The Gentlemen Plumbers, Red Deer’s expert plumber, recently read an article in the “Plumbing & Mechanical” online magazine. It reported on a growing trend named “living in place” or “ageing in place”. A Canadian governmental document on this idea defines “ageing in place” as “having the health and social supports and services you need to live safely and independently in your home or your community for as long as you wish and are able”.
P&M magazine says that there are a number of reasons for the increase in popularity of this idea. The first is the large number of “baby boomers” reaching the age of retirement. Another is the availability of products and services which make this plan of action possible. A third is the increase is “multi-generational homes”. That is, houses in which there are “at least two adult generations under one roof”.
The Canadian government urges people who would like to consider “ageing in place” to begin thinking about it early. To be successful, government specialists in ageing suggest that there should be a comprehensive plan. Many of the steps in that plan are best started at an age when most of us aren't even considering retirement, much less ageing.
A paper published by Gloria Gutman and Norman Blackie of the Gerontology Research Centre at Simon Fraser University (in connection with The Canadian Association on Gerontology) investigates, in detail, what needs to be done for an ageing person to remain in his or her house, and/or in his or her community. It is no surprise to The Gentlemen Plumbers that Gutman and Blackie found that two major rooms which often require attention are the kitchen and the bathroom.
If you are currently at a stage where your home may need plumbing renovations to enable you to continue ageing at home, there are reliable sources of guidance. A combination approach may be your best bet. That is, one or more social services organizations + a responsible plumber such as The Gentlemen Plumbers.