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March 20 at #KBtribechat – Aging in Place

A Design Discussion

Hosted by John Kelsey

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We all look forward to living a long life. Not many of us look forward to growing old. For those of us in our 50’s and 60’s, we being noticing small changes in our bodies and mind. Activities and tasks that were simple and easy, even enjoyable, become annoying, too much, tiring and difficult to perform. The risk is home ownership begins to become a burden instead of a pleasure.

 

John’s KBtribechat Questions:

1.) In general terms, what are the biggest challenges will a client have to address who chooses to live/age in place into their later years?

2.) Functionality in the kitchen is a major aging/living challenge. How can we minimize bending, reaching, stooping, even getting burnt or scalded as we plan a kitchen?

3.) Functionality in the bathroom is a major aging/living challenge. How can we minimize bending, reaching, stooping, slipping, even getting scalded as we plan a bathroom?

4.) Slipping and falling is the leading cause of injury or death among older adults. What flooring solutions in the kitchen and bath can we provide that will help minimize this risk?

5.) As we age, our eyesight changes. Small print becomes impossible to read, as does that menu in the candle lit restaurant. What lighting solutions will make life easier for someone to use the kitchen or bathroom?

6.) Technology offers the potential of being a great enabler in four categories for those who opt for a living/aging in place lifestyle. Communication/engagement, Health and Wellness, Learning/Contribution and Safety/Security. How can it help? What are the risks?

 

7.) What features in the home would help facilitate a good aging in place environment?

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Connected Appliances: Your New Partner in the Home

A design discussion
Sponsored and Hosted by GE Appliances

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From reordering detergent to preheating the oven by voice, connected appliances can serve as an extra hand in the home. Similar to updates on a smartphone, connected appliances allow owners to download additional capabilities, like new wash cycles, as well as service updates that are sent remotely over WiFi.

Join GE Appliances on Wednesday, October 19 at 2 pm for a discussion on how connected appliances can change the way your household runs.

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The KBtribechat Questions:

Q1: How do you define “connected” when it comes to appliances?

Q2: What household task would you willingly pass off to a connected appliance if you could?

Q3: What benefits can voice technology bring to the kitchen?

Q4: Connected appliances can receive updates (both service and features) through WiFi. What features would you download to your current appliance if you could?

Q5: What appliance would you be most likely to connect and why?

Q6: Do you expect the appearance of a connected appliance vary from a non-connected appliance? Why/Why not?

Q7: How could connected appliances help with inventory management in the home?

Q8: Outside of appliances, what other items are connected in your home and how easy was it to connect them?

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July 29, 2015 at #KBtribechat: The Connected Kitchen

How smart do we want our kitchens to be?

Kitchen Tech

Q1.) What items in the kitchen would you like to be able to control from a phone/tablet?

Q2.) Can we go too far? Explain!

Q3.) What “smart” features would you like to see innovated/made available for the kitchen?

Q4.) Are your clients wanting smart home features designed in? Why or why not?

Q5.)  What does the future kitchen look like – tech wise?

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