with Vicki Flores
Change is life’s only certainty. Everyone deserves a comfortable, safe and accessible home that can support them through an unexpected injury, a debilitating diagnosis or the inevitable challenges that come with age. With the help of the #Living in Place Institute, the stigma of “Aging in Place” design is being replaced with a more proactive mindset. Through its intensive certification program, designers are taught the importance of incorporating long-term adaptive features discreetly into everyday decor, preparing the home for both the unexpected and the inevitable.
Our story is not uncommon. We are a family of three generations living under one roof. My husband, Jim, and I are in our early 70 ‘s with a few health issues who both love our work and have no plans to retire any time soon. Our son, Bryan, was diagnosed with ALS over in 2008. He has increasing limitations with mobility and independence. My mother, Dot, who just celebrated her 92nd birthday, remains active in helping us care for one another.
In 2014, I met my biggest challenge in my 30+ years as an Interior Designer – the need to transform our house into a comfortable, safe and accessible home that meets our long-term individual needs. Consequently, my perspective on design has evolved. I have always prided myself in my ability to meet the needs of my clients. Now, my personal experiences and newfound knowledge allow me to provide so much more.