Video conferencing apps promote safety and independence
Adapt-Able Design Group
Social media is a popular way for people to stay connected with friends, share photos and opinions. Free video conferencing applications are also an excellent tool to help people stay in their homes longer and can promote greater safety and independence.
The use of Skype, Google Hangouts, Vsee, and other similar programs allows people with a computer, tablet or smartphone the ability to have quick access to personalized support from professional care providers (nurse, social worker, etc.) offering the service, and from friends or family members.
Universal design in the community planning
NC State University
As the field of universal design matures and expands, many are turning their attention to the broader issue of neighborhood, community and urban design. Those who live in rural areas or even typical suburban settings (even in well designed homes) can be isolated within their neighborhoods and communities for several reasons: 1) because few other homes in the area are accessible, 2) because car use may not be possible yet travel to any or all destinations require the use of a car, or 3) because the neighborhood itself lacks safe places to walk or roll. Many current trends in planning and land development practice create hospitable environments that address items No. 2 and No. 3. Few deal with more usable housing.
At home: Where are you spending your golden years?
The Topeka Capital-Journal
As Baby Boomers and their parents age, they face a dilemma: Spend money on the family home to make it more "elder" friendly, buy a new house that already has the amenities or make the move to a retirement community. "I work with people every single day with who are in the throes of making the decision," states Connie Michaelis, marketing director at McCrite Plaza, an adult retirement community in Topeka. "The mantra is 'stay in your home that will fix everything.' It doesn't."
Tory, Chow offer views on improving accessibility in Toronto at afternoon debate
Mayoral candidates Olivia Chow and John Tory offered their views Monday on how to improve accessibility in the city for individuals living with disabilities.
The two candidates took part in an afternoon debate at Ryerson University and touched on topics including physical and financial barriers as well as discrimination facing those with disabilities.
The Adapt-Able Design Group has the patience, education and ability to work with you and your health professionals to ensure your design is meaningful. Each design is tailored to meet your needs. We are not a vendor of products and therefore have no vested interest trying to fit you into a cookie cutter solution. We fit places to people.
We offer a full range of services:
Home assessment and consultation
Custom design and architectural working drawings
Project management, including overseeing custom renovations and new home construction
Alternative housing recommendations
Real estate accessibility home inspections
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