Guiding principles behind the AAHSA Idea House

Posted November 10, 2009
Technology, universal design and aging in place all come together at the Idea House at the AAHSA 09 conference. When you are touring the home you can see all three of these principles in every corner. I am going to start with sustainable design.  "Green" design is important not only to the environment but to the health and wellness of the occupants who live in the home.  The healthier the environment, the longer they can remain in their home whether that be and actual home, apartment or senior living community. The house was designed to be oriented with the courtyard ...
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AAHSA’s Last Designer Standing

Posted November 10, 2009
So maybe I wandered away from the Idea House just long enough to see what the students at Harrington College of Design were doing in the back corner of the expo hall...as a student of the school myself, how could I resist? Students were challenged to transform a skilled nursing room into a special home for an AAHSA member resident on a limited budget.  14 students from one of the graduate studio classes at Harrington were chosen to participate and compete against each other in groups of two.  Initial concepts were created and presented to a team of judges consisting of Joseph ...
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AAHSA Idea House Continued

Posted November 1, 2009
I have some more information on the Idea House that will be at the AAHSA Meeting and Expo next week in Chicago. Before I even get into all the cool technology and design, its work noting that sustainable design features are used throughout the house including: carpets made from post-consumer recycled content and furniture made from recycled plastic milk jugs.  Go green! This 2,600 square foot home uses new technologies and design to make it possible for older adults to remain independent at home.  (And like I said before, home might be your independent living home right now...) Here are ...
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American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging "Idea House"

Posted October 31, 2009
The 2009 AAHSA Annual Meeting in Expo this is year is in Chicago at the McCormick Place.  This year they are featuring a full scale, 2600 SQFT home which includes and demonstrates cutting edge design and technology from more than 25 companies! The Expo is not open to the public but the home is and I plan on stopping by to check it out, take some pictures and blog about the technology and design.  As a professional who works in the industry and as a student of interior design, I can't wait to see what they have in store as ...
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