Planning Ahead to Age at Home

Research shows 73-88% of Baby Boomers in America want to age in their homes, yet few residences are prepared to accommodate long-term needs. This generation will live 10-15 years longer than previous generations, so Baby Boomers must stay healthy 10-15 years longer. To house healthier older adults, homes must accommodate physical needs for a lifetime. Preparing ahead is a key element in this equation. In today’s world, people are motivated by initiatives that save time, energy and money. People spend money in order to save money long term. This webinar focuses on how homeowners can spend less money in the long term while aging in their homes by planning home upgrades that meet the Standards of Universal Design and Accessibility ahead of time. A monetary value equation is presented, supporting that the most economical choice is to age in a home designed for multi-generational use. This research was made possible thanks to the ASID Foundation Irene Winifred Eno Grant

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn about the long-term housing crisis generated by the extended life expectancy of healthy Baby Boomers
  2. Understand the predominant preference to age at home and the importance of planning ahead in order to prepare a lifelong multi-generational living environment
  3. Learn how to integrate the standards of Universal Design and Accessibility into the design elements of residential upgrades
  4. Discover the support systems needed by individuals to remain active in their communities while aging at home
  5. Review the key components of housing and healthcare presented as cost comparisons for aging at home versus aging in an assisted living facility

IDCEC Course Number: CC-104947; 0.1 CEU | HSW     Note: ASID will report CEUs earned to IDCEC on your behalf.

Access periodOne year from registration date.

Lisa Bonneville, FASID

Principal, Bonneville Design

Lisa Bonneville, FASID is a passionate interior designer with a vision to create an accessible world, one home at a time. For over 36 years, she has managed her award-winning firm, Bonneville Design, in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, serving a residential, corporate, healthcare and retail clientele. She continues to work with many of her original clients, creating new homes for them through upgrades and careful planning on new construction to achieve lifelong living environments. Her inspired approach to the process of spatial planning and aesthetic impact provide fresh creative solutions on every project. She forms supportive teams, encourages collaboration, and improves outcomes by ensuring timely and transparent communication. This distinctive approach, coupled with a high level of organization and project management expertise, makes her a highly valued resource to her clients, vendors, and colleagues in the trade.

Always a strong advocate for the physically and mentally challenged, Bonneville incorporates the standards of Universal Design into her project solutions and works with clients to heighten awareness of the importance of safety and mobility within the home while achieving optimum living environments for themselves, their family members, and friends. She is a 2014 recipient of the ASID Foundation’s Irene Winifred Eno Grant for the research project “Developing a Cost Comparison Tool for Planning Ahead to Age in a Home Designed to the Standards of Universal Design and Accessibility vs. Moving Into an Assisted Living Facility,” and in 2008 was inducted into the New England Design Hall of Fame. She’s the author of The Safe Home, Designing for Safety in the Home (2007).


Planning Ahead to Age at Home - Welcome Video
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Open to view video. Please view this 40 second video for information on earning continuing education credit and course instructions. (THIS VIDEO HAS NO SOUND)
Section 1: Research Findings & Choices and Preparing a Lifelong Home
Part 1: Research Findings & Choices: Stay at Home or Go?
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Open to view video. This 17 minute video focuses on the decision to age at home or not. (This video includes audio)
Part 2: Preparing a Lifelong Home
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Open to view video. This 10 minute video outlines steps to take during construction and remodeling to prepare a lifelong home. (This video includes audio)
Quiz 1
6 Questions
6 Questions You must score a minimum of 83% (5 correct responses) to pass the part one quiz.
Section 2: Case Study Details, Cost Comparisons and Course Conclusion
Part 3: Case Study Details
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Open to view video. This 3.5 minute video goes into detail on a master bath design case study. (This video includes audio)
Part 4: Cost Comparison and Course Conclusion
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Open to view video. This 20 minute video walks you through the cost comparison of aging in place vs. assisted living, and wraps up the content. (This video includes audio)
Quiz 2
4 Questions
4 Questions You must score a minimum of 75% (3 correct responses) to pass the part one quiz.
Planning Ahead to Age at Home Course Evaluation
9 Questions
IDCEC Course Completion Certificate
HSW credit  |  Certificate available
HSW credit  |  Certificate available 0.1 IDCEC CEU | HSW awarded upon successful completion of the course. REPORTING: ASID will report CEUs earned directly to IDCEC on your behalf if you are an ASID member.