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Below are products that typically spark a deeper understanding of what Aging in Place can be like and how technology can simplify and secure an in-home lifestyle. AIP is not necessarily recommending these various products for our clients, but reviewing them may spark ideas for your consideration, and future plans.
Experts cite that a healthy adult should obtain 7-9 hours of sleep every night. However, a Gallup poll in 2013 showed the average American obtains just 6.8 hours of sleep – with only a third of adults hitting the 8+ mark. While busy schedules often prevent us from getting the sleep we need, the Sleep Shepherd can help maximize your time in bed by getting you to sleep fast, while allowing your natural sleep cycle to operate unimpeded by chemical agents. The Sleep Shepherd® is unique in that it works with your brain’s natural structure to slow your brain down and guide you to sleep. The hat incorporates Virtual Hammock® Technology invented by Dr. Michael Larson. This technology incorporates a biofeedback system and specialized tones that induce a rhythmic sensation of side-to-side swaying by utilizing the natural workings of the brain’s auditory center. Specialized nerves hard-wired in the part of our brain stem called the medial superior olive (MSO) get excited when they are stimulated by signals arriving from our two ears. The rhythmic pulse you ‘hear’ when wearing the Sleep Shepherd® is actually your brain deciphering the difference in frequency between the two tones that are played into either ear. This natural ability, contained within our brain’s structure, creates a soothing sensation of swaying back and forth as though the wearer is in a hammock.
The Miscea Classic combines a faucet, soap dispenser, and disinfectant dispenser into one streamlined product that is operated through the use of hands-free technology. A labeled control disk informs users where to move their hands to activate Miscea’s various functions. LEDs on the control disk illuminate to show that a selection has been made. As with traditional hands-free faucets, the water is turned on when hands are placed under the spigot. Additionally, the water temperature can be adjusted by holding a hand next to the plus or minus signs located on the left and right sides of the control disk. Red and blue lights in the center of the control disk visually depict the water temperature. Soap or disinfectant is selected by moving a hand over the appropriate area of the control disk. The selected cleanser is then dispensed onto hands once they are placed under the faucet. Good hand hygiene may be especially important to you, or future home care assistance providers. www.miscea.com/en/
Lever door handles are usually considered to be more Universally Designed than door knobs, because they don’t require tight grasping and twisting of the hand and wrist. Brinks Home Security has created an exception to this rule with their Push Pull Rotate line of door knobs and levers. These door knobs and levers are easy to operate even if you have your hands full, because the door can be unlatched by simply pushing, pulling or rotating the hardware.
The Push Pull Rotate line of door knobs and levers comes in exterior locking, interior locking and interior non-locking versions, as well as a range of styles and finishes. Matching deadbolt locks are also available for use on exterior door. These are available at most home improvement stores.
Wooster’s glow-in-the-dark stair treads make stairs safer at night. Universal Design doesn’t always have to be complicated; sometimes a simple twist on an old idea is enough to provide increased safety and ease-of-use. The NITEGLOW series from Wooster is a line of stair treads and nosings that glow-in-the dark. These photoluminescent stair nosings and treads will continue to illuminate for hours after the sun goes down, providing traction as well as clear visual differentiation for each step. www.wooster-products.com/NiteGlow_Products.htm
There are proven health benefits to taking saunas. Infrared saunas are not steamy, and the air temperature is not hot, which allows people who may have problems with steam or heat, still receive the health benefits of sauna treatments. The health benefits of infrared saunas include weight loss, anti-aging and skin purification, pain relief, lower blood pressure, improved circulation, wound healing, detoxification, relaxation and cell health.
Adequate accessible storage near the front door is a great Universal Design feature that can keep spaces uncluttered and organized. Small residences don’t always have room for a full mudroom, but the Walhub fits just about anywhere. You probably already know that rocker light switches mounted at an accessible height are a good Universal Design feature, but now you can upgrade light switches by adding the Walhub storage system. The Walhub creates a dedicated location to store all of those things that you need when heading out the door, like your keys, mail, umbrella, scarf or hat.
Lighting is vital for Universal Design and Aging in Place. On average, the eyes of a 60-year-old receive only about 40% of the light received by the eyes of a 20-year-old. As our eyes yellow with age, we also lose some color sensitivity. Universal Design calls for good task lighting, plenty of consistent ambient lighting and lighting that accurately renders colors, all of which can be accomplished with Kichler’s LED Tape. Kichler’s LED tape is available in a range of three Kelvin temperatures: a warm white (2700K), a pure white (3000K) and a cool white (4000K). This allows users to pick the color temperature that best renders the colors for their eyes. The LED tape also comes in two different intensities. The High Output option provides 200 lumens per foot and works well as under-cabinet task lighting. The Low Output option provides 100 lumens per foot and works well as accent lighting in toe kicks or under the lips of counters.
These innovative hinges replace existing standard hinges and allow the door to swing completely out of the door frame. This wide swing creates up to an additional 2 inches of space inside the door frame, which can be key in wheelchair accessibility. Available at most building supply outlets, starting at about $12.00.
