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Helping you AIP in your home, your way.

April 2010

AIPatHome - Helping you AIP in your home, your way.

“When you invite someone into your home, you invite them into yourself.”
Oprah Winfrey

AIP Housing: Is An ADU Right For You?

When looking at remodeling options to better age in place the addition of an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) could be a worthwhile consideration. It is an extra living unit on your home's property complete with kitchen, bathroom and sleeping facilities. An ADU may be located either inside, attached to, or detached from, the primary home on your property depending on your local regulations.

Also known as a "mother-in-law-apartment" an ADU has many uses, such as housing for an aging relative, a caregiver's residence, extra guest housing, space for an office, rental unit for extra income.
Picture: Accessible Dwelling Unit: FabCab

Instead of remodeling for accessibility an ADU could be a more economical choice.

Picture: Floor Plan for the FabCab Accessible Dwelling Unit

800 square foot 'Modern'FabCab Unit

Emory Baldwin, ZAI principle architect and 2009 Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) of the year, is producing a new, pre-fabricated, ADU product called FabCab that we think is worth checking out.

These ADU’s are both Universally Designed (appropriate for a wide range of people, with varying abilities) and ‘green’ (environmentally sustainable). The FabCab ADU is a space designed to be supportive of a wide range of ages and abilities with accessible features that are invisible. They can be a free-standing structure or attached to an existing house via a customizable breezeway structure.  The FabCab is designed to be at a grade providing easier access for people in wheelchairs or children in strollers. Full size appliances can be used in a FabCab.

The FabCabs are available in 3 sizes: small (449 SF), medium (538 SF) and large (800 SF). Customers choose the finish colors and style. The construction process takes about 3 months. Check out the website for more information: http://fabcab.com/home.html

Related: Check out the Baldwin House Showcase an urban solution for an ‘aging-in-place’ home with features that may seem intended for a person with a disability but that make everyone's lives easier as well.


AIP Consumer Tip: Electronic Reader

This month we have an AIP consumer tip from Barb C. an admitted computer/techno-phobe, who loves to read, save money and doesn't drive. This is what she has to say about the Amazon Kindle:

At first I thought the purchase of our Kindle was a bit of an extravagance just to read books, but it has become a real pleasure for the following reasons:

Picture: Barb C - Loves her Kindle!
Barb C. feels her Kindle has already paid for itself.

* Straight forward instructions and easy to use.

* More comfortable to hold and use than a regular book, particularly if one has arthritis or carpal tunnel problems.

* Instant gratification--can be reading the book within minutes of purchasing it.

* Best sellers cost at least 50% less thru Kindle.

* The reader is in charge--as opposed to the public library--as to how long he or she wishes to take to read a book and no returns!

The above is very important if one does not drive or have access to public transportation-or even a library. It is much easier to transport than several hard backs when traveling for any extended length of time and of course no over-due fines. Being able to immediately look up the definition of an unknown word(s) is also a plus because one is more apt to do it when everything is right there. And last, but not least,you can not only sample before you buy but you can also get some books for free-(a very good price).

I am sure I will think of more reasons as time goes by--in fact a Kindle gift card (or book) would make a very good gift for anyone that owns a Kindle and the Kindle itself is even a great gift for special people on your list.

Have a tip you'd like to share - send it to talktous@aipathome.com or click here to fill out our online form.

AIP Tech: E-Health, We Care

Picture: E-Health, We Care

For those of us who have been following the very slow process of insurance providers, consumer and medical industry acceptance of E-Health or E-Care technology the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging may have offered a glimmer of hope that there is movement along with a peek at the not to distant future of medicare adoption priorities.

By adopting new e-health technologies the U.S. government aims to reduce the cost of medicare by changing the way it pays doctors who would be allowed to bill for internet based visits with patients in addition to in-person visits.

Five percent of medicare beneficiaries who in most cases have one or more chronic conditions constitute 43% of medicare spending, according to Dr. Mohit Kaushal, Digital Healthcare Director at the Federal Communications Commission. Testifying before the committee he also said "... there’s a set of broadband-enabled health information technology, both now and emerging from development, that can mitigate many of these issues and reduce the cost of care while improving clinical outcomes.”

While the government's focus is on saving money the private sector sees a bigger role for health technology. Eric Dishman, global director of health innovation and policy at Intel Corporation, compared e-Care to the e-mail revolution of the late 1990’s, saying that "New health technology is not meant to replace the doctor-patient relationship. ... None of this effort is about replacing the traditional doctor-patient relationship, but it’s about enhancing and extending it to more people and regions of the country,” said Dishman.

“Just as e-mail became a new way of interacting with other people that didn’t replace all other forms of communication such as phone calls and letters, e-Care uses new technologies to create a new way of providing care that complements – but doesn’t replace – all clinic visits,” he said.

To promote the bigger e-health picture and encourage greater acceptance of health technologies a new organization is forming called AgeTek Alliance. A consortium of age-focused technology providers its purpose, in part, is "to promote the awareness, benefits and value of products and services for our aging society." We look forward to tracking their progress, as well as other assistive technology trends, and continue to feature new products and services in our AIP Tech Center.

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