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MCES Estimating & Sales Assistant Katie Eugley has completed the educational and experience requisites for the Aging in Place Specialist Certification through the National Association of Home Builders. This Nationally recognized certification program was developed to help professionals accommodate the needs of the senior population. Because we are living longer, the trend to live independently at home by postponing or even avoiding institutional living has grown exponentially. Because the bathroom is the number one obstacle to the safe living at home, the importance of planning and incorporating safety modifications during a routine bathroom update or remodel cannot be overly emphasized. The most compelling information supporting this growing concept commonly known as Aging in Place is that these home safety modifications rarely cost more than the equivalent of just four to six weeks in an assisted living facility. And, accessibility modifications, properly done, may very well add to the resale value of a residence.

Katie is the second Certified Aging in Place Professional on the MCES staff. She joins sales manager Gina Philippon who earned her certification in 2016. Katie & Gina’s advanced training elevates the level of proficiency at MCES by allowing them to look at a space and re-design it into safe, functional and stylish environments that MCES customers will be happy and comfortable in for years to come. Katie says that her favorite part of the training was the design aspect, and says that “now when I enter a customers’ home, I know exactly what to look for and how to accomplish it.” For more information & ideas relating to bathroom safety modifications, please call MCES at 1-800-890-7196.


Since the bathroom is the biggest obstacle to safely living at home as we age, it’s not only important to access your needs at present, but to also include the proper elements that will allow for accessibility issues that could arise for anyone in your family.  Many of the calls Mid-Coast energy Systems receives come in the midst of a medical emergency after someone has fallen, had surgery or suffered some other illness.  It’s often a shock to realize that returning to our own home or bathroom design is not be possible.  Obviously, renovating under these circumstances is very stressful and ill advised.

The best way to plan long term is to incorporate safety modifications during any routine bathroom update or remodel– long before there is a medical emergency. If you are not in a position for a major bathroom overhaul, know that even  simple updates can  make a world of difference.


Basic modifications you can do now-


  • Simple installation of carefully placed grab bars not only in bathrooms, but also in kitchens, walkways, stairways and bedrooms.


  • Laundry facilities can be relocated from the basement to first floor. Comfort Height toilets replace standard


  • Old bathtubs should be replaced with sectional shower units that include personal showers and seats.


  • Installation of entry ramps


  • Relocating light switches and outlets within easy reach


All new walk-in shower units may not accommodate a full size wheelchair however; a transfer seat allows the wheelchair bound person to slide on to the seat with minimum assistance. These new units will fit into the area of the old tub and can use the same bathtub drain plumbing, minimizing cost and installation time.


Sterling Bathroom AIP

The most compelling information to support the sensibility of an “Age in Place” safety modification is the fact that even a major bathroom modification (such as a new bathroom located on the first floor)  will rarely exceed the cost of one or two months in an assisted living facility.  Given our aging population, accessibility modifications properly done, may very well add to the resale value of a residence.

Until recent years, homeowners who developed health issues or balance problems often fell into the belief that they have lost control over their life and the only natural option is to enter a nursing home or an assisted living facility. The children of aging parents often feel the same frustration.

Today, there is a vast selection of sleek and stylish universal bathroom fixtures from which to choose.  Thanks to several years of consumer education surrounding the Age in Place concept, we now have an opportunity to make important decisions for ourselves, before there is illness or injury and someone else is forced to make them for us.

Author: Holly Haining – Zulieve is an independent marketing agent for Mid-Coast Energy Systems.

If you have questions regarding bathroom safety, please contact Gina Philippon at MCES

Email: gphilippon@midcoastenergysystems.com

Phone: 207-563-5147