Aging-in-Place: Accessible Housing Tips

According to a 2018 AARP report, 76% of Americans ages 50 and older say they prefer to remain in their current residence and 77% would like to live in their community as long as possible. In order to make this wish a reality, homes must be designed with age-in-place features to help older homeowners stay comfortable and independent in their own homes for as long as possible. 

Here are some of the top features to include for aging in place:

Overall Design

Your home should be designed in a way that even as you get older, you’ll still be able to navigate the entirety of the house, or at least the areas you use most often. 

The simplest way to do this would be to choose a one-level house with an open concept. If you do have a house with more than one floor, try moving everything to the main floor. That way it is much more accommodating to get to your everyday needs as you grow in age. If you’re looking to move, keeping an eye out for a first-floor master bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom should be top priority.

If you regularly need to access the second floor of your home, we recommend a motorized stairlift. Some homeowners are even installing elevators in their homes.

Build wide doorways (36”) and halls to accommodate wheelchairs or other walking aids. The home should have a level walking surface. This means no areas that you have to step into and no tripping hazards like thick throw rugs.

Doorknobs should be replaced with easier-to-grasp levers, and lighting should be ample to accommodate failing vision.

Smart home features are also great for aging homeowners! Any process that can be automated or controlled by the push of a button will save a mobility-challenged homeowner from straining or possibly injuring themselves.

Bedroom

Your bed and bedroom furniture should be low and easy to access. Install handrails near the bed. In the closet,  install lighting and pull-down rods.

Bathroom

Bathrooms can be dangerous for elderly homeowners. Avoid step-in tubs and opt for a shower instead. Install a shower seat and handrails in the shower and near the toilet.

Kitchen

Make sure everything in the kitchen is within reach. Low storage options are preferred rather than storing items in high cabinets. Install chair-height countertops and appliances and touchless faucets. Choose appliances with buttons on the front so you will not have to struggle to reach towards the back.

Outdoor

As you get older, it may become difficult to maintain your outdoor space. Choose low-maintenance plants and install a sprinkler system. It also wouldn’t hurt to ask any younger kids in the neighborhood to help out. They’re great in company, and affordable. 

Financial Assistance

Aging-in-place modifications can be expensive, but there is financial assistance available. Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurances may cover some modifications. You can also check with your local state Aging or Housing agency for assistance.

Conclusion

Aging in place is certainly possible with careful planning and the proper home modifications. If you have more questions and would like to speak with a remodeling expert, please reach out.

Connecticut Named Top State to Raise a Family and Retire

With changing seasons, plenty of outdoor activities, and proximity to the largest cities in the Northeast, Connecticut appeals to many. The residents of this state aren’t the only ones who recognize the benefits of living here –  Connecticut was recently named as a top state in two surveys by MoneyRates.com.

As one of the 10 Best States to Raise a Family 2021 and Best States to Retire 2021, Connecticut has appealing qualities for all ages. Keep reading to learn more!

Best States to Raise a Family 2021

Families across the country reassessed their living situation last year as the pandemic hit. Many people moved away from cities and into suburban areas, but parents want to know there is more than a big backyard when considering where to raise children. 

Here are the nine factors that MoneyRates.com took into consideration when determining the top states to raise a family:

  1. Academic performance
  2. Availability of youth/student checking accounts
  3. Overall affordability
  4. College affordability
  5. Crime safety
  6. Access to daycare
  7. Child health
  8. Kid-friendly neighborhood amenities
  9. Broadband availability

Overall, Connecticut ranked as the Number 4 state to raise a family.

While Connecticut is not the most affordable state on the list (ranked 43 overall and 45 for college affordability), it does fall in the top ten for academic performance (9), access to youth checking accounts (10), safety (3), and daycare availability (5). 

In the remaining areas, Connecticut was ranked in the top 20 for child health (15), neighborhood amenities (14), and broadband connectivity (12). 

Best States to Retire 2021

Connecticut isn’t just an excellent place for raising children; it is also a top state for retirement. For this study, MoneyRates.com focused on four major categories:

  1. Economic factors, including the cost of living, property tax burdens, and unemployment rates. 
  2. Crime and safety factors, including violent and property crime rates.
  3. Lifestyle factors, including the proportion of older residents and average temperatures.
  4. Healthcare conditions, including nursing facility capacity, cost of health care, and life expectancy. 

For the best states to retire, Connecticut ranked Number 7 overall. 

Once again, affordability is Connecticut’s biggest hurdle, ranking 45 for economy. However, this state offers plenty to aging residents, coming in top spots for crime/safety (4), lifestyle (19), and healthcare (3). 

What do you love about living in Connecticut? Let us know in the comments!

A Season of Giving

December is always filled with generosity, excitement, and compassion. 

This year is undoubtedly different, as we’ve all faced unforeseen challenges in 2020. Yet, there is still an overwhelming amount of kindness we can’t help but notice. 

All year, we’ve witnessed individuals, businesses, and families rally together to help those in need. Over the months, we’ve continuously been uplifted by people near and far who continue to do the work of helping others. 

Challenges in Connecticut

While many have adapted to a new way of living, many more are faced with lingering challenges: 

  • 600 Connecticut restaurants have closed since March.
  • 35,000 businesses have closed. 
  • 277,000 jobs have been eliminated. 
  • 43% of Connecticut unemployment claims came from closed and nonoperational businesses, including restaurants, bars, nail and hair salons, and museums.

Many have reached out to ask how to help along the Connecticut shoreline, and that’s where The Gift Card Project comes in!

The Gift Card Project

The Gift Card Project launched in Guilford and Madison in March 2020 in response to the desire of so many people asking how they can help. Their efforts quickly spread throughout Connecticut, helping collect and distribute over $20,000 worth of gift cards to those in need. 

The Gift Card Project aims to help in more than one way:

  1. By buying gift cards from small businesses, you help support your favorite local restaurants and shops.  
  2. Those gift cards are then given to someone who could use a boost. The Gift Card Project handles distribution to ensure gift cards get to those in need! 

Now, they are once again collecting and donating gift cards to those who need them most!

Simply buy a gift card from a small business and email or send it to The Gift Card Project. They will distribute it to those who need it most: families struggling to make ends meet, restaurant workers whose hours have been cut, and business owners forced to close their doors. 

Learn more about how you can help at The Gift Card Project.

10 Simple DIY Summer Projects

Summer is in the air! Longer days and warmer weather are ideal for playing outdoor games, firing up the grill, hanging by the pool, and DIY projects. Rather than heading to the store and purchasing summer decor, take matters into your own hands with some of these DIY crafts. From yard Yahtzee to succulent garden masterpieces, we compiled a list of simple DIY projects that will keep you busy all summer long!

Mug Bird Feeder 

Nothing screams summer more than a custom bird feeder. This adorable DIY mug bird feeder is a great handmade project, especially for those who love to draw and doodle. Mugs and plates from the dollar store are great for this craft!

 

 Yard Yahtzee

Calling all Yahtzee lovers! Yard Yahtzee is a clever craft idea for any summer barbeque. Enjoy with your family and friends with this supersized version of your favorite dice game. 

 

Fruit Painted Coasters  

These colorful and fun graphic fruit painted coasters are the perfect addition to your summer decor. Not only are they practical, but they are easily customizable and simple to make. 

 

Garden Masterpiece with Succulents  

 

Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can easily make this beautiful plant art with succulents. A low maintenance planter, your succulent masterpiece will be a great backyard addition.  

 

Tin Can Luminaries

If you’re ready to make these Tin Can Luminaries, you’ll definitely want citronella candles to go with it. Keep the mosquitoes away and your summer nights lit with these beautiful luminaries. 

 

Shoe Organizer Herb Garden

All you need for this vertical herb garden is hanging shoe rack, soil, and seedlings! Not only will this organizer protect your plants from critters, it is a cost-effective alternative to planters. 

 

Serving Tray Makeover 

Does your old serving tray need a makeover? Check out a simple and affordable way to spruce up any serving tray without any paint! 

 

Plastic Bottle Hanging Planters

Put your recycled water bottles to use with these DIY plastic bottle hanging planters. This is another great alternative to planters and simple enough to craft with your kids!

 

Tulip Wreath 

For a fun and festive look, this tulip wreath is the perfect burst of color for your front door or decor! If tulips aren’t your go-to flower, switch it out with any greenery of your choice. 

