“Clutter Is Much More Than Just A Nuisance”

Clutter abounds in many homes and offices. It is a by-product of all the stuff we get and collect. There are several ways that the accumulation happens, and then the biggest culprit is allowing it to remain. It often starts out innocently enough, but over time it can get out-of-control.  We may have the best… Read more »

“The Importance Of Equitable Use In Universal Design”

When North Carolina State University’s Center for Universal Design quantified their Seven Principle of Universal Design in 1997, number one on the list was “Equitable Use.” It’s quite fitting that it occupies the top spot because it defines universal design in so many ways.  Equitable use typifies what we term universal design – being something… Read more »

“Aging-In-Place Is A Natural Process”

Aging in place as a strategy for allowing people to remain living in their present homes as they grow older has really come into its own. It is widely discussed, recommended, and followed.  Nevertheless, some agencies and governmental programs are looking for ways to encourage people to remain in their homes, apparently feeling that not… Read more »

“The Key To Remembering People’s Names”

People love to hear the sound of their own name, so remembering someone’s name to allow you to address them by it as you are talking with them – in person or over the telephone – is quite important.  So often we hear a person’s name as they introduce themselves to us, but we are… Read more »

“What Type Of Home Is Good For Aging-In-Place?”

As an aging in place professional, or for the consumer interested in remaining in their home, we might be wondering if there is a good type of home that is well-suited for aging in place. While there are homes that are better designed (without any modification) for people to remain in them – particularly with physical… Read more »

“Think Of ‘Where’s Waldo?’ When Doing Safety Assessments”

In the wildly entertaining and sometimes exasperating picture books of searching for Waldo hiding out among the many shapes, colors, and activities on the pages of “Where’s Waldo?” there is an illustrative lesson here in how to approach our safety assessments for successful aging-in-place for our clients. Whether you offer standalone assessments, audits, or evaluations,… Read more »

“Accessible Means More Than Just Coming And Going”

When we hear the term “accessible,” we tend to think of it applying to whether someone can get in or out of a home easily. That certainly is one aspect of it, but there are other considerations that are equally important to keep in mind as we talk about universal design and aging in place…. Read more »