Dozens of middle school students formed teams to compete in a challenge to design the perfect village for the elderly. Finalists will head to Washington D.C. For the Future City Competition in February and try for one of the scholarship prizes and the trip to NASA’s Space Camp.


Caregiver in Draper UT: Dream Village for Seniors

Caregiver in Draper UT: Dream Village for Seniors


The annual competition had students thinking about how the changing needs of a senior citizen impact what the “future city” should entail. Their ideas are amazing.


What Children See as Important for Aging Seniors

One of the villages designed for the elderly included a child care center where seniors could interact with children. Another had the idea of including sidewalks with a fast lane and slow lane to keep seniors with mobility issues from feeling that they are moving too slow for others.  Also, one group created medical centers with underwater rooms for seniors feeling stressed before or after a medical treatment or surgery to go watch fish.

However, some of the students liked the idea of a village where teens could move in with a senior as a transitional step between leaving home. While others liked having homes where walls had built-in sensors to move out of a senior’s way as they enter a room. Instead of stairs, homes and buildings were designed with ramps that eliminated the need to climb.

Furthermore, one thing that students brought up was that homes should be cheerful with bright colors. They figured with cheerful colors, seniors would be uplifted and happier.


What Do Your Parents Need Right Now?

All of those are great ideas, but they could be decades from becoming a reality. For now, your mom and dad’s needs are easily met with home care services and plenty of social activities.

Some of the home care services your parents may find help them live independently are transportation services, help with laundry and housework, and companionship. When they reach a point that cooking meals are becoming a challenge, caregivers can help them shop and cook meals for them.


If something happens, care needs will increase.

Should your mom fall and break her hip, she’ll need someone to help her in and out of bed and the shower. Certainly, if your dad has a stroke, he’ll need help with grooming, meals, and transfers. Dementia can lead to a full range of home care and respite care services throughout the day and, possibly, the night.

That’s just a start to the many services caregivers offer to help aging adults stay in their home. Why has your parent move to an unfamiliar location? With home care, they can live in the home that is filled with memories. Call a home care agency to get started.


Are you or a loved one considering a Caregiver in Draper, UT? Please talk to the friendly staff at December Rose Senior Care at Home. Providing Home Care in Highland, Utah and Surrounding Communities.
801-427-ROSE (7673)

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Alan and Stephanie Jones, Owners

December Rose Senior Care is a local in-home care agency owned and operated by Alan and Stephanie Jones in Highland, Utah. While both Alan and Stephanie bring professional and practical experience to their business, it has been the fulfilling and educational aspects of assisting their parents through the aging process as well as raising their five children that encouraged them to start a personal care agency. In particular it was the humbling experience of caring for a special needs son and moving a parent from in-home care to assisted living that helped them realize there are many families who are caring for loved ones that need help. Their desire is to combine these experiences with over twenty years of medical sales and marketing, eleven years working with senior and elder populations among our Veterans and Native Americans, serving on multiple school boards and local legislative roles, to develop in-home care that exceeds expectations and honors seniors as the foundation of this country.
In their spare time, Alan and Stephanie are all about family and enjoy So. California beach vacations, watching their children’s sporting events, reading, participating in church and community activities, watching favorite shows together, participating in Boy Scouts, running and yoga.

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