Independent Living Home Building and Modifications
Independent Living Home Building and Modifications (Handicap Accessibility)
You may have heard of one of these terms; Universal Design, Handicap Accessible, Barrier Free, Aging In Place….. But, basically what it comes down to is being Independent in your home. Every person has their own personal needs and way of doing things! Your home isn’t your own until it supports your own personal needs. Custom Kreations, Inc can help you personalize your home so it works according to your strengths.
We will perform a functional assessment in order to gather information on how you complete your daily activities and identify the barriers to independence and present creative solutions. Your home will be custom fit to meet your functioning abilities.
VERY FEW BUILDERS IN THE GREEN BAY AREA provides this comprehensive service. Our designers are extensively trained in individualized assessments for accessibility. This allows us to meet your unique needs, now and in the future. The assessment that we perform, will allow us to find solutions that will work for you and help give you more independence.
We will implement the best design possible that is custom fit for you and your home. The results we create for you may include home design, appliances, equipment, and/or education that will help you optimize your independence at home.
We would also invite your Physical/Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, Home Health Nurse or any other medical expert you may have worked with to share their expert opinions on how we may assist you best.
Most people change their way of performing tasks around their house just to get it done. But instead, why not change your environment and make modifications to your house so you can minimize your risk of accident.
Lets make your house accommodate your abilities so home life is enjoyable and comforting!
We’re Certified To Help You Live Longer in Your Own Home!
CAPS ~ Certified Aging In Place Specialist ~ National Association of Home Builders
ACCESSIBLE HOME MODIFICATIONS Facilitating Safety, Function and Options for Independence in the Home ~ Continuing Education ~ Summit Professional Education
EXECUTIVE CERTIFICATE IN HOME MODIFICATION ~ INDEPENDENT LIVING ~ Univ. of Southern CA
I.D.E.A.S. ~Innovative Design in Environment for an Aging Society ~ National Institute of Health
Home Modifications for People with Dementia, Sensory Impairments, Motor Impairments, & People who are at Risk for Falls
The ache for home
lives in all of us,
the safe place where
we can go
as we are and
not be questioned.
Why Independent Living Design is My Passion
by: Lisa Arthur Huben
Less than a year ago, my very independent, 93 yr. old grandma suffered a stroke. Life, as she knew it, was gone in a flash. She totally lost her entire right side leaving her wheelchair bound and completely dependent on others. There was absolutely no way possible she could continue living in her apartment, so the family had some important decisions to make. We, nor she, liked the idea of going into a nursing home.
It turned out we offered for her to come and live with us. Our house wasn’t completely accessible, but we quickly made some changes to help accommodate her better. We gave her our master bedroom/bathroom. We had to remove our bathtub and take some space from the walk-in closet to put in a walk-in/roll-in shower. We had extra lighting put in, handheld shower head, non-slip flooring, in floor heating all added. We built a ramp to get her in and out of the house, and installed a pergola to protect her from the hot summer sun on the patio deck. We didn’t have too many changes to make, but enough.
The moral of my story is, my gramma had no other options but to go into the nursing home. I just couldn’t imagine her going there when we had the room at our house and I had the luxury of adjusting my schedule to take care of her. It was a huge undertaking and responsibility, but overall, the best decision I ever made. I am so proud of myself and my family because I know we made a difference in her life and she sincerely appreciated it. 3 days before she died, she took Steve’s, Shaylee’s and my hand. She couldn’t talk anymore, but her weary eyes said it all. She told us thank you for everything we did for her. And she told us how much she loved us and how grateful she was that we made her last month’s so meaningful. She lived with us 7 months and passed away at 8:58 pm, August 20, 2013 holding my mom’s hand my hand.
This experience has given me the ambition to help others be able to stay in their home forever. If a tragedy were to happen, I want your house to be able to adapt to your needs so you can live comfortably and as independently as possible. We want to make a difference in your life!!
The number of people 65 and older in the United States is expected to increase to 55 million in 2020; to some 70 million by 2030, and to 88.5 million — or 20 percent of the population — in 2050.
“Aging in Place”: 87 percent of adults age 65+ want to stay in their current home and community as they age. Among people age 50 to 64, 71 percent of people want to age in place.
Out of 100 people:
- 21 will have some type of arthritis
- 17 will have some type of respiratory challenge
- 7 will have diabetes
- 5 will have orthopedic issues, especially in the knee or hip
- 3 will have effects from a stroke/heart attack
- 3 will have a progressive disease such as MS, ALS, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimers
By the year 2020, the Old will outnumber the Young.
There are 3 types of people that pertain to the Aging In Place market:
- People without any needs. They are healthy and not experiencing any significant issues.
- People with a Progressive Condition but are not in any hurry to address any modifications. (Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, MS, Lou Gehrig’s, Parkinson’s, Alzheimers, etc.)
- People with an urgent need for modifications because of an abrupt or traumatic change. (Car Accident, Fall, Heart Attack/Stroke, Surgery.)
Some of the more common design plans are:
- No Step Entry
- Wider doorways (3′) and hallways (4′)
- Walk in Showers
- Lever door handles
- Higher electrical outlets
- Better lighting
- Non-slip flooring
- Grab bars
- Ramps, and so much more