Aging in place remodeling, meaning updating your home to continue living in it as you age, has become an important goal for many. The Washington Post cites research by the National Aging in Place Council (NAIPC), which states that more than 90% of senior adults would prefer to stay at home as opposed to an assisted living facility (read original article here). Given that number, small adaptations to the home make a big difference for senior citizens. Read below how SwitchIDs have helped Jean Brussel and Margaret Jones.
Widows Jean Brussel and Margaret Jones decided to become roommates after Jean lost her husband. Margaret had been living alone but liked the idea of having a roommate to help with things around the house and to reduce her financial stress. They weren’t quite the Odd Couple, but certainly had some areas of conflict to overcome. Jean had several items she and her late husband had accumulated, while Margaret liked to keep things simple and uncluttered.
Jean was still dealing with quite a bit of grief and was finding the new living situation confusing. Margaret decided to look for ways to support Jean in feeling more at home - a small aging in place remodeling project. She helped her friend sort through boxes to determine what was worth keeping and what need to be donated or given to other family members. She helped her organize her space to be more livable, including putting her most important and prized items within reach. Finally, she affixed SwitchID light switch decals throughout the house. The 2D decals were very easy to see and understand, and they were simple to apply. Margaret had Jean help her with the application so Jean could learn where everything was.
Margaret’s husband had passed nearly 10 years ago, and while she missed him, she wasn’t in the early grief her friend was. But she remembered it well and wanted to do whatever she could to help her friend. These simple fixes helped Jean from feeling as disoriented in her new surroundings.
Finding ways to make being in a new setting feel comfortable is important for anyone struggling with disorientation or disability, whether temporary or permanent. Easily recognizable symbols, simple installation, economical price, and durability, all make SwitchIDs a great solution for a variety of purposes to reduce confusion about switches.
If you or someone close to you could benefit from SwitchIDs, click here to view our great 3D designs or our easy to see 2D designs to start your aging in place remodeling project today.