Tech-infused Ohio Airbnb reveals seniors methods to age in place in model

I don’t learn about you, however so far as getting older goes, I’ve a plan. Plan A is I can’t age. Plan B is, if I need to age, I’ll go down swinging.

Thus, I used to be inspired to study that new expertise and a forward-minded designer promise to make getting older at dwelling quite a bit simpler. In accordance with a latest AARP survey, 77 p.c of these over age 50 wish to “age in place.” That share jumps to 86 p.c amongst these over 65, which tells me that the older you get, the much less interesting the thought of sitting in a nursing dwelling turns into.

“Boomers are particularly reluctant to surrender their freedom,” mentioned inside designer Lisa Cini, a senior dwelling design skilled and proprietor of Mosaic Design Studio, of Columbus, Ohio. “Particularly after COVID went down, and assisted dwelling facilities turned locations nobody might go to or depart, Boomers are much more decided to protect their autonomy.”

She’s making it simpler for them. After 25 years of designing assisted dwelling amenities, and after reworking her personal Columbus dwelling, so it might accommodate 4 generations – together with two youngsters, her 70-something mother and father and her 92-year-old grandmother who had dementia – Cini channeled her private {and professional} data right into a novel challenge.

After her grandmother handed, and the children had gone off to school and careers, she discovered a historic mansion on the market. So she turned it right into a nine-bedroom Airbnb designed to host seniors in consolation, security and elegance. (I just like the model half. If I’m going to age in place, that place has to look good.)

The Werner Home options greater than 50 senior-centric applied sciences, most of which mix invisibly into the attractive decor. “Some visitors keep and by no means know there’s something uncommon,” she mentioned.

As Cini takes me on a digital tour, what strikes me most is that nothing within the 10,000-plus square-foot property screams “that is for previous individuals!” Tech touches all through are discreet and sensible. Along with the bedrooms and their adjoining loos, the Airbnb has a ballroom, a health spa and strolling pool, a speakeasy, three kitchens and a film and music room.

Marketed as an Airbnb with a mission, The Werner Home (, which opened to visitors in April, goals to subtly market merchandise to those that wish to age in place, and encourage them to expertise new expertise throughout their keep that they could later embrace at dwelling. Cini desires to take the Airbnb idea nationwide.

Right here’s a sampling of the built-in facilities:

Flooring that really feel. 5 of the suites characteristic Sole with SensFloor expertise from Shaw Flooring. The subfloor, which permits any type of flooring to go over it, has built-in sensors that may detect when somebody falls, versus after they’re simply sitting on the ground, and might then ship the suitable alert for assist. You may as well program the ground in order that when your ft hit the ground from mattress, the lavatory gentle goes on.

Noise-canceling carpet. In public areas just like the eating room, speakeasy and lounge, the carpet has noise cancellation expertise. “Many seniors have listening to loss,” Cini mentioned. “The carpet absorbs the din, making conversations simpler.”

Firmer seats. Chair and couch cushions are product of ultra-dense foam, and no seat is decrease than 19 inches. Some upholstered membership chairs have a good-looking wooden and brass hanger on their backs for holding a folded-up walker.

Full-service loos. Adjustable bogs rise to assist visitors get seated, and decrease for ease of use. Bathroom paper holders have built-in seize bars, and bidet seats have been added to straightforward bogs to help hygiene. Adjustable sinks can drop all the way down to wheelchair top, seize bars assist individuals stand and sit, and the spa tubs are accessible.