Home Interior Design Plans For the Elderly Person’s Bed Sit

Having an elderly relative living in your home can often benefit the whole family. The cost of professional care is becoming beyond the reach of many and, for the older person, living with an extended family can provide continued interest, security and the best possible care. The accommodation of an older family member within the home, it has to be admitted, is potentially fraught, but with some thought and patient planning it shouldn’t be too disruptive.

Home Interior Design Tips For Elderly People

The room you choose for the older person will, ideally, be at ground level so as to minimize difficult journeys and should if possible allow space for more than just sleeping. If it also has a large window with an interesting view, this should make your decision easy. The provision of areas for relaxing, bathing, cooking and dining will allow the senior citizen to remain active and somewhat independent from the rest of the household – a situation that is likely to suit both parties.

Dividing these areas of activity (by employing screens, curtains or items of furniture) is important for the occupant so that he/she can appreciate the changes in his/her day and can entertain without private areas being on view.

Designing a room or bed-sit for an older person is best achieved by placing yourself in that person’s shoes and by thinking through how to compensate for the possible limitations imposed upon their lifestyle. You don’t want to be too pessimistic, but it also pays to plan for days when the person’s capacities could be reduced. Some of the more obvious provisions are:

  • A comfortable, easy access chair for the room occupant and seating for guests.
  • Bright lighting to help cope with failing sight. Wall and ceiling-fixed lights plus well-weighted table and floor-standing lamps are suitable. A switch by the bedside is helpful, as is a low-wattage light that can be left on overnight. Remember to highlight any changes in floor level. Perhaps also consider positioning sockets and switches nearer to hand height.
  • Warmth – older people generally like (and need) warmer room temperatures than the young. Central heating radiators and open fires need to be easily accessed and controlled and suitably guarded.
  • Storage at an easily accessed level and with openings that are not too difficult to operate.
  • The elimination of all sharp comers for safety reasons, and the removal of any electrical cables that could be tripped over. A smoke alarm is another wise precaution.
  • In the bathroom, it’s a good idea to install grab rails around the bath and/or shower and perhaps a lockable mirrored wall cabinet. You might also like to consider fitting an ‘engaged’ door sign rather than a lock. Mixer taps and an electric temperature controlled shower will help better manange water temperature.
  • Curtains on a corded track, operated from the side, to ease opening and closing.
  • Non-slip floor covering and well-attached loose coverings. A fitted carpet of the type that can be easily cleaned is ideal.

The decoration of the room in a familiar style (most likely to be traditional) and the incorporation of existing possessions will help to make the elderly person feel quickly at home. Inviting them to make decoration choices will involve them further. Pretty patterns and cheerful colors will do much to lift their mood and the addition of plants and even a pet will bring life to the room.

In addition certain electrical gadgets, such as remote control for lights and curtains, could well smooth the life of an elderly person.

How Property Fund Investors Can Fare Better Than Real Estate Developers

Are real estate developers disadvantaged relative to property fund investors?

Most real assets are performing better than the volatile stock market. But for some, property funds hold greater attraction over developed real estate.

Since the financial crisis of 2008, investors have soured on traditional investments due to factors of poor performance. Instead, they’re turning toward alternatives that include land investments and property funds. The reasons for this are easily understood: The growing housing shortage in the UK portends good near- and mid-term value growth for all aspects of residential real estate, particularly in light of robust (7 per cent since 2001) population growth.

Of course, not all real estate is the same for investors. Within real estate are two distinctly different types of investments, built properties and raw land. Some investors choose built properties or to invest in the developer who is managing the construction and sale of homes and commercial structures. An option to that is raw land, ripe for plan rezoning from, say, agricultural to residential-designated land.

Both have their merits, of course. But land investment might hold the advantage for at least three reasons:

• Adaptability to market needs – Raw land can be converted (pending approval of Local Planning Authority approvals, of course) to the use that is most critical to the local economy. This flexibility allows the land investment fund to prepare parcels for what will be needed in a relatively short period of time. On already-built property, investors have only what is there unless circumstances allow for the extraordinary expense of demolition and rebuilding – which only rarely makes sense from an asset growth perspective.

• Less investment in development (and associated risks) – The boom-bust cycles of the past several decades remind us of how a billion Pounds can be squandered rather quickly when a large property comes online at the precise moment when no one wants it. See “Canary Wharf, Olympia & York” for a spectacular illustration of how badly property investments can fail.

• More liquidity (but still not volatile) – Perhaps the Achilles Heel of real land assets is the illiquidity of land, with or without property. But land investments that at most involve the light infrastructure required of residential neighbourhoods (roads, sewers and other utilities) are much more easily sold than property involving structures. While that pales in comparison to real estate investment trusts for liquidity, real property is not nearly as subject to market fluctuations as are REITs.

To be sure, both investors in property funds and land investments tend to achieve asset growth in well-managed situations. But from land to property development, the path is quicker. With a seasoned team of land investment professionals, a joint venture partnership can identify and manage properties for maximum value appreciation and resale between 18 months and five years after acquisition.

All investments carry risk and should be considered in relation to one’s full portfolio of financial instruments. Be sure to contact a personal financial consultant before embarking on any investment.

Home Interior Design – Comfort and Functionality Being Critical Aspects

Why would you approach an interior designer? The normal purpose would be to have a plan made to give the finishing touches to the home you just bought from a builder or perhaps giving your existing home renovated anew. In both cases, you have to take into account many factors and the interior design company that you choose should also factor in these aspects to provide you a desirable design for the interiors of your home. What are these factors?

The Interior Designing Must Take a Holistic Approach

When you seek the help of a home interior design expert, you should be able to impress upon him the need to view the assignment which has to consider all the aspects of the home, the size, location, living space available, the people occupying the house and the way to connect all the utilities. Then there would be a tossup between the aesthetic appearances of the interior versus the usefulness of a particular part of the design.

The interior design company has to assure you that whatever they are recommending for your home will not contravene any local regulations and will also conform to the environment without causing any pollution or greenhouse gases.

Coordination with the Contractor Executing the Work

Many times, the interior designer would give you a plan, but the contractor who is selected by you to execute the work in your home might not agree with a few recommendations. If you are not very familiar with the work of the interior, you could be put to inconvenience in this difference of opinion between the two. To avoid this, you might want to make them sit together and come out with a commonly acceptable plan of action so that the work could be done smoothly.

Have You Included the Furniture as well?

If you have given an assignment to the home interior design expert, along with the suggestions and choices for the furniture, then you might wish to share your own preferences with him/her. This way, the final outcome will reflect your individual personality as much as the creative ideas put forth by the designer. In the case of specific areas in the household, like the kitchen, for example, the interior designer has to come up with the ideas to make the kitchen a modern one with the modular storage and the smoke hood provisions and so on. However, at this stage can you overlook the comfort and functionality. Things have to be stored and retrieved during the daily use of the kitchen by you and your spouse and you should not be put to any discomfort.

Then the new interior work should make the bathrooms better, and the electrical wiring and lighting fixtures be made much more energy efficient in keeping with the need of the times we live in and so on. While doing all this, you have to keep an eye on the cost. You might already have a budget and the interior design for your home should get done within the same. Your home will be an enjoyable place to live in if you have the best interior.