Harmony Home Solutions Aging in Place and Universal Design Specialists
Creating a home that works in harmony with you
Everyone knows that home is where the heart is! Home is where we gather and share family dinners, holidays, new family additions and all of life’s celebrations. Home is where memories are made.
Make sure it can work in harmony with you as you age! Most adults age 50 and older want to stay in the home that they have spent years making memories in.
Others are looking to create an in-law suite to bring families closer together as they age while also providing well thought out individual space.
Through a comprehensive needs analysis and home evaluation, Harmony Home Solutions will work with you utilizing the seven principles of Universal Design to make sure that your home works in harmony with your lifestyle now and in the years to come.
You don’t need to move. You need solutions customized for your lifestyle!
What is “Aging in Place and Universal Design?”
What is “Aging in Place and Universal Design”? Aging in place is defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as "the ability to live in one's own home and community safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income
or ability level."
Universal Design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without
the need for adaptation or specialized design. The seven principals of Universal Design focus on:
Equitable Use – The design is useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities.
Flexibility in Use – The design accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and abilities.
Simple and Intuitive Use – The use of the design is easy to understand, regardless of the users’ experience, knowledge, language skills, or current concentration level.
Perceptible Information – The design communicates necessary information effectively to the user, regardless of ambient conditions or the users’ sensory abilities.
Tolerance for Error – The design minimizes hazards and the adverse consequences of accidental or unintended actions.
Low Physical Effort - The design can be used efficiently and comfortably and with minimal fatigue.
Size and Space for Approach and Use – Appropriate size and space are provided for approach, reach, manipulation, and use regardless of user’s body size, posture, or mobility.
Why are so many people choosing to “Age in Place”?
Making the decision to stay in your home rather than move to a retirement community or nursing home is not an easy decision to make.
So why would someone choose to “Age in Place”? Most people love their homes and want to stay there as long as possible to maintain their independence.
Deciding to make home modifications to safely “Age in Place” costs less than entering into a retirement community or nursing home. Aging in Place also allows seniors to keep and strengthen their social network.
Aging in Place has also been shown to have health and emotional benefits. Lastly, Universal Design changes can help increase the value of your home making it appealing to a broader population.
Hi! I’m Meredith Dignan President of Harmony Home Solutions L.L.C. I am a certified Aging in Place Specialist with well over a decade of financial services and retirement planning experience.
I want to help you invest in solutions for your home so that you can enjoy your home for years to come. I have always had a passion for helping others. Whether it was helping family members through their health challenges, volunteering at church or serving on the board at my children’s school I have always looked for opportunities to serve others.
I look forward to meeting with you and creating a home that works in harmony with you.
National Association of Home Builders CAPS designation