Friday, September 9, 2016

"We Can Make A Difference For People Wanting To Age In Place"

Helping people remain in their homes is the key objective of those who want to age in place and those of us who strive to make this happen. We know that many people regard their home like an old friend - regardless of the age of the home or how long they have lived in it. Therefore, helping them retain that relationship with their home is important to them and to us.

Whether they have lived in that home for a relatively short period of time and have brought their lifetime of memories with them from another home, or they have lived in this home for several years, it still represents so many memories to them of life events that have transpired within the home and in their lives while living there. They have become very attached to it, or they have selected it because they want to spend their remaining years in that home. They don't welcome the thought of trying to replace that home or having to move from it. That's where we come in.


We know that many homes need repairs, modifications, and renovations to accommodate people's changing physical needs and to allow them to move about freely and safely within their homes. When changes need to occur, we are prepared to step in and advise people on what can be done and then to help make it happen for them, subject to their budget and priorities.

We know that a person's home also represents a very real form of security for them - not in the sense of protecting them from intruders but in offering psychological and emotional protection. It provides a veil of comfort for them - that they can enjoy their home and derive a sense of peace from being there.

No matter the physical condition of the home or any deficiencies or shortcomings it might have in being able to accommodate the physical needs of the people living in any particular home (owners as well as renters), we know that people want to hang onto and remain living in their present homes for the foreseeable future.

There are several reasons why people choose to remain in their homes, and any one of them is sufficient for us to begin helping them enjoy a safer, more comfortable, more convenient, and more secure home. They can be any age or ability - not just what is commonly considered to be senior. The people that we want to help just will have decided - for one or more reasons - that they want to remain living in their current home. We have the ability to improve that home to make it as functional and as serviceable as their needs and budget prescribe.


Not everyone is going to be open to the idea of making changes to their homes and will just continue living in them as they are. We know this, and we accept it even though we know that we can make a difference in their lives and in the quality of their lifestyle. Nevertheless, we are prepared and willing to help those people who are open to making the changes necessary to accommodate a more enjoyable future for themselves. These are the ones that we need to identify in our markets.

We truly have the knowledge, ability, and interest in helping people enjoy the years they want to continue living in the homes they have selected for themselves.

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Steve HoffackerCAPS, MCSP, MIRM, is a licensed Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist instructor and best-selling author of universal design books. To learn about this and other programs for aging-in-place or universal design, visit stevehoffacker.com or call 561-685-5555.