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Jun

Glickman: Helping your father age in place

Remember childproofing your home? Protecting toddlers with gates, outlet guards, and safety latches. Well today it’s time to protect you. America is in the midst of an age boom. Amazingly, those us at age 50 are expected to live longer than any previous generation. And there’s no better place to live than your own home. Aging in place is strongly linked to greater health and happiness. Over the years your home has forged great memories with your family, friends, and loved ones. So the time to plan is now and if you live in the Washington, DC, Northern Virginia or Maryland area, call Glickman/ Design Remodel Build and age in place in your home comfortably, safely for many, many years.

Glickman: The trusted source
At Glickman we’ve learned that most people want to continue to stay where they are. Clearly, most of us are looking for the comfort, security and independence that only our home can provide. That’s why you need to go to a contractor with over 40 years of experience of getting the job done right. Glickman knows every individual is different, every home is different and we work hard to make sure that the homeowner is comfortable with their new age in place space. Whether you’re looking for a completely remodeled home, or to remodel hardworking rooms like your kitchen and bathroom to make them safer, less complicated, and more convenient, Glickman’s award-winning teams will build the space that’s perfectly tailored to you.

Aging in-place, Universal Design and Mobility Design projects created by Glickman/Design Remodel Build

Where to start
Glickman first started helping family’s figure out the basics of getting in and out of the house because of physical limitations. Our approach has since evolved into a careful organization script. Given the exorbitant cost of assisted living facilities, clients are increasingly asking for features that will ultimately make their own houses more accessible. That’s why we sit with clients and find their vision and work with them to make smart, practical choices. We go over everything because even the smallest details can have potentially life-saving impacts. From preventing falls through something as simple as choosing the right kind of carpet, or the proper flooring like cork, rubber, and linoleum. Because softer surfaces will be kinder to joints and won’t pose trip hazards, like high-pile or excessively padded carpets can.

A Redo for your kitchen
Here are some things to consider for your next kitchen remodel so that it works for you for the long haul. And many of these come in handy at any age!

Counters:
Wall support and provisions for adjustable and/or varied height counters and removable base

Cabinets:
Upper wall cabinetry three inches lower than conventional height
Accented stripes on edge of countertops to provide visual orientation to the workspace
Base cabinet with roll-out trays and lazy susans
Pull-down shelving
Glass-front cabinet doors
Open shelving for easy access to frequently used items

Appliances:
Easy to read controls
Microwave oven at counter height or in wall
Side-by-side refrigerator/freezer
Side-swing or wall oven
Raised dishwasher with push-button controls
Electric cook top with level burners for safety in transferring between the burners, front controls and downdraft feature to pull heat away from user; light to indicate when surface is hot

In Addition:
30-inch by 48-inch clear space at appliances or 60-inch diameter clear space for turns
Multi-level work areas to accommodate cooks of different heights
Open under-counter seated work areas
Placement of task lighting in appropriate work areas
Loop handles for easy grip and pull
Pull-out spray faucet; levered handles

A Father’s Day Gift
This Sunday is Father’s Day. Here’s an idea for an everlasting present. Your dad can grow old with dignity, humor, and kindness and in a place he loves- His home. He probably has his favorite chair, his favorite place on the porch, and favorite sounds of his neighborhood. Why give that up for an expensive assisted living home? Call Glickman and give your dad the best present of all, the best place to age in place and that’s where he is right now.

Plan, Design and Create Your Home for Life Today!
Glickman is the leading group for home design and remodeling, providing customers in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and the Maryland area with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish. Glickman was built on a foundation of integrity, care, and understanding. From day one our mission was providing superior design, remodel and construction services to customers that value their fine homes. For over 40 years we’ve strived to exceed expectations focused on professionalism, clear communication, quality, craftsmanship and meeting unique needs. For all of your building, renovations and remodeling needs, Glickman/Design Remodel Build is the right choice. If you’d like to discuss a potential project with a knowledgeable consultant you can contact us at our website or call us at one of the phone numbers below. And…Happy Fathers Day!

Maryland: (301) 444-4663
Virginia: (703) 832-8159
Washington, DC: (202) 792-7320