NICHOLE KAIN: Home and Place Project & Aging in Place

Apr 7, 2018 | Aging

Living at Home Longer with Joy

In 2016 I earned the CLIPP (Certified Living in Place Professional) appellation.  During the training we spoke and learned about the importance of collaborating with other professionals in order to create the best possible outcome for our clients.  The occupational therapist was part of the cross collaboration team we discussed and I was intrigued by their work which is why I am thrilled to introduce you to Nichole Kain.

Nichole is the founder of Home and Place Project, LLC.  She is an Occupational Therapist and Environmental Gerontologist with a passion for bringing professionals like interior designers, architects, contractors, and even researchers together to have meaningful conversations about aging in place.  As a Certified Aging in Place Specialist, Nichole has a deep appreciation for the power of place and the importance of personal choice.

Evidence-based practice is something you have no doubt heard me talk about before.  Nichole and I have a lot in common and our passions for evidence-based practice is no exception.  We joke that we could really nerd out together talking about theories, best practices, and practical applications.

Have a listen to get some ideas about the importance of space and why place matters.  Nichole shares touching stories about how she helped two elder women bring joy into their life through ironing (trust me :)) and painting.  Also, we learn the secret to life is ice cream!

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In this episode:

  • Nichole shares how her background in occupational therapy and environmental gerontology helps or hinders the ease of living for older adults
  • Collaboration and crossover among professionals and learning more about what we don’t know
  • Activities of daily living, assistive devices and how an OT and designers can work together to create an ideal environment
  • Clever design is good for everyone – it’s universal not just accessible
  • Fears to consider – falling, the unknown, and losing independence
  • Helping older adults maintain dignity through the design of their home environment
  • We learn about Nichole’s new project, the Home and Place Podcast
  • Connect with Home Modification Occupational Therapy Alliance to find an occupational therapist to collaborate with

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