Ageing elevates to new heights, with a marble finish if you like… residential elevators
Being forced to leave your home in the gin soaked twilight years is a real wrench for people who can still manage around their homes, but are stymied by the staircases involved. However even the weakest among us could manage a platform elevator or, (dare I even suggest such luxury?), a lift at home.
Because I never stop scheming about how I might one day renovate my home, I have been looking at how much it would cost to install a staircase that would allow me internal access from my underhouse garage. This seemed like a sensible plan for the days when I no longer find the allure of running up a slippery pebblecrete path in the rain, clutching the shopping and the soggy mail irresistible.
As many baby boomer adults will attest, stairs are not a long term solution. Amazing to me that I am even thinking about these ageing issues – however, as I look down at my gnarly finger joints, I can’t help but think that my knees will not please in just a few years to come. Be prepared! Look for the lazy person alternative.
I have moved on to look at stair chair lifts, which look pretty daggy but would do the job, or a ‘through the floor’ lift, again daggy but even wheelchair proof, and finally looking at the full fantasy – a personal, private, shiny lift. How cool would that be? A lift! The ultimate grey accessory.
They were once only found in homes of the uber-rich, but now are more reasonably priced … especially when you consider the financial and emotional costs of moving home. The expression ageing in place usually refers to picking a residential or retirement centre that allows you to move up a notch, care-wise, at every step of disability. Renovating your home to cope with the challenges that may lie ahead makes the concept of ageing in place far more inviting.
Have a look at :
Easy Living (an Australian company) http://www.easy-living.com.au/
The Lift Shop at http://www.liftshop.com.au/Lifts/ResidentialLifts.php
Or for some fun, look at this one from States: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uyfo4h6PsAo&feature=related
The toll of an ageing society, that refuses to lie down and die
It was reported by ABC in Australia that there has been a 50% increase in middle aged men (i.e. 45yr old -64yr old) falling off their bicycles, and experiencing life threatening injuries.
There is no mention of women in this group which I think proves that although middle aged women continue to stay fit they would rather be caught dead than wear tip to toe fleuro lycra. Let’s not even mention the hats…..