Age In Place Testimonial – Marjory’s Story
“I trust Mid-Coast Energy- they have been there in the middle of the night when I’ve needed them- I just like the company.”
MCES customer Marjory Lalime is a prime example of someone who is mindfully choosing her fixtures wisely during her bathroom renovation –with an eye to living many more years at home. Here’s her story.
Marjory Lalime may be in her seventies but she is young at heart and in spirit. She is physically fit and very active. About ten years ago, Marjory decided she was ready for a change and sold her older home in Newcastle for a condo overlooking the lovely Damariscotta River.
Marjory’s Home and New Needs
Marjory’s new home was actually restructured from an old colonial farmhouse in the 1980’s and still retains a level of charm and early detailing. Since nearly thirty years have now passed, the bathroom would benefit by some updating and it is conveniently located right next to a bedroom that may one day become her primary first floor bedroom. Since over thirty years have passed, Marjory is replacing all fixtures and is taking advantage of the timing of her project by thinking long term.
“Over this past year, I have watched a few older friends become ill and struggle to continue to function within their living environment.” Marjory says,” That has given me pause to think about what my own needs may be in the years to come. I was already planning to renovate a downstairs bath…now seems like the perfect time to look into some of the new universal fixtures on the market geared toward ease- of- use and safety for people of any age, and capability.”
While none of us have a crystal ball, Marjory realized that by being prepared for a broken bone, temporary limited mobility due to a surgery or other incident like a mild stroke, could mean the difference between going home to convalesce or being forced to stay at a rehabilitation center for awhile, or even face permanent placement in a nursing home. With a little extra forethought during her already scheduled renovation, she can better extend the time she’ll stay in her own home, no matter what life’s physical challenges occur. By enlisting universal design principals and safety features that modify the home in key areas, Marje has joined the growing trend.
MidCoast Energy Solutions Assists in ‘Age In Place’ Modifications
Gina Philippon, sales & estimates Manager for MCES assisted Marjory with her choice of fixtures. Since one of Marjory’s concerns was being able to climb in and out of the tub in the future, Gina’s design included a walk- in tiled shower that could easily accept a wheelchair if need be. A comfort height toilet will be installed which is higher than the standard making rising much easier and gentler on the knee joints. Marje made it clear that one of the reasons for hiring MCES was to ensure that the quality of the installation of the plumbing and electrical service was high, and she says “I trust Mid-Coast Energy…I want to make sure that things are installed properly so that repairs are not an issue in the future…they (MCES) have been there in the middle of the night when I’ve needed them — I just like the company.”
“I was already planning to renovate a downstairs bath…it seemed like the perfect time to look into some of the new universal fixtures on the market geared toward ease- of- use and safety for people of any age, and capability.”
For questions on any of the above information, universal fixtures, home modification, or other questions regarding how we can help you to live in your own home safely- longer, please call Mid-Coast Energy Systems at 1 207 563 5147 for a free consultation.