My father was my role model, mentor and best friend for 47 years. I credit his sage advice for many of the blessings in my life including a happy marriage, wonderful children and yes, my successful business. I learned some of the most important lessons from my father just by watching how he lived his own life. He was on his own from the age of 13 and his life experience made him resourceful, street smart and self-sufficient. Sadly, my father passed away 2 ½ years ago, and, as anyone who has lost a parent knows, the loss is unimaginable.
Over the years as my father grew older, his lessons became even more valuable to me because I knew that my time with him was limited. His mind remained sharp but it was clear to him (and to me) that his body wasn’t as strong as it used to be and safety was becoming an issue. He was living alone in a house in Florida and I spent many sleepless nights worrying about potential hazards, accidents, etc.
My father wasn’t one to ask for help so, on every birthday and holiday, I gave him a gift that would make his life more manageable-an automatic garage door opener, carts to wheel out his recyclables, new appliances, shower grab bars, large print books and eventually an aide to stay with him on the weekends. He was proud and accepted my gifts with humility because I think he knew they would help him remain in the home he loved for as long as possible which thankfully, he did.
As I prepare to muddle through another Father’s Day without him, it occurs to me that although he’s not here, my father continues to teach and guide me. Watching him live out his years in his home was the brainchild for the newest chapter in my business, www.aginginplacereferrals.com. Keeping him safe was a priority and finding contractors and service providers who could help me do that made me realize first-hand the value that my business can offer to senior homeowners and their caregivers who are in the same position as I was.
My father was my biggest fan and I was his. I know that he’s looking down on me and is proud of the business I built, the mother and wife I am and the person I’ve become. It’s all a testament to him and for that I am blessed.
Happy Father’s Day, Dad!
Aging in Place means living in one’s home independently regardless of age or ability.
And, did you know that:
- 89% of people 50+ want to remain in their own homes and live independently (AARP)
- The aging population is the second biggest issue facing the remodeling industry over the next five years, only behind the availability of skilled laborers (NAHB)
With all of the news reports about seniors being scammed by unscrupulous contractors, these homeowners, in particular, need a trusted resource for finding pre-screened contractors to maintain and/or modify their homes.
The internet may have replaced the Yellow Pages when it comes to finding a contractor, but it can never replace the recommendation from a trusted, local, personal resource like a Homeowner Referral Network (HRN).
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Hiring a responsible and qualified contractor is a big concern for all homeowners, but especially for seniors. We’ve all read stories about unscrupulous contractors and senior homeowner scams. That’s why a pre-screened referral from a Homeowner Referral Network (HRN) is a great solution for seniors who need to find contractors to help them age in place.
Home modifications for seniors can range from something as simple as adding a grab bar near a toilet or in a shower or building entry ramps to widening hallways or creating a downstairs master bedroom for seniors who can no longer use the stairs.
Whatever the job, large or small, senior homeowners and their caregivers need to be sure that they are hiring a reputable contractor with the necessary licensing and insurance credentials.
And, for homeowners who are too busy to do the proper research, an HRN is a great resource!
Did you know that 39% of Baby Boomers are planning major home improvements in the next three years?
According to a recent study by The Demand Institute, not all Boomers are looking to downsize to a condo in Florida and spend their days golfing. Most plan to age in place.
The Demand Institute surveyed more than 4,000 Baby Boomer households (50- to 69-year-olds) which revealed that many senior homeowners are planning major home improvements in the next three years and a signicant number will make style and value a priority over aging-friendly features.
Check out the complete study by the Demand Institute – Baby Boomers and Their Homes:
Check out this great article in Business News Daily about the growing demand for businesses that cater to the growing senior market:
As baby boomers approach retirement, the growing market of seniors and retirees offers great opportunities for savvy businesspeople. As of 2012, 13.7 percent of the population was over the age of 65, and by 2030 this figure will grow to 19 percent, according to U.S. census figures.
Want to seize the opportunity these consumers represent? Here are some new, niche business ideas for entrepreneurs hoping to capitalize on this growing market.
Help seniors ‘age in place’
For the elderly who prefer to stay in their own homes instead of moving to an assisted living facility or retirement residence, maintenance and housekeeping may become more difficult as they age. These challenges represent many opportunities for service businesses that help the elderly around the house, including those who do specialized renovation and contracting work.
“Most homeowners can relate to the difficulty in finding reliable contractors to work in their home, but for senior homeowners in particular, this can be a tremendous challenge,” said Debra Cohen, owner of homeowner referral agency, Aging in Place Referrals.
Cohen said that unscrupulous contractors may prey on seniors, and many of this population’s homes need safety modifications.
“After my own experience trying to take care of my elderly parents in their home several states away, I personally realized the value a contractor referral business offers to senior homeowners who want to age in place,” she said.
This led Cohen to launch her business, which serves the needs of senior homeowners by pre-screening contractors to ensure they have the appropriate licenses and insurance.
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