Posted by Positive Aging SourceBook on 06/24/2021

SPECIAL EVENT Homes that Make Life Easier & Support Aging in Place with Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D.


Take a behind-the-scenes virtual tour of the top-rated universal design home in North America, the Universal Design Living Laboratory. www.udll.com This home received universal design certifications: EasyStep, Livable Design, and Life Flex Home. See the design features and products that make this home accessible, safe, convenient, and livable for a lifetime. Explore the details and interact with the presenter who led the design team, served as the general contractor, lives in the home, and uses a wheelchair. Participants will take away practical approaches and resources to integrate universal design and accessible design into their homes. The takeaways include resources, checklists, and tools that the attendees can immediately use in their homes to help them age in place. 

Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D. is a powerful, internationally recognized expert on accessible and universal design. She speaks to and consults with design and building professionals who want to design homes and workplaces that are more accessible, safe, and inclusive. She is the President of Rossetti Enterprises Inc. which she founded in 1997. www.RosemarieSpeaks.com   In June 1998, Rossetti was crushed by a 7,000-pound tree while riding her bicycle and was paralyzed from the waist down with a spinal cord injury. She speaks about accessible and universal design from first-hand experience since she uses a wheelchair.  Rossetti and her husband designed, built, and live in the Universal Design Living Laboratory, the national demonstration home and garden. www.udll.com This is the highest-rated universal design home in North America earning three national certifications.  Since May 2018 she has been on the Board of Directors of the Global Universal Design Commission, Inc. where she serves on the universal design certification committee. Since December 2017 she has been a member of the National Home Safety and Modification Work Group. She has been a Certified Living in Place Professional since September 2016. Rossetti is the author of the Universal Design Toolkit. As a foremost expert on universal and accessible design, she shares her knowledge and experience through her book, feature articles in national publications, in-person presentations, webinars, radio/TV interviews, and podcasts. Rossetti is an inspiring entrepreneur who is rethinking design and building by spearheading discussions and experiments around re-imagined living and working spaces.

Chat Transcript

12:03:51     From  Sharon Rose : Hi All, Sharon Rose, M.S., Social Gerontologist, S. Florida

12:03:54     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : This is the link to our previous discussion https://www.retirementlivingsourcebook.com/videos/safe-accessible-home-solutions-first-of-its-kind-live-interactive-discussion

12:03:57     From  Louis Tenenbaum : The HomesRenewed Coalition is driving incentive legislation to support Universal Design.  JOIN the Coalition. Your voice is critical!  https://www.homesrenewedcoalition.com/. Louis@homesRenewed.org

12:04:12     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : From Debra Hallisey to All Panelists:  12:02 PM

Advocate for mom and dad: hallisdl@gmail.com 609-915-4570

12:04:38     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : From Debra Hallisey to All Panelists:  12:01 PM

Good Afternoon, Deb Hallisey from www.advocateformomandad.com blogger and author on caregiving issues for adult children of aging parents.

12:04:55     From  Gene Poole   to   All panelists : Gene Poole here: EVOLVE!

12:07:25     From  Keith Paul   to   All panelists : HandyPro International, LLC. National Senior Modifications Services.

12:10:44     From  Joan Green   to   All panelists : www.advocateformomandad.com

12:11:15     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : From Joan Green to All Panelists:  12:10 PM

www.advocateformomandad.com

12:11:25     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : From Keith Paul to All Panelists:  12:07 PM

HandyPro International, LLC. National Senior Modifications Services.

12:12:08     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : From Twanda Young to All Panelists:  12:01 PM

Hello.  Twanda Young, Care Coordinator with Privia Health

12:16:29     From  Joan Green : Greetings everyone! I’m Joan Green, an online tech coach:) As part of my private speech therapy practice, www.innovativespeech.com, I help seniors, advocates, students and everyone else interested in leveraging the benefits of tech to make life easier. I offer free 15 min phone conversations and 1:1 Zoom sessions to help you figure out which universal design features that are built into the tech we use as well as other tools can be used to overcome barriers to communication, literacy, cognitive and attention challenges. This is such a fantastic topic!! I’m astounded how many senior care communities do not incorporate more features of universal design into the new buildings being built such as automatic doors to enter the bathrooms!

12:16:56     From  Jennifer Brown : Hi,  Jennifer Brown - Community Relations Manager - Seabury Care Management - 202-364-0020 - jmbrown@seaburyresources.org -

12:26:17     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : Article referenced National Aging in Place Council. https://www.ageinplace.org/Blog/Post/5687

12:27:00     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : Universal Design Living Laboratory. www.udll.com

12:28:05     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : Link to the virtual tour  . . . find the kitty! https://www.udll.com/virtual-tour/

12:35:03     From  Ali Soltani   to   All panelists : HandyPro can help and we are a certified company to design and build universal design

12:35:12     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : From Ali Soltani to All Panelists:  12:35 PM

HandyPro can help and we are a certified company to design and build universal design

12:35:35     From  Ali Soltani : HandyPro can help and we are a certified company to design and build universal design

12:35:43     From  Ali Soltani : COntact us 301-960-1060

12:36:03     From  SUSAN WRANIK : Talbot Hospice in Easton was one of the first to garner awards for universal design - now celebrating 40 year anniversary. Nowhere near the grandeur of this property, but remarkable and enlightening at the time.

12:36:11     From  Sharon Rose : Did your UD improvements serve to change design rules and regs to be inclusive of aging-in-place?

12:40:25     From  Amy O'Donnell : Professional organizers, personal project managers,  & interior designers can help shop for more specialized and custom fixtures that would be perfect for your needs.  Design build firms or contractors who are willing to do what YOU want (if reasonable and feasible) as opposed to GCs may be the best choice since they will take the time to do it right.  Cheap and fast is not the way here...

12:43:39     From  Amy O'Donnell : Was going to ask about your source for pull outs and drop downs - EVERY kitchen should be made with them now, IMHO!  This is so great…the first thing I do is make shelf adjustments to bring everything down and leave infrequently used, larger, lightweight items up top so they’re easy to pull down without pulling out a ladder.  Congratulations on a true labor love—smart and safe can be beautiful!

12:47:41     From  Eldorna Samuel   to   All panelists : Are there any universal designed houses open to the public for viewing here in the DC/MD area?

12:51:52     From  Jim Bland   to   All panelists : Hi everyone... This is Jim Bland with Seniors Home Services. We provide all types of accessibility home modifications, Air Purification, and 24/7 remote care / fall prevention technology to help seniors remain in their home for as long as possible as safe as possible. Our website is www.seniorshomeservioces.com and I can be reached by email at jbland@seniorshomeservices.com and by phone at 410-610-6937

12:54:11     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : From Jim Bland to All Panelists:  12:51 PM

Hi everyone... This is Jim Bland with Seniors Home Services. We provide all types of accessibility home modifications, Air Purification, and 24/7 remote care / fall prevention technology to help seniors remain in their home for as long as possible as safe as possible. Our website is www.seniorshomeservioces.com and I can be reached by email at jbland@seniorshomeservices.com and by phone at 410-610-6937

12:55:31     From  Tom Shipe   to   All panelists : Tom Shipe, Realtor with Long & Foster Realtors

703-946-4844  tom.shipe@LNF.com

Founding Member: Superior Options For Seniors (SOS)

https://www.superioroptions.org/

12:56:01     From  ABIOLA BAJERE : Thank you Rosemarie for your time.  Nice tour and a beautiful home.  Thank you Steve.

12:57:29     From  Sharon Rose : Thank you Rosemarie and Steve for his thorough tour and detailed explanation of how to build and modify a UD house.

12:58:23     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : https://www.rosemariespeaks.com/

12:59:09     From  Karen Hodge   to   All panelists : Excellent presentation, thank you for sharing

12:59:15     From  Barbara L. Stohlman : Great to be here Thanks Steve Rosemarie Homepro……. Barbara Stohlman gotta a run

13:00:23     From  Amy O'Donnell : Raising the dishwasher - genius! Been suggesting toe kick drawer storage and thinking a few steps in the future when doing renovations.  Can’t wait to check out everything you’ve done…thanks again!

13:00:28     From  Joan Green : This was wonderful! There is also the concept of Universal Design for Learning- making changes up front is so much more efficient to help people learn rather than the more expensive option of adding features later.

13:01:59     From  Louis Tenenbaum : The HomesRenewed Coalition is driving incentive legislation to support Universal Design.  JOIN the Coalition. Your voice is critical!  https://www.homesrenewedcoalition.com/. Louis@homesRenewed.org

13:06:01     From  Ali Soltani : HandyPro of Wsshington ali@handypro.com, 301-960-1060

13:10:16     From  Ali Soltani : We do provide automatic door openers

13:10:49     From  Jim Bland : I can answer the flooring question

13:14:17     From  Joan Green : Love the idea of raising the dishwasher and using motion sensors for lighting! Thanks or the warning about using a channel drain as opposed to center drains in showers.

13:16:05     From  Jim Bland : Please call me about the any flooring questions related to those that are best for AIP and falls if they occur.   Jim Bland 410-610-6937 jbland@seniorshomeservices.com

13:18:19     From  Amy O'Donnell : Congrats Ali!  You’re awesome at what you do!


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