Tech-infused Ohio Airbnb shows seniors how to age in style on the fly

I don’t know about you, but I have a plan when it comes to aging. Plan A doesn’t age me. Plan B is if I have to get old, I’ll swing and get off.

As such, I’m encouraged to learn that new technology and forward-thinking designers promise to make aging at home much easier. 77% of those above want to “get old on the spot”. That percentage jumps to 86% when he’s over 65. This shows that the older you get, the less appealing the idea of ​​living in a nursing home.

Lisa Cini, interior designer, senior expert in living design and owner of Mosaic Design Studio in Columbus, Ohio, said: “Especially after her COVID is over and care homes have become places no one can visit or leave, baby boomers are even more determined to protect their autonomy.”

She makes it easier for them. After her 25 years in assisted living facility design, after remodeling her own Columbus home, four generations of her, including two teenagers, parents in their 70s, and her 92-year-old grandmother with dementia. can now be accommodated. Turn your expertise into innovative projects.

After her grandmother passed away and her children left for college and careers, she found a historic mansion for sale. We turned it into a 9 bedroom Airbnb designed to host. (I like the style part. If I age in place, the place has to look good.)

The Werner Haus is equipped with over 50 geriatric-focused technologies, most of which are invisibly blended into the décor. “Some guests stay and don’t know there’s something wrong,” she said.

What surprised me most when Cini took me on a virtual tour was that there was nothing in the 10,000-plus-square-foot property that screamed, “This is for old people!” The high-tech touch is understated and practical. In addition to the bedroom and adjoining bathroom, the Airbnb has a ballroom, fitness spa, walking pool, speakeasy, three kitchens, and a movie and music room.

The Werner Housewww.infinite-living.orgopened to guests in April) aims to subtly market its products to those who want to age on the spot, encouraging them to experience new technology during their stay and embrace it later in their own homes. increase. Cini wants to spread the Airbnb concept nationwide.

Here’s a sample of the built-in amenities:

floor to feel. Five of the suites feature soles with Shaw Floors SensFloor technology. The sub-floor, which allows any type of flooring to pass over it, contains sensors that can detect when someone falls over compared to sitting on the floor, sending the appropriate alerts and asking for help. can ask. You can even program the floor to turn on the lights in the bathroom when you step off the bed.

noise canceling carpet. Public areas such as the dining room, speakeasy, and living room feature carpets with noise-cancelling technology. “Many older people have hearing loss,” she says Cini. “The carpet absorbs noise and makes conversation easier.”

A firmer seat. The chair and sofa cushions are made of ultra-dense foam and no seat is less than 19 inches. Some upholstered club chairs have beautiful wood and brass hangers on their backs to hold a folded walker.

Full service bathroom. The adjustable toilet raises for easy guest seating and lowers for easy use. The toilet roll holder has built-in handrails and a bidet seat is added to the standard toilet for hygiene reasons. The adjustable sink can be lowered to wheelchair height, handrails help standing and sitting, and the spa tub is accessible.

Cabinets that come to you. Smart kitchen cabinets have a mechanism that allows them to be lowered away from the wall to their own height, a boon for those who have difficulty lifting or lifting items from the cabinets above. Once you have what you need, go back to the cabinet. The kitchen counter is height adjustable to accommodate both a 5 foot tall woman and her 6 foot husband.

“Having a home that accommodates you and keeps you safe shouldn’t be out of the question,” she said.

And now it’s not.

Marni Jameson is the author of six home and lifestyle books, including Downsizing the Family Home – What to Save and What to Let her www.marni Tech-infused Ohio Airbnb shows seniors how to age in style on the fly

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