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Two Virginia companies help local residents reach new heights – safely

The stats may be a bit surprising — one in six people in the United States is age 65 or over, according to the Census Bureau. And the number of seniors is growing rapidly. There are reportedly some 35 “active adult communities” in the Washington DC area and more are in the works. Northern Virginia is a vibrant area to age in place. Today’s older individuals want to age differently and remain active in their community while maintaining their independence.

With that in mind, two local businesses have teamed up to raise awareness about specialized services and products that address the region’s growing 55+ community.

ToiletKing, a provider of affordable, full-service toilet replacement, and I-CARE Inc., a provider of home modification solutions, recently kicked off November National Home Care Month with the goal to educate individuals and their families on how to modify their existing homes so as to be able to remain in their homes longer and safer.

“We are seeing growing interest for taller toilets and add-on stability accessories to aid the individual or their caregiver to make the job of personal hygiene easier and safer,” said Kari Ritacco, co-Founder of Ashburn-based ToiletKing. “Often, it is a matter of helping these individuals become aware that there are many easy and affordable ways to modify items in their home to allow them to maintain their independence, safety and dignity as they age.”

As individuals age their physical capabilities also change, but that does not necessarily translate in a transition to a full-service aging facility. Rather, key rooms in their homes, such as bathrooms, bedrooms and kitchens can be modified to adapt for mobility, safety and independence.

“We modify homes, so our clients don’t have to modify their lives,” said Tony Ivey, Construction Project Manager with ICARE Home Healthcare. “Aging adults love their home and want to have modifications that will increase their safety, allowing them to live longer in their homes. We do just that by creating a safe, personalized living space for our clients that increases their independence.”

Bathroom before being modified by I-Care, Inc.
Bathroom after being modified by I-Care, Inc.

ToiletKing has recently added the Kohler Corbelle toilet with Accessibility Add-ons as its “Toilet of the Month.” The ADA-height Kohler Corbelle is being offered with a three-inch raised seating surface along with Kohler’s newly introduced ergonomic armrests which allows up to a 530-pound weigh capacity. Additionally, the company also offers the Kohler Highline Tall which is a full 2½ inches taller than existing ADA Toilets, along with a selection of bidets for added hygiene.

I-CARE’s expert in-home modification and healthcare services are a long-standing resource for Northern Virginia individuals, families and caregivers transitioning their homes as they age. The company provides these individuals with a wealth of critical tools such as personal caregivers, family-caregiver training as well as home modification services to ensure individuals learn how to go about their daily life safely and effectively.

To find out more about each company’s offerings, visit ToiletKing at its website here, and visit I-CARE, Inc. at its website here.

(This is a sponsored post on behalf of ToiletKing and I-CARE, Inc.)