The Pocket Door EZ-Closer is a piece of hardware that makes sliding pocket doors easier to close. Pocket doors are great for Universal Design since they require minimum door maneuvering space. However, the traditional pocket door opening hardware is a small pull located on the front edge of the door that requires tight pinching and grasping to operate. The Pocket Door EZ-Closer solves this problem by allowing users to quickly and easily release a pocket door from its cavity by pushing once against the edge of the door. www.pcdoors.com/
The ADAEZ PRO is a self-charging automatic door opener for institutional, high traffic applications that occasionally require the door to be opened automatically. The motion of manually opening the door charges an onboard battery pack, which can then be used to power the door’s automatic operation.
No electricity is required as long as the automatic operation of the door is less than about 20% of the door’s overall use. The unit can also be hardwired to electricity to provide continuous automatic use for applications that require more than 20% automatic use. The door’s opening and closing speed can be adjusted, and the battery pack lasts about 12 years. An electric lock interface is available so that the door can be unlocked and opened with the touch of a button. www.adaez.com/
Standing ovens can be difficult for many people to use since they require bending down and reaching over a bottom-hinged door. The Piano Lift Oven eliminates the need for bending over and it has no door to get in the way. When closed, the oven’s top lies flush with the countertop. A simple push of a button on the front mounted control panel causes the oven to rise up out of the countertop. Food is easily brought within reach by three tempered glass trays that fit into pull-out guides. Crush-prevention sensors ensure that the oven will not lower if cooking utensils or fingers are in the way. The function lock button can be used to disable the oven’s instrument panel so that buttons aren’t accidentally activated when using the countertop. A residual heat indicator light lets users know when the top of the oven is still hot to the touch.
The ADA’s new pool lift regulations went into effect January 31, 2013 – are you ready? Harmar’s P300 Pool Lift is an attractive, ADA compliant option. The pool lift has fully submersible seating, and it meets the ADA specifications by lowering to a depth of 26″. The pool lift has folding arm rests, a folding foot plate, waterproof hand control, and the durable stainless steel frame has a powder-coated finish that won’t chip or fade in the sun. The pool lift is available in beige or custom color options. harmar.com/products/P300
Supplementing artificial lighting with natural lighting can help everyone see more clearly, especially older adults and people with low vision. Providing proper ventilation helps to improve indoor air quality and contributes to everyone’s health and wellbeing, especially children, older adults, and people with respiratory disorders. Venting skylights provide both natural light and ventilation benefits, and can also help to cut down on electricity used for lighting and cooling. This skylight’s battery powered operator is charged by an integrated solar panel. This simplifies installation, as the skylight does not require any electrical wiring. The skylight and the optional factory-installed blinds are opened and closed by means of a remote control. An additional rain sensor will automatically close the skylight in case of inclement weather. www.veluxusa.com/
Unlike layered sliding doors that sit on two tracks, Hafele’s Frontino hardware allows you to create sliding cabinet doors that sit on one track, creating a flush look when closed. The hardware is curved at the ends so that the opened door is pulled forward onto the track where it can easily slide over the closed door.
One out of every three adults over 65 falls each year. SmartCells flooring system is designed to provide cushioning and lower the risk of fall-related injuries. The SmartCells’ top side provides a flat, stable surface that is easy to walk or roll over, while the underside is made up of many hollow cells that compress upon impact. SmartCells flooring can be easily installed underneath of any of InterfaceFLOR’s carpet tiles.
The cushioning effect also makes the flooring especially comfortable for people who are on their feet all day. InterfaceFLOR markets SmartCells flooring to senior living facilities, but since fall-related injuries are also a main concern for individuals who are aging-in-place, this flooring could have residential applications as well.
The controls for overhead ventilation hoods are often too high to be accessible and require users to reach over the hot cooktop surface. One possible solution is the BORA Classic extractor system, a downdraft ventilation system that extracts cooking vapor at the cooktop’s surface. Like many appliances these days, the BORA system has an unfortunate lack of tactile buttons or knobs. However, the front located control panel is easy to reach and intuitive to use; a plus and a minus sign allow users to cycle through the unit’s three speed settings.
The new touchless faucet uses response technology to free your hands while cooking. When your hand or a kitchen utensil moves past the faucet, it is turned on or off. False activations are minimized by the embedded state-of-the-art sensor which responds only to motions indicating necessary use of the device.
The spray head has two functions including stream or spray, along with a magnetic docking system in the spout that ensures the spray head is securely locked into place. The water temperature control is located on the side of the faucet and can easily be manipulated while the faucet is in use.
Unlike loose aggregate path and trail surfacing, FilterPave provides a firm and stable surface to walk or roll over. FilterPave is a permeable paving material made up of post-consumer recycled glass held together by an elastomeric binder. The porous material reduces stormwater runoff, which helps to keep chemicals and pollutants from entering local waterways. The reflective nature of the glass allows FilterPave to reduce the heat island effect, in which built-up urban areas are hotter than nearby rural areas. About 90 beverage bottles are used in just one square foot of FilterPave, and it can contribute towards LEED credits.
With whole-body vibration, you stand, sit or lie on a machine with a vibrating platform. As the machine vibrates, it transmits energy to your body, forcing your muscles to contract and relax dozens of times each second. The activity may cause you to feel as if you’re exerting yourself.
You may find a whole-body vibration machine at a local gym, or you can buy one for home use.
Advocates say that as little as 15 minutes a day of whole-body vibration three times a week may aid weight loss, burn fat, improve flexibility, enhance blood flow, reduce muscle soreness after exercise, build strength and decrease the stress hormone cortisol.