Rhode Island leaders provide help for Seniors to Age in Place

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February 15, 2010 – Sam Brusco is a general contractor and carpenter specializing in residential renovations and additions. His company is Brusco Design & Renovation. As the name would indicate, they design projects on the computer (in 3-D) to show what the results will be before they start anything. This is commonly referred to as “design-build”.

Brusco said, “Our clients know exactly what they will get before we swing a hammer. Very few people can read 2-dimensional plans and envision what a room (or a house) will look like weeks later. The computer allows us or the client to spot design deficiencies before they become a costly mistake. It decreases anxiety and increases customer satisfaction. It makes planning fun for our clients and makes the whole renovation process go smoother.”

Brusco is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS), a Certified Green Professional (CGP), a Certified Active Adult Housing Specialist and a graduate of Bentley University Graduate School. He is also the first Rhode Islander to begin coursework for NAHB’s new Advanced Green Builder/Remodeler designation.
Brusco is a proud member of the RI Chapter of the National Aging in Place Council, the RI Builders Association, the National Association of Home Builders, the NAHB 50+ Council, and the US Green Building Council RI Chapter.

Louise Cadieux of Comfort Keepers has a rich background as a twenty year advocate for the elderly led her to the position of Networking Manager with Comfort Keepers, a premier provider of non-medical in home care for seniors throughout Rhode Island. Comfort Keepers provides interactive care giving that includes companionship, incidental transportation, meal preparation, light housekeeping, laundry, grocery shopping and errands. Another service that the company provides is a Safety Choice personal emergency response system (PERS). This benefits the client and allows them to stay in their home, provides a better quality of life, peace of mind and being prepared for the unexpected.

Louise provides presentations on health, safety and fun topics to senior groups throughout Rhode Island. Louise believes in community involvement and is a board member of the Senior Agenda Coalition of Rhode Island, Secretary of the Osteoporosis Coalition, member of Minority Elder Task Force, and the North Providence Rotary Club.

Also, this year Louise Co-founded and is Co-Chair of the only Rhode Island Chapter of the National Aging in Place Council. Louise said that “it is important to be involved with a trusted group of senior oriented professionals and it is comforting to know that we can then be a good referral source for seniors who require services to continue living in their home”.

The NAIPC is the only forum of its kind for professionals from a wide range of senior oriented industries. The NAIPC can help with the efforts of the Rhode Island Chapter members in establishing a presence in the growing segment of American business and public policy.

The RI Chapter of the NAIPC is the States’ Aging in Place Senior Support Network. Co-Chairs Susan A. Pomfret and Louise Cadieux say that “the network of professionals in this group provide products and services to seniors to help them remain in their homes independently throughout retirement. They are experts in their field and on aging trends.”

For more information about Brusco Design and Renovation, Comfort Keepers or the RI Chapter including scheduled events go to www.NAIPC.org

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