 

Garden Rock Sign 

These adorable garden rock signs are made with just a little imagination and paint. Using a few rocks from around your yard, these markers are essential for any growing area. 

 

We hope these few DIY summer crafts ideas inspired you to try something new! Comment below any summer projects that you’ve been crafting. 

Living in Guilford

A small coastal community, Guilford, Connecticut, is both quaint and lively. From the minute you enter the town border, you know you’re somewhere special. Conveniently located on the Connecticut shoreline and a suburb of New Haven, residents say Guilford is unlike any other place in Connecticut. 

With a rich history of dating back to 1639, walking amongst the historic buildings is a key reason visitors flock to this town. From beautiful beaches to a flourishing downtown, we’ve compiled what makes Guilford a special place to live:

Heart of the Town 

In Guilford, the Guilford Green is a central hub of activity in the community. With nearly 12 acres of green, on a typical day, you’ll find children riding their bikes, people walking their dogs, and families tossing a frisbee. The Shoreline Chamber of Commerce maintains a calendar of events from virtual workshops to fundraisers. There are also a wide variety of summer events hosted by the Guilford Parks and Recreation Center, including fitness classes, game nights, and concerts. 

Shops, Restaurants, and More!

In addition to all of the special events, locally-owned boutiques, restaurants, the Guilford Free Library, and four churches all surround the Town Green. Guilford is proud to represent a variety of small businesses unique to the shoreline town. The Residences at 66 High Street are walking distance to the Guilford Green and many shops and restaurants. Residents love being close to the action of downtown! 

Historic Sights

A town with a widespread and legendary history comes with a variety of historic sites and museums. The Henry Whitfield State House, the oldest house in Connecticut, and the late 19th century Dudley Farm are just a few of the must-see sites in Guilford. If you prefer, simply enjoy a stroll through downtown gazing at the third largest collection of historic New England homes

Parks and Beaches

Whether you’re relaxing at Jacob’s Beach and enjoying the view of the Long Island Sound, taking a swim at Lake Quonnipaug, or boating at the local yacht club, the shore is an important part of the town’s culture. Guilford maintains multiple parks and sports fields for use by teams, clubs, groups, and some cases for private use. Here are a list of parks and fields: 

The Commute

Located midway between Boston and New York, Guilford has easy access to the Northeast’s major cities via I-95 or the Coastal Rail Line. Shoreline East, the local train station, has a commuter line with five trains on weekdays. The ride to New Haven’s State Street station only takes 22 minutes, but the Shore Line trains go as far as Stamford. 

Make sure to check out Guilford’s website for updates and news of the city’s re-opening. What do you love most about Guilford? Let us know! 

Shoreline Hardware Stores

We know many homeowners have been busy with summer home maintenance and DIY upgrades. No matter what the project is, it’s essential to have high-quality supplies.  We are excited to share a list of open local hardware, building, and painting supply stores along the Connecticut shoreline. 

Purchasing your supplies locally can have a significant positive impact in helping support these small businesses. 

#StrongerTogether

 

New Haven 

Bender (203) 787-4288

Grand Paint & Design Center (203) 562-5601

 

East Haven 

Goody’s True Value Hardware (203) 469-5335

East Haven Builders Supply (860) 474-9040

 

Branford

Branford Building Supplies (203) 488-2518 

Country Hardware and Paint (203) 481-5255

Richlin Home & Auto (203) 481-8081

 

Guilford 

Page Hardware & Appliance Co. (203) 453-5267 

 

Madison

Ring’s End (203) 655-2525

 

Clinton 

Steward’s Ace Hardware (860) 669-0505

Clinton Paint & Decorating (860) 669-8842 

 

Let us know your favorite local business to get your home improvement supplies!

Community Spaces in Development: More Important than Ever

We’re all seeing it: the Zoom calls, car parades, and balcony gatherings. People are supporting local businesses, showing thanks to those on the front lines, and donating to those in need. 

Even though we are physically separated, our communities are growing stronger than ever. It’s made us think about the growing trend we have seen in new developments – one that will likely continue long after this has passed. 

Master Planned Communities

From developments with single-family homes to mixed-use construction, developers have been focusing on incorporating more community spaces over the past few years.

At 66 High Street, the pool, once installed, will be a gathering place in summer. Before the current health crisis, residents often walked downtown together, and met up in each other’s units for a glass of wine and some conversation.  

At Overland Lofts in Springfield, community spaces will be available for residents only. Since the building is mixed-use, there will also be stores, cafes, and restaurants that people from all over downtown can enjoy together. 

Developments all over the country have already started adding in more community spaces. Why? Because it brings people together. Now, more than ever, we see how important connection is. 

What to Watch For

One thing we’ve all learned recently is that connection can still happen when we are separated. While we know developers will continue incorporating spaces for gathering in person, we anticipate that builders will also start thinking about how to integrate technology. Here are some things to watch for in development, according to Best in American Living:

  1. Personalized concierge sales experiences, including a mix of technology and human interaction.
  2. New ways to access amenities so people can gather utilizing technology. 
  3. Tech-enabled events and participation, such as online book clubs, art classes, or movie nights.
  4. Greater integration between homebuilders and community developers throughout real estate transactions, including virtual tours for potential buyers. 
  5. Doubling down on outdoor spaces for walking, biking, and gathering. 

 

What would you like to see in a residential development? Let us know!

3 Ways to Help Right Now

How can I help?

It’s a question going through the minds of many right now. As we practice social distancing to keep ourselves and our neighbors safe, many want to do more. If you are in the position to donate your time or money, here are three local organizations that are assisting people in Connecticut right now. 

If you find yourself needing support in these times, reach out to these same organizations to learn how they can assist you:

The Gift Card Project

The Gift Card Project launched last week in response to the desire of so many people asking how they can help. 

We have all been affected by the current situation in some way: small businesses are temporarily closed, individuals are facing layoffs, and healthcare professionals and essential workers are bravely working overtime. 

The Gift Card Project aims to help in more than one way: supporting local businesses, while at the same time supporting someone who could use a boost. Simply buy a gift card from a small business, send it to The Gift Card Project, and it will be distributed accordingly. 

Learn more about The Gift Card Project here.

Guilford Cares, Ethan Miller Song Foundation & Town of Guilford Senior Programs

Guilford Cares is teaming up with the Ethan Miller Song Foundation and Town of Guilford Parks and Recreation Senior Programs to provide assistance to Guilford residents. 

To ensure that the elderly and immunocompromised are not going out in public more than absolutely necessary, you can volunteer to help deliver pre-ordered food from a local grocer. 

Learn more about the program here

Cilantro Specialty Foods & Coffee Roasters

Cilantro Specialty Foods & Coffee Roasters have not only turned their restaurant into a grocery store, but have also turned the kitchen into a place to prepare meals for the homeless. 

Working with the Columbus House in New Haven, meals are being prepared at Cilantro Specialty Foods. With so many regulations changing, food pantries and shelters will need access to a commercial kitchen. 

Learn more about what co-owner Cindy Wallace is doing here, or drop off your canned goods right in front of Cilantro’s. 

Do you know of other local organizations that are accepting donations? Let us know in the comments. 

How the Guilford Community is Stepping Up

Communities all over the country are stepping up during this time of need. 

Recently, Byron Lazine and Nicole White of One + Company Real Estate, spoke with Brian McGlone, the Economic Development Manager for the town of Guilford. They discussed some of the incredible ways residents and businesses of Guilford are offering their assistance. 

Read on for highlights of the discussion, or listen to the full conversation here

Bio-Med Devices and 4Catalyzer

Bio-Med Devices and 4Catalyzer, both located in Guilford, are contributing to the medical field. Bio-Med Devices makes ventilators and is currently ramping up production to meet the needs of the industry. Jonathan Rothberg of 4Catalyzer is working on a home test kit for coronavirus. 

Women & Family Life Center

Women & Family Life Center, in collaboration with the Guilford Foundation and the Branford Foundation, have an assistance program available. If you are in need of assistance, you can fill out an application for a $500 grant. If you would like to add to the fund, donations are being accepted here.

Guilford Public Schools

Guilford Public Schools began distance learning, one week earlier than anticipated. Students who need a Chromebook can get one on loan from the school. 

What can we do to help support our small, local businesses during this time as residents?

Brian McGlone, along with others from the town of Guilford, is encouraging people to continue to support local establishments by ordering food for curbside pickup or delivery, getting gift cards, and online shopping.

As we head into unknown territories, Brian reminds us of the positive things happening in the shoreline town. 

“I see it with the town. Banding together, trying to help one another, encouraging people that we will get through this. We’re still on unchartered waters and some ideas might come up that might not be as successful. If people just remain patient, remain positive and optimistic, and practice kindness, we’ll all get through this,” he said. 

 

Shoreline Community Restaurants

Here is a list of local establishments offering curbside takeout and/or delivery options.

It is as important as ever that we keep our communities strong and thriving during this time.

Thank you Shoreline Chamber – CT and members of our social community for helping to curate this list! We’ll keep adding to it as we get more information.

Branford

Curbside Pick Up and Delivery

Coal & Daisies (203) 208-1263

Coffee Con Cannella (203) 208-4106

Donovan’s Reef (203) 488-5573

Eli’s on the Hill  (203) 488-2700

Home Restaurant  (203) 483-5896

Jalapeno Heaven  (203) 481-6759

La Cuisine Cafe & Market  (203) 488-7779

Marco Pizzeria  (203) 483-1544

Parthenon Diner  (203) 481-0333

The Stand  (203) 433-4728

Shoreline Cafe  (203) 488-2600

Willoughby’s Coffee & Tea  (203) 481-1700

Curbside Pick Up

Branford Breakfast Connections  (203) 483-4597

Branford Food Pantry (203) 481-3663

Branford Townhouse Family Restaurant (203) 481-0550

Cafe Fiore  (203) 208-4690

Common Grounds  (203) 488-2326

G Café  (203) 208-0930

Gourmet Wok  (203) 481-7988

Il Forno Restaurant (203) 488-0573

LaLuna Ristorante  (203) 483-9995

Lenny’s Indian Head  (203) 488-1500

Love Bakery & Cafe  (203) 208-2353

Pacileo’s Apizza  (203) 481-5930

Pasta Cosi  (203) 483-9397

Rossitto’s Ristorante (860) 977-3087

Rosso Vino Wine & Bistro (203) 315-0005

U.S.S. Chowder Pot III (203) 481-2356

 

Guilford

Curbside Pick Up and Delivery

Amarone’s (203) 533-7377

Carpanzano’s Pizzeria (203) 453-7040

Cilantro Coffee Roasters (203) 458-2555

Panera Bread (203) 204-0097

Quattro’s Restaurant (203) 453-6575

Rocco’s Off Wooster Pizza (203) 533-5032

The Marketplace (203) 453-4849

The Maritime Grille (203) 453-0774

Curbside Pick Up

Anthony’s of Guilford (203) 533-4259

Bishops Orchards  (203) 453-2338

Chapter One Food and Drink  (203) 533-7988

Forte’s Gourmet Market (203) 453-4910

KC’s Restaurant and Pub (203) 453-0771

Mr. J’s Asian Bistro (203) 453-3355

Naples Restaurant and Pizza  (203) 453-4759

Pasta Avest & Pizzeria  (203) 453-8779

South Lane Bistro  (203) 533-5845

The Guilford Mooring  (203) 458-2921

Vietnoms Café  (203) 689-5299

 

North Branford

Curbside Pick Up and Delivery

Anthony John’s Pizzeria (203) 484-0433

Belle Foods and Pizza (203) 208-0078

Chat N Chew  (203) 208-0097

Giovanni’s Pizzeria & Ristorante  (203) 484-4535

JCakes  (203) 488-2800

Joey Cal’s Deli & Catering  (203) 208-1038

La Cucina Catering  (203) 484-0463

Nataz Restaurant  (203) 315-0180

Curbside Pick Up

Doody’s Restaurant  (203) 484-0588

Milani Italian Pastry & Bakery (203) 484-5017

Northford Country Grill  (203) 484-4899

Rose Orchards  (203) 488-7996

Supreme Seafood  (203) 484-2721

New Haven

Soul de Cuba Café  (203) 498-2822 

 

Comment below if you see a local establishment missing from this list 🙏

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