With the cost of healthcare insurance and nursing homes skyrocketing for those with Alzheimer’s Disease and other disabilities, how can you provide the best quality of life for your loved one?
Aging-In-Place Home Solutions is a division of Myra L. Katz & Associates, Inc., a provider of quality interior design services for healthcare and senior living facilities. After 25 years in business, Myra Katz launched Aging-In-Place Home Solutions in response to changes in the economy and the growing demand for healthcare applications in the home.
“It seems like I’ve come full circle. My parents felt strongly that elders should never feel displaced and we always had grandparents living with us as I was growing up. My dad, Lester Katz, was a long time builder of multi-family developments in the county. So way before there were senior living communities, his properties were created for seniors living independently. There were party rooms, pools and guest apartments for visiting family members. One high rise property even had a popular restaurant onsite and has since been converted to an upscale senior living facility. Designing healthcare and senior living facilities, along with starting Aging-In-Place Home Solutions, is my way of making a difference. It’s like a calling.”
Here are some of the latest findings, simply put:
- By the year 2030 there will be 70 million baby boomers over the age of 65, more than all age groups put together.
- In preparation for the largest number of seniors ever, an Aging-In-Place Initiative is expanding in cities across the country with plans for communities to become more “senior friendly”. This issue has reached a global level.
- Due to stressed economic conditions, there is a trend for extended families to once again live under one roof to save on expenses and to care for the elderly.
- The need for more senior living options, including Aging-In-Place, is increasing for those with dementia-related illnesses as well.
- Waiting lists continue to grow for Alzheimer’s facilities, with the illness now affecting and killing those in their 40’s.
Katz says, “Our service is not design as we think of it. Instead, we are applying our healthcare and senior living design experience to the residences of seniors, those with disabilities and dementia-related illnesses, allowing them to be safer and more independent in the supportive environment of their own home ….for as long as possible.” Falls are the #1 cause of death for seniors, but in addition to the many safety concerns, solutions will be recommend for the following issues:
- Memory Impairment
- Mental & Visual Perception
- ADL (Activities of Daily Living)
- Loss of Motor Skills
A representative of Aging-In-Place Home Solutions will visit with the family and loved one(s) to provide a confidential in-home assessment. Solutions will be recommended to address current needs. “What sets us apart from similar businesses is that, in healthcare design, we approach the challenges from a different perspective. And rather than leave it up to your family to get the job done, we will work with you to implement the modifications desired.” These recommendations can range from the simplest safety and security devices, lighting and finish changes to addressing accessibility issues or preparing drawings for a first floor addition.
“When dealing with Alzheimer’s, it’s important for the family and caregiver to always stay a step ahead of the disease”, Katz says. “So as the condition progresses, we will be there for your family and loved one again….to address your new needs and suggest additional solutions to lengthen your loved one’s golden years at home.”
Currently Aging-In-Place Home Solutions is a resource to St. Louis Chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association, Jewish Family & Children Services, Lutheran Family & Children Services, and Lutheran Senior Services. Licensed and Insured.
Solutions to lengthen your loved ones golden years at home.