celebrated this milestone birthday (according to seniorresource.com), it is wise to utilize an Aging in Place Specialist and/or a Universal Design Certified Remodeler who can add universal design elements when you remodel to facilitate many years of independence and safety. Unfortunately, the average home has not been designed with easily accessible entries, hallways, or bathrooms, or planned for changes in mobility or vision.  The good news is you can make your home ready to go through life with you.  

Even younger families should consider making their home user friendly for all stages of life, whether it be for someone in a stroller, or a wheelchair.  Over 16 million Americans find themselves caring for children AND their parents in their home.  Caregivers are likely to provide assistance 10 years or more for a parent or spouse. As the population continues to age, there will be greater demand for homes with guest houses, mother-in-law suites, or dual master bedrooms on the ground floor. Families who don't need to use the space yet, find it great for out of town guests, or even for generating revenue from renting the space. Whether dealing with an existing disability or planning for the future, making the right modifications to a home is less expensive to do during a remodeling project, than trying to retrofit later when the need arises.  

Here are a few significant changes you can make to your home, that will mean a lot when you need them:

Have at least one zero level entry into your home.

Fill in sunken rooms.

Having interior doors with a minimum of 32" wide opening and 36" wide hallways are not only accomodating for wheelchairs, but also for those carrying laundry baskets!

In the kitchen, raise the height of the dishwasher and oven, and have base cabinet shelves roll out; your back will love you for it!

Incorporate visual cues in the floor or countertop to help prevent accidents.

Raise the level of the washer and dryer too, as well as electrical outlets. Faucet and door handles should be levered hardware for ease of use.

In the bathroom, reinforce walls around the tub, shower, and toilet for grab bars for ease and safety in transition. Have anti-scald controls, adjustable/handheld showerhead and a shower seat.  A Tornado Body Dryer will easily dry one off before stepping out of the shower without needing to use towels

Modifying a home so it's more accessible doesn't have to be an expensive process. Just make sure to spend time understanding and anticipating the needs of your loved one and help create a space that's best suited for all.

 

Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow.  Phillippians 2:9-10

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