Aging In Place with Dennis Gehman


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Today we are going to discuss aging in place – making spaces for your clients safer, more accessible, and more convenient for everyone, no matter what their abilities are.

Dennis and Glenda Gehman founded Gehman Design Remodeling in 1990. And he’s still going strong on his 29th year in business. Gehman Design Remodeling is a full-service design-build company focussed primarily on residential remodeling. They have a beautiful showroom, which leads to a lot of kitchen and bath projects.

Dennis is a charter member and past president of Bucks Mont NARI & NARI-BIE (the National Association of the Remodeling Industry) and is currently Treasurer of the NARI National Board.

He has been especially involved in creating accessible spaces for his clients, as well as serving on the board of Spruce Lake Retreat, a Christian camp and conference center in the Poconos. Spruce Lake has made serving people with disabilities part of their core values.

He recently completed 8 years (2 of those as the board chair) on the Development Board for Joni & Friends of Greater Philadelphia, a Christian ministry that focuses on people with disabilities and their caregivers.

He is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), as well as a:

  • MCR = NARI Master Certified Remodeler
  • CLC = NARI Certified Lead Carpenter
  • CKBR = NARI Certified Kitchen & Bath Remodeler
  • CRPM = NARI Certified Remodeling Project Manager
  • Master Registered Plumber
  • And a Licensed Electrician

In addition to all that he personally oversees all disability / aging in place related projects that they remodel.

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Show Notes:

00:01:40: Some housekeeping

00:03:43: Tech Tip of the Week: Logitech Mouse

00:06:49: Introduction of guest Dennis Gehman

00:09:04: Dennis Gehman background

00:16:07: The importance of accessible spaces

00:16:52: A typical bathroom sales call recommendations

00:20:46: When should someone start thinking about aging in place?

00:21:36: Other items Dennis recommends

00:22:55: What Dennis recommends to make kitchens accessible

00:27:50: Blocking tips for grab bars, etc.

00:31:11: The importance of belonging to an association

00:35:18: What the Sciientific Remodeling System means to Dennis Gehman

00:39:49: Conclusion

00:41:24: Quote of the Week by Steven Krug

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