A Place for Tomorrow
Cape Cod Home / Annual Home 2023 / Home, Garden & Design
Writer: Leslie Hatton / Photographer: Jennifer Kain DeFoe
Design, detail and dedication to how a space works, ensures a home for the future. For those of us that are lucky to be aging, we know that this also comes with its fair share of daily challenges: stairs that are getting harder to climb and descend, a washer machine and dryer that are located on another floor, a shower that is tricky to step in and out of—these are just a few of the common daily concerns that a growing number of us face. In fact, according to The World Health Organization, a demographic change has taken place over time, which has resulted in “increasing numbers and proportions of people who are over 60.” The costs associated with assisted living facilities or nursing homes are daunting, and relocating to somewhere entirely new can be stressful as well as frightening. Thankfully, there are professionals like C.J. Riley who can assist with these issues that cause unease and help us remain in our communities and homes where familiarity breeds comfort. “You want someone who is compassionate, but who also has the right experience and can help you plan and adapt for whatever issues you are centered around now at this point in your life.” Riley remembers a time before his own mother passed when some of her concerns involved maintaining her dignity, “It was almost that she was embarrassed about some of these things.” These memories of her are ones that he carries with him and help him approach potential clients now with a certain level of understanding. One recent project he and his team worked on involved custom building an addition that was handicapped accessible to an existing century old home. The ocean view addition includes two bedrooms and a bath, an open floor plan for the main living area…
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