Tips & Ideas

Selecting the right vanity

Bathroom fixtures don’t need to look institutional in order to be user-friendly for all ages and abilities.  This wash stand’s open base allows sufficient knee space whether seated or standing at the sink. Adding a lever-operated, push-type, or touchless faucet adds an additional level of convenience for the entire family.

Ridgewood Interiors - Selecting the right vanity
Ridgewood Interiors - Selecting the right vanity

Fashion Icon Meets with Interior Designers

Diane Von Furstenberg was @ Kravat in NYC promoting her latest line of fabrics. Von Furstenberg became a fashion icon in the 1970s with her wrap dress. Last night she spoke with interior designers about her signature colors – Beet, Black and White – and the use of nature as inspiration for her bold prints. For more information about the fabric collection, go to:

http://www.kravet.com/products/collections/dianevonfurstenberg/
 

Ridgewood Interiors - Fashion Icon Meets with Interior Designers
Ridgewood Interiors - Fashion Icon Meets with Interior Designers
Ridgewood Interiors - Fashion Icon Meets with Interior Designers
Ridgewood Interiors - Fashion Icon Meets with Interior Designers

Ideas for outdoor lighting

This article offers some beautiful solutions for outdoor lighting.  Although intended for “Aging Eyes”, it is one more example of how good design benefits all ages.  In addition to being attractive, examples show how to increase the safety and security of entrances, patios and decks.  The one below is by Sutton Suzuki Architects. 

http://www.nextavenue.org/article/2013-09/9-outdoor-lighting-schemes-agi...

 

Ridgewood Interiors - Ideas for outdoor lighting
Ridgewood Interiors - Ideas for outdoor lighting

Great Design Has Universal Appeal

This article challenges the perception that universal design is only for the disabled. The Bradley watch, a new watch designed for blind people is mostly being bought by sighted people for its style and function. The Bradley watch, through its confirmation of universal design principles, offers a clear rebuttal to these false assumptions: designing for disabled people need not be a specialist activity. Good, inclusive design for products and facilities can appeal to non-disabled people too. For more information about the Bradley watch go to:
http://www.scidev.net/global/design/analysis-blog/focus-on-disability-gr...

 

Bradley watch
Bradley watch

Seniors deciding to Stay Put

NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams is running a series called “Trading Places” about caring for aging parents.  In this episode, titled It Takes a Village: Seniors Thrive While Living at Home which originally aired on Friday Jan 24, 2014,  Brian interviews his elderly in-laws who have opted to remain in their home in Connecticut.  They receive support from a volunteer organization called Staying Put that links volunteers and emergency responders to provide assistance such as rides to the doctor and delivery of medications. Staying Put fills gaps when family members aren’t available to help. Follow this link to watch the interview or to get additional information about Staying Put and the growing number of seniors who are  choosing to age in place.

http://dailynightly.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/24/22432854-it-takes-a-vil...

 

Ridgewood Interiors - Seniors deciding to Stay Put
NBC News Trading Places series

Telemedicine for the home

Advances in medicine and technology are constantly evolving, thus making Aging in Place a viable alternative to assisted living or skilled nursing facilities. http://www.cnbc.com/id/101316376#!

Current statistics indicate that there will be an inadequate number of skilled nursing homes, extended care facilities, and assisted living residences to accommodate the baby boomer population.  The good news is that advances in technology that promote delivery of healthcare in the home are rapidly evolving.  Examples include:

1. A special iPhone case and app that can be used to quickly and inexpensively detect heart rhythm problems and prevent strokes.
2. Telemedicine  which provides remote communications between patients and medical staff along with the transmission of medical, imaging and health information thereby eliminating trips to the doctor’s office or emergency room.
3.  “Smart Homes” which have automated systems that can be used to manage numerous functions in your home. These systems offer both convenience and safety and can be customized to control temperature, security, lighting, window shades and more.
4.  Monitoring devices and motion sensors that send alerts to family members when a change in activity occurs during a designated period of time.

We recommend incorporating technology into any future remodeling or renovation project in order to promote safety and increase ease of use.
 

Ridgewood Interiors - Telemedicine for the home
Ridgewood Interiors - Telemedicine for the home

Color Selection for Aging Eyes

It is no surprise that our vision changes as we age.  One change is the yellowing of the lens, which causes difficulty in our ability to discern closely related colors – especially blues and greens. This is known as the “ginger ale syndrome” because it is similar to looking through an amber-colored filter. Aging eyes also take longer to adjust from light to dark and vice versa.

To compensate for these changes, we recommend contrasting colors that are easily discernible.  Contrasting colors sit across from each other on a color wheel – for example, yellow and purple.  The combination of yellow-green paired with red-violet is also uplifting while pastels should be avoided since they may appear gray and feel depressing.

Sherwin-Williams recently announced that it will be introducing color collections created specifically for senior living.  Although Sherwin-Williams is in the forefront, look for more paint companies to begin offering palettes that are designed for aging in place customers.

Ridgewood Interiors - Color Selection for Aging Eyes
Color Selection for Aging Eyes - Color Wheel

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