As we enter September, it's not too early to begin thinking about winter. I know, fall isn't even here yet - officially. Still, wintertime, and especially the end-of-year holidays will be upon us very quickly.
Remembering parts of the home that didn't serve people as well as they would have liked this winter will give us a starting point for completing projects that remain undone to get them ready for the season ahead. If we get started now, we can still work on windows, siding, roofing, foundations, basements, chimneys, or other areas of the home where the home may need to be open to the outside air for a period of time - but we need to act quickly. The cooler fall air is around the corner.
This time of year is when we need to make sure that those projects which were outlined or planned by people last fall or over the winter have been completed, If they remain, we can help them now to be sure they are ready for this winter. Maybe they thought they had more time to complete them so they put them off or they never got around to getting them started. Either way, they still need to be done.
As the time to move indoors approaches, people are going to need a safe environment that provides good lighting and a stable surface on which to stand and walk. They are going to be conducting nearly all of their activities indoors rather than dividing their time with the outside. Pools, summer or outdoor kitchens, patios, and other areas of socializing and family gathering will become less prominent and may not be used at all until the spring.
Steve Hoffacker, CAPS, CEAC, SHSS, is a licensed Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist-Master 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. Also, check out the "Aging & Accessibility" groups on Facebook and LinkedIn.