Stay in Your Home and Out of a Nursing Home

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Dallas area remodeling/design company is focusing on keeping people over 65 in their own homes and out of nursing homes.

Judy Gaman, BSHS, CMA, CCRC, CID, CAPS is the owner of La Dame Aux Lavande Designs, a design/remodeling company that focuses not only on the obvious, but also on the health of its clients. On July 20, 2006 they will be giving a talk at the Grapevine Senior Activities Center entitled “How to Stay Out of a Nursing Home.” The talk will feature practical tips to make a home safer and easier to live in for seniors. This is one of a series of talks that will be presented locally.

As a Certified Age in Place Specialist (CAPS) through the National Association of Home Builders, Judy is able to bring her health science degree and her certificates in the design/remodeling arena to a unlikely combination. “I have always loved people, and working in the medical field for 15 years has given me a strong understanding of their basic needs and how they change over time,” states Mrs. Gaman, “with my experience in remodeling and my CAPS certification, I am able to address those needs and offer practical solutions.”

The population is aging and new questions are arising on where the elderly will live. Some will remain in their own homes, some will live with relatives, and others will undoubtedly end up in a nursing home. For those living at home or moving in with relatives, the environment should be evaluated and modified to ensure safety and mobility. “Just as a home is baby proofed in the early years, it should be senior proofed in the later years. A small amount of effort can prevent catastrophes such as a broken hip” Gaman continues, “It is a good feeling to know that you can help someone live in their home longer and safer.”

The statistics published by the United Nations Human Development reports show that the United States had reported 10.7% of its population over the age of 65 in 2003 and will continue the growth to 14.1% by 2015. The baby boomers are aging rapidly and have changing needs that are reflected in industries such as home building and remodeling.

The National Association of Home Builders CAPS program was recently discussed in USA Today. The article focused on the living arrangement trends of our elderly, something that affects us whether we are elderly or caring for elderly relatives. A list of CAPS can be found on the National Association of Homebuilders website.

About La Dame Designs:

La Dame Aux Lavande Designs is a full design/remodel company located in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Judy Gaman is the owner and a Certified Age in Place Specialist. Visit http://www.ladamedecor.com to learn more or call 817-749-0500 to speak to someone in the office or schedule a speaking event.

Contact:

Judy Gaman, BSHS, CMA, CCRC, CID, CAPS

Owner/ La Dame Aux Lavande Designs

1205 S. White Chapel Blvd. Ste 285

Southlake, TX 76092

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