Aging in Place with Gene Nicolelli
A Video Recorded by John Risken
Gene Nicolelli is an architect who is certified by the National Association of Home Builders as an Aging in Place Specialist. You can listen to a recording of the seminar Gene presented at the Think Again Brooklyns forum on November 27, 2018. When homes, apartments, and condos are built to accomdate people who require wheelchairs either temporarily or permanently, they will often be able to delay the need to live in an assisted living center or a nursing home. This makes it possible for people to continue living with family members or near friends. It also makes their living expenses more affordable as living in a home, apartment, or condo costs far less than a nursing home or assisted living facility with care, both of which can run over $9,000 a month. The high cost of care in either of these institutions is higher than most people can afford so most of the cost is often paid by Medicaid which is likely to result in increased state and county taxes.
The American Association of Retired Persons reports that only one percent of apartments and homes are fully accessible. For that reason Think Again MN is encouraging municipalities to require new construction to include accessibility standards. The cost of meeting these standards is very modest for newly constructed dwellings, but can be very high for homes that need remodeling or impossible for many of the split entry homes and three story walk up or down apartments in Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park.