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HBADE Changing of the Guard Elections

At our annual membership meeting last week, the slate of 2014 Directors was unanimously approved.  Then, the nominated slate of Officers were unanimously voted and approved for 2014.  This 2014 Board of Directors will be sworn in at our Leadership and Legacy Ball December 7th.

It is a time for hellos, and good-byes, sort of. First the hellos.  The 2014 Board of Directors:

Officers

President – Kevin Whittaker, Whittaker Builders

Senior Vice President – Scott Bradley, Bestfield Homes

Associate Vice President – Debra Young, EmpowerAbility, LLC

New Castle County Vice President – Matt Egan, Cornell Homes

Sussex County Vice President – Mark Fitzgerald, Schell Brothers

Kent County Vice President – Jon Long, LC Homes

Treasurer – Jeff Haggerty, Grubb Lumber

Secretary – Richard Forsten, Saul Ewing

Immediate Past President – Fred Fortunato, Benchmark Builders

Directors – Builders

Mick Kenney – McKee Builders

Mary Field – Regal Builders

Debra Finocchiaro – Leon N. Weiner & Associates

James Stevenson – OneCall Services

Bob Taylor – JS Homes

Bob Thornton – Silverstock Builders

Directors – Associates

John Johnson – Karins and Associates Engineering

John Ford – Re/Max Associates

Scott Wilcox – Whiteford Taylor Preston

John Gormley – PRO-Build

Mike Riemann – Becker Morgan Group, Inc.

Jim Wright – Artisans’ Bank

John Tracey – Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylors

TO THOSE THAT WE SAY “GOOD-BYE” – SORT OF:

Mark Grahne, Atlantic Homes.  Mark comes off the Board having served as our 2012-2103 Immediate Past President.  Mark has served the HBADE well for many years, and was elected an HBADE Life Director at our last Board meeting,  This reflects his years of service not only on the Board but as an Officer and volunteer at numerous HBADE events.  Life Directors are welcome to attend future Board meeting at their schedule permits, and Mark has agreed to continue to help shape the activities of our Hammer and Nails Club PAC

Jim McCulley, Watershed ECO.  Jim was elected an HBADE Life Director in 2012 in recognition for his years of service most notably helping us sort thru and understand local and national complex environmental issues.  Jim stepped aside to allow others to serve as Associate Vice President but he will continue to be active with the Associates Council and helping us with the various issues we face.

Rick Banning, MBM Construction.  Rick has been a Board member for several years, and recently decided to relocate his family and his business to South Carolina.  Since his transition to the warmer climate will take place over several months, we hope to see Rick at our events at least in the short term.  Rick served as our Sussex County Vice President and was helