Some of the most moving, powerful words uttered. When I watch a video of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. say these words and understand the context from which he speaks, I get the chills. Every time.
Now I have a dream.
I have a dream that as our parents and grandparents continue to live longer, they can do so in the comfort and security of their own home, not made to move into a ‘home’ if that’s not their wish.
I have a dream that injured breadwinners can remain living with their own families, not separated or relocated because their physical limitations force them to live in a ‘facility’ miles away.
I have a dream that disabled children live the most normal life possible including living in their own home surrounded by the care and love that only a family can give, not in an ‘institution’.
I have a dream that homes will be designed to promote the dignity of all mankind, and not just accommodate the young and healthy.
I have a dream that I can live my entire life in the same house even if I’m disabled.
Now what? No marches in the beltway. Yet
What if a team of professionals collaborated to discover the best solution for each person who has challenges living in their current home?
What if an occupational therapist assessed the situation from a care perspective?
What if they took their assessment to a universal/adaptable designer who could translate that perspective into the physical space and redesign the living space to not only function well but look great?
What if the builder/remodeler was a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist AND had a passion for this idea?
Can you imagine professionals from unique perspectives collaborating together to arrive at the best solution for you or your loved one? Not only the best solution, but a range of options to choose from depending on timing and finances. Speaking of finances, wouldn’t this team be hitting on all cylinders if there were an insurance and finance specialist who could navigate that arena for the team?
The second most-used phrase that MLK uses in his speech is “let freedom ring…”.
My dream: it’s about freedom. For you and your loved ones.
The dream is taking shape! Stay tuned, and tell me what you think of my dream? Is it yours too?