The Richmond Times-Dispatch recently published an101 article on the rapid growth of the aging-in-place construction and remodeling industry. Written by Carol Hazard, the article offers an overview of aging-in-place concepts and discusses the benefits of planning ahead by adding accessibility features before the need for them arises. Many leaders in Richmond’s aging-in-place community are featured, including Marion Shackford with Adaptive Home Environments, Craig Toalson with the Home Building Association of Richmond, and HomeKeepers principals John Robertson and Lynn Ivey. Donna Edgerton, a past HomeKeepers client, was kind enough to share her experience with HomeKeepers for the story. Click here for the full article. Click here to see more pictures of the work we did with Donna.

For many seniors, visits to the hospital become more frequent occurrences than when they were younger. Falls, dizzy spills, and a whole host of other ailments may drive a senior to the emergency room. Unfortunately, if your physician determines for whatever reason that you need more observation or treatment before being sent home, you can spend an extended amount of time in the hospital before being released.

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Aging in place is a term that refers to making changes in the home and identifying supports to allow seniors to live safely, independently and in a familiar environment for as long as possible. The primary concept behind aging in place is to look at limitations that people typically have while aging, and modify the home environment to minimize the impact of these limitations.

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