Home Modifications for Seniors: Meet Jamie Goldberg CAPS

Learn about the benefits of home modifications for seniors with the help of a Certified Aging in Place Specialist. Jamie Goldberg of Jamie Goldberg Kitchen and Bath Design LLC shares tips on how to make your home safe and comfortable as you age in place.

Home Modifications for Seniors: Meet Jamie Goldberg CAPS
A Certified Aging in Place Specialist makes home modificaions for seniors to age in place.

Talk to the experts about home modifications for seniors. Certified Aging in Place Specialists are trained to help.

Home remodeling plans to accommodate a handicap or debilitating disease… can be aesthetically pleasing as well. The kitchen designer or bathroom designer …who is also a certified aging in place specialist … will be able to make many suggestions to make aging in place possible.

Let’s talk with such a person.

MEET Jamie Goldberg JAMIE GOLDBERG KITCHEN AND BATH DESIGN LLC 19046 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, No. 93 Tampa, Florida 33647 (813) 810-0467 jgkitchens.com

Diane Jamie, my goal is to help aging individuals make their home their partner as they age. Can you tell me when is a good time to begin to make changes in the home?

Jamie I often incorporate those changes into a kitchen or bath.. when someone remodels.. such as adding a hand shower and grab bars to the shower and changing the appliances in the kitchen. Other changes can be done as needed, or when someone buys a home.

Diane What are the first steps an individual that wants to remain in their home consider taking … to prepare for aging in place?

Jamie They should take into account their physical condition. And that of any other residents in the home, and plan for future needs. For example, are they starting to experience joint pain and fatigue at the end of the day? Flooring changes could assist in that regard. Is their eyesight fading? Adding task lighting can help offset that problem.

What are the first steps an individual that wants to remain in their home consider taking to prepare for aging in place?

They should take into account their physical condition, and that of any other residents in the home, and plan for future needs. For example, are they starting to experience joint pain and fatigue at the end of the day? Flooring changes could assist in that regard. Is their eyesight fading? Adding task lighting can help offset that problem.

Home remodeling plans can be made over time

Diane Most aging seniors live on a fixed income. Are there any green modifications.. that would help to lower heating, air conditioning costs and water usage in the future?

Jamie As appliances fail, many can be replaced with more utility-friendly options. Examples include:

Induction cook tops in place of gas or electric cook tops

Water-saving washers


And Energy Star-rated appliances overall.

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    Diane What are the most important factors an aging senior should consider.. when planning to age in place?

    Jamie I would say safety and comfort are the most important. Safety comes from minimizing hazards.. like removing polished marble steps from in front of a tub, and adding lights to a stairwell. Comfort derives from creating a space.. that welcomes its owners, and allows them to function in a way that feels natural and enjoyable. This means different things to different people. Of course, but aging in place design doesn’t have to look or feel institutional. When I approach a master bath remodel, for instance, I want that room to feel like a resort spa, not a rehab hospital room.

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    Bathrooms are the # room where falls occur

    Diane The bathroom is where most of these falls occur. What recommendations can you make to make a bathroom safe for the aging senior?

    Jamie I would:

    Round the edges on all countertops

    Remove any tub steps

    Add grab bars to the shower, toilet and tub areas

    Add a hand-shower on a slide bar. Along with a bench and linear drain.. , if code allows in that region, within the shower;

    Use slip-resistant tile on the floor

    And look at increasing the lighting.

    I would also replace a standard toilet with a comfort-height model.. that could be easier to rise from without balance loss.

    Diane I always feel that for every problem there is a solution. Does this apply to making changes in the home using Universal design principles?

    Jamie In general, yes, but some homes will be easier and more affordable to modify than others.

    Diane Can you make some suggestions to overcome the physical barriers in a home… to assure a continued quality of life as they age?

    Jamie Often, steps into the home, or within the house, are major barriers. It is possible, with the assistance of a CAPS contractor, to modify the entryway to a no-barrier option. Two-story homes are trickier. There are expensive chair lifts and elevators. The simplest option may be to move the master suite to the first floor. And have able-bodied guests use the upstairs rooms.

    Diane Can you share stories and photos of utilizing universal design in an established home… that assisted your client to remain in their present home environment?

    Jamie The couple that hired me for this remodel … decided that they want to remain in their home beyond retirement. and wanted to incorporate some aging in place features.

    The wife’s vanity is lower. Allowing for easier wheelchair accessibility if that ever becomes necessary. She and her husband both enjoy a days-end bath. We removed the steps in front of the old tub. added a wide front deck for sit and swivel entry.. air jets for sanitary muscle relief… and blocked the area for future grab bar installation. The floor tile is very textured… for better slip resistance, and the shower now incorporates two shower heads.. one on a slide bar, and a bench for seated showering. It also has a grab bar built in, as does the tub.

    See pictures here Masterful Bath Update.

    Diane Thank you Jamie, for sharing your thoughts with my readers… about future home remodeling plans.

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    Aging in place: The ideal way to grow old with independence, comfort, and social benefits. Making home modifications will make life easier and more comfortable.

    Aging in place isn't for everyone, but for those who are the right fit, it offers the perfect opportunity to maintain independence and live in a safe environment. Many seniors choose to age in place for several reasons.

    Maintain Independence:
    Living at home allows seniors to maintain their independence in a safe and familiar environment. Independent living is crucial for thriving in old age.

    Save Money:
    Aging in place is often more cost-efficient than nursing homes or assisted living facilities. By staying at home, seniors can save money to prioritize other important expenses.

    Home is where the heart is, and for many seniors, there's no place like home. Aging in place ensures comfort, privacy, familiarity, and a sense of peace – all highly valued by seniors.

    Social Benefits:
    Aging in place allows seniors to maintain their social network as they age. A strong social network is invaluable for mental and physical health, offering countless benefits for overall well-being.

    Common Home Modifications for Seniors:

    With simple home modifications, aging in place can become a reality. Here are some common aging in place house plans and modifications:

    Declutter: Removing potential trip hazards and adding plastic bumpers to furniture edges improves safety and mobility.

    Install Ramps: Threshold, modular, or portable ramps make it safer for seniors to move around the home and provide accessibility for wheelchair users.

    Grab Rails: Adding sturdy grab rails provides extra support and prevents falls.

    Widen Doorways: Widening doorways enables comfortable and easy movement around the home, especially for seniors using walkers or wheelchairs.

    Bathroom Modifications: Installing a walk-in shower, adding a shower chair and handrails, and using slip-resistant flooring make the bathroom more senior-friendly.

    Kitchen Modifications: Redoing the kitchen to ensure accessibility, such as lowering cabinetry, repositioning appliances, and improving maneuverability.

    Exterior Modifications: Enhancing outdoor safety and accessibility by installing lighting, leveling pathways, replacing door knobs with lever handles, and considering low-maintenance landscaping options.

    Maintaining a Beautiful Garden:
    Useful modifications like an automatic sprinkler system, low-maintenance plants, and artificial grass help aging individuals keep their garden in top shape.

    Aging in place offers the opportunity to age gracefully with independence, comfort, and a thriving social life. With the right modifications and support, staying at home can be the best choice for seniors.

    Enhance Senior Safety and Comfort with Smart Home Devices

    Discover a new world of innovative tools designed to make aging in place safer and more convenient for seniors. Smart home devices are revolutionizing the way older adults live at home.

    Smart Lighting: Never struggle to find a light switch again or worry about leaving lights on. With smart lighting, you can easily control your lights from an app or control panel, ensuring the perfect ambiance and reducing the risk of falls in the dark.

    Assisted Technology: Stay connected and secure with home monitoring systems that include medical alerts and activity monitoring. Plus, enjoy the convenience of voice-controlled devices like Google Home and Siri, which can help with tasks like setting reminders and ordering groceries.

    Home Warranty: Put your mind at ease with a home warranty plan that covers the cost of repairing or replacing essential appliances and systems. Rest easy knowing that heating and cooling issues, which can be dangerous for seniors, are taken care of.

    Safety and happiness are top priorities as we age. Embrace the freedom of aging in place with confidence, knowing that these home modifications can support you throughout your journey.

    Have more questions? Check out the Frequently Asked Question section of the website. You will find a lot of different questions answered directly.

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