London Bridge is Falling Down …….

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My fair lady!  Yes, women especially in their later years and men too, of course, often find themselves taking a fall.  The problem is that if their bones are brittle, they tend to break something, often a hip which can produce dire consequences.

I, myself, have fallen in the past three years five times. Yes, five times; yet thanks to luck and strong bones ( I religiously take my calcium in several forms), I haven’t broken anything but a finger. However there is an interesting  article in the AARP magazine recently which gives information on ways to help you minimize damage when you do take a tumble.  These are important to remember:

1. Don’t tense up;  remember how  someone inebriated can fall unharmed because they are so relaxed.

2.If  falling forward turn your head to protect your face with your arm.         

3. Falling backwards, tuck in your chin to avoid your head hitting the ground.

4.  Try to keep your arms and knees bent and if it possible, try to roll with the fall.

When I was studying acting at theater school, they taught us our to fall with  bent knees, go down and roll  onto your shoulder. Sometimes for fun I would do this at a party as if I fainted. I guess it wasn’t so nice  scaring everyone. When watching TV when someone is shot, notice how they fall.

 

 

Pertinent Facts

The Safety Issue

Although renovating your home to address safety issues as a senior, the project is universal in application, that is appropriate for all ages groups, it is  essential for seniors: “adults 65 years and older for  between 2012- 2013 of the 90,640 deaths reported 55% were from falls” (Source: CDC).

Since safety renovations include a very ‘hands-on’ approach for my company, we are limiting the area we service to where we have been doing projects for over thirty years-that is the north shore area of Chicago.  We will be glad to provide advice to people any where in the country.  We, as interior designers, have a personal interest in helping people to live surrounded by beautiful and safe furnishings.

If you are local and need  a personal consultation, we do provide a one hour complimentary session to help you in the planning ($125.00 value – our usual fee) with no obligation;  however, anything over one hour will be charged at the above rate payable at the time of the consultation.

We encourage you to give us your thoughts and ideas on how you feel about safety issues  impacting your life as it is something we all must face and I believe it is better to be prepared.

Please continue to follow us as we continue to address the  idea of staying healthy as we age.

Diane Darvas

How To Help Yourself

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The best time to plan for the future is before you have any physical limitations and can afford the changes: around sixty years of age.  It is important to remember that any changes you make do not limit the space to seniors only  use.  Your grandchildren will love it too because it will be fun and  beautiful and will increase the value of your property for future sales. It is a win-win situation!

There are so many new amenities:

  • shower jets
  • music, steam
  • warm towel bars and floors
  • handsome hardware  and beautiful decorative tiles.

The choices  are overwhelming with a wide cost range for every pocketbook.  The project will as the saying goes “knock your socks off”.

Since safety renovations include a very  ‘hands on’ approach for my company,  we are limiting the area we service to where we have been  doing projects for over thirty years. That is the north shore area of Chicago.  We will be glad to provide   advice to people anywhere in  the country.  As interior designers we have a vested interest in helping people to live surrounded by beautiful furnishings and in a safe environment.

If you are local and need a personal  consultation, we do provide a complimentary  one hour assessment to help you in the planning (a $125.00 value) free with no obligation however, anything over one hour will be charged at the  above rate payable at the time of the consultation.

We encourage you to give us your thoughts and ideas on how you feel about safety  issues impacting  your life as you age.  It is an issue we all must face and I believe  it is better to be prepared.

Diane Darvas

 

My First Post

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Are you a senior who wants to stay in your home as you get older but you don’t  know how well you will be able to manage if you develop more health issues?  I am a senior like you and I would like to tell you how I have learned a coping procedure.

First of all you have to make your home ‘user friendly’. That means taking advantage of all the newest products developed for safety.  As I write about this subject in the weeks to come  I will tell you what I have learned and I encourage you to contribute ideas of your own by going to my website and I will respond. The first thing to deal with is safety. What concerns do you have?

Here  is an initial list of usual problems.

  • Trouble turning doorknobs, faucets, opening drawer.
  • Vanity counters / sinks  too low or too high (bending hurts your back).
  • Toilet too low (and being able to ‘reach’ behind you is a solvable issue).
  • Unsafe feeling in shower, tub,stairs.
  • Difficult standing in shower.

If any of these concerns are troubling you, do let me know and I’ll mention a solution if possible. Enjoy the season whatever it is.  There is pleasure to be found whatever the weather it is!