Age in Place and Keep Your Space
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Contact: Ruth Berliner, 203-502-7600 x 100; contact us
(Stratford, Conn., March 15, 2018) Growing old in your own home is an increasing trend for senior citizens. An American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) survey found 87 percent of adults age 65-plus want to stay in their current home and community as they age. Among people ages 50 to 64, 71 percent want to age in place. Choosing to age in place has many benefits, according to Health Advocates Homecare Inc., familiarity with the environment, comfort, independence and a positive mentality are all maintained. “Properly planning is the best thing a person can do to ensure they have the lifestyle and quality of life they want as they continue to age,” according to an article from website AgeInPlace.com. The trend is capturing the attention of companies manufacturing home modifications to help older people navigate their own homes well into their 90s. It is a growth market. U.S. Census figures show the number of people aged 65 and older expected to increase to 55 million in 2020 and 70 million in 2030.
Modifications to improve functionality and access to all areas of the home are valuable ideas to consider when choosing to age in place. To remain independent as long as possible, “assistive technology” products from grab bars to personal elevators are hitting the market. Walk-in tubs, lift assist recliners, stair lifts for two story homes, dumbwaiters, etc., make mobility throughout living spaces easy at any age.
One company is focusing on continued access to storage space. “Attic, basement and garage storage space remains important through all stages of life,” said Dave Berliner, president of SpaceLift™ Products. His company makes a motorized lift that carries storage up and down from the attic or basement. “Utilizing storage space allows living spaces in the home to remain clear of clutter. That’s important for aesthetics and mobility throughout the home. Also, seniors do not want to sacrifice such life long traditions as storing decorations then bringing them out for the holidays. You can move seasonable items up to the garage attic to make room for your car, which is especially helpful for older folks when the weather’s nasty,” Berliner added.
Attics provide immense storage space. Carrying heavy boxes or oversized storage items up the steep ladder to the attic presents additional challenges and potential danger at any age, perhaps more so in your 70s or 80s. The same thinking applies to carrying stuff up and down basement or any other stairs, Berliner suggested.
Asking for help is difficult for people of any age, especially if the task is labor intensive. Moving storage items into the attic is a physical task. When someone is eventually unable to access their attic themselves, a lift gives friends and relatives incentive to help move items in and out of storage because they do not have to do the heavy lifting, he added.
There are a few attic lifts on the market; VersaLift and SpaceLift are the two primary choices. SpaceLift is unique in its low profile design, which makes it easy to load items by sliding them from the attic floor onto the lift platform. Another key benefit is no vertical stacking limitation because the computer-controlled lift pulls evenly at each of the platform’s four corners. The VersaLift pulls from a center bar overtop the platform. SpaceLift also is unique in offering smart controls with built-in safety features like object detection and capacity protection, stopping the lift automatically if anything obstructs its travel or cargo weight exceeds 200 pounds. Protected by two U.S. Patents, the SpaceLift™ attic lift launched in 2009 and is now installed in hundreds of homes and garages nationwide, Berliner said.
“The SpaceLift™ attic lift is installed once to provide a lifetime of access to attic, basement, garage and home storage spaces,” Berliner said. The lift installs between attic floor joists, working in tandem with attic stairs. Installation is easy requiring basic carpentry skills. Many are installed as do-it-yourself projects or the company can help with local installers. It sells directly on its website, www.SpaceLiftProducts.com. A short video on the website shows how the lift works. Prices start at $1,895 with free shipping and a two-year factory warranty. SpaceLift™ Products are assembled in the USA, in Stratford, Conn., by Redco Home, a division of Redco Audio, a family-owned company.
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As senior citizens plan to age in place in their own homes, companies are inventing “assistive technologies” to help. One company, SpaceLift™ Products created an attic lift to access storage space in your home or garage attic or basement by safely conveying items between floors instead of risking your back or a fall carrying items on the stairs.
See a video of the lift in action at: www.SpaceLiftProducts.com.
SpaceLift™ attic lifts by Redco Home, a division of Redco Audio
Media Contact: Ruth Berliner, Marketing, 203-502-7600 x 100
1701 Stratford Avenue, Stratford, CT 06615
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A SpaceLift™ attic lift is installed at our company in Stratford. If you are in the area, please feel free to come in and take a look. There is also a unit installed in a nearby Trumbull, Conn., garage, shown in the attached photo. With prior notice, the homeowner would agree to have you see and photograph that unit as well. Or we may be able to connect you with a SpaceLift owner in your town or close by. Call us!
AARP article, “Livable Communities Baby Boomer Facts and Figures”:
Age In Place:
Health Advocates Homecare Inc., “Advantages of Aging in Place”: