EtMM talks about “Encore Living” with Joyce Joneschiet

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Interview: w/ Mrs. Joyce Joneschiet  July 12th, 2012  

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About Joyce Joneschiet – Owner of “Aging In Place Options”, CAPS certified Interior Designer, and Managing Editor of “Encore Life” Magazine.

Our conversation with Mrs. Joyce Joneschiet was uplifting and enlighting… EMPOWERING actually!  Joyce has a great insight to where the population is heading, and how we can truly

help them.  The home is where it all begins; our life, our happiness, our enjoyment of the things we do every day as we move about in our home, and as we go about our day outside the home as well.

Ironically, she and I both spent some time in a wheelchair in college.  No, not “literally” from injury or disability, but rather for a school project.  For my experience, I can recall being able to “race” my friend Derek Sitzmann, balanced on just two wheels, up and down the halls in the middle of the night at the University of Washington’s Architecture Hall, in the basement.  I was working on an Architecture studio design project in the winter of ’96 (my senior year) for a Jewish Assisted Living facility.  It was to be designed for a  mid-rise structure, with an occupancy for 102 beds, and also a “kosher” building, with a synagogue & retail spaces on the street level.  The site was on First Hill in Seattle, a project that elder housing developer Kline Galland came to our presentations on, as a design springboard for their own firm.  This site was the future home of an actual facility that later got built for that purpose.

Joyce and I both had our “time in a chair” change our views on the future of a portion of our careers.  At the same time as I was at U.W. getting my Architecture degree, my grandmother went from 5′-9″ in height and traveling the world as a masters level bridge player, to being 5′-2″ tall, and resigned to a hospital bed in the living room of their house, and now having no idea who my grandfather was.  In those 4-5 years, osteoporosis and alzhiemers had gotten the best of her.  It was sad to watch it happen, and as an architecture student, I noticed immediately that their 70’s split level home was clearly “broken” for the changes she (and they, including the caregiver during the day, and her husband / my grandpa at night) was experiencing in her abilities and their deterioration.  This was my “FIRST LIGHT BULB” that would later re-direct the residential portion of my career as an Architect… the other came 14 years later (more on that in a different post in the near future).

ADA and accessibility may have started with sidewalk ramps for wheelchairs, but it goes now so much further than that now, for the betterment of the individual, the potential in-home caregiver, and the entire family and visitors to the home also.  Good “Universal Design” goes to the heart of helping everyone, and it works better for EVERYONE.  And truly good design disappears, it just “fits in” to the home and the environments it is a part of.  It’s a crucial facet of designing “your life” for more fulfillment and enjoyment, in the bigger picture.  HOME is where your day (and life) begins and ends.  HOME is the root source of where we would like to address the challenges that face us from a design perspective, at least as our primary starting point for a solution.  When the home is happy, we have the foundation for a life of happiness.

People like Joyce Joneschiet, as an interior designer that is also a “Certified Aging In Place Specialist”, are here to help.  With a big heart, a big passion for what she does and why she does it, as well as an education to back it all up, allows her to bring true value to the client, and to our society as a whole.  We are appreciative of those that are out there figuring out how to make their passion into their living.  Joyce is a gem, and it was a pleasure to speak with her and have her share her message with us here at EtMM.

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