EP 007 | Karen Shinn & Gail Sheilds on Downsizing & Working With Seniors
May 2, 2017
Working with seniors and the elderly can be a rewarding way to build a niche, but to do this work successfully, the design professional requires a distinct set of skills. Downsizing Diva can coordinate a move from start-to-finish, get a house ready to be staged, clear estates or drop in for a WOW session (Work on Whatever it takes) to begin the task of downsizing and organizing.
In this episode we learn:
– what downsizing is, and when it occurs
– why it can feel great to downsize
– how language can impact varied age groups differently
– most important factor when decorating or designing for a client over the age of 70
– specific tips for working with seniors
Design Tips for working with seniors
- Use high contrast colors, especially at transitions such as stairways and thresholds.
- Light every area well. This works for everyone!
- Avoid shiny surfaces for floors, which lead the elderly to think there is water spilt or a slick surface.
- Choose colors only after the client sees them, as older eyes see color differently sometimes.
The Diva’s book, GO! The Essential Guide to Organizing and Moving
To learn more about specializing in senior design and downsizing: NASMM (National Association of Senior Move Managers).
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