AOC Show 124/SBL Series - The Ageless Home™ and Universal Design
Valerie Jurik-Henry, Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), joins us on the Art of Construction SBL Series to share why home-builders and architects need to be considering Ageless Housing concepts in their designs.
From baby strollers to wheelchairs, shorter people to taller folk, houses serve the needs of many ages and abilities. Universal Design concepts like master bedrooms on the ground floor, open living spaces, and kitchens without upper cabinets benefit all walks of life. Building Ageless Homes™ not only adds convenience for the current homeowners but will also increase the resale value as the population ages and looks to buy homes with these features.
Valerie is also a professional speaker, author, and consultant. With over 30 years of experience in healthcare and housing, she has a unique view when it comes to educating businesses, industries and families.
Aging In Place simply means ‘to live at home for as long as possible.’ Valerie’s entire career has been geared toward helping people do just that. She works with businesses to embark on the Aging In Place market to offer more choices. Her motto is, and has always been, “Educate to Create a Voice For Choice.” ™
Valerie realizes how important choices are in life. A decision can only be made if we are presented with two or more options. The reality is that we usually do what someone else has done or what we’re told to do. It’s not necessarily bad; it’s just the way we function as people. But think about how much better our decisions would be if they were truly informed decisions.
As we age, for instance, we start to make decisions about:
• Where am I going to live?
• How can I remain in this house?
• Who can help me?
Valerie became a speaker and consultant to help people see these important decisions as educated choices rather than a gamble. With Valerie’s years of experience, she navigates the waters to help you better understand aging, Aging In Place and how to engage in the market.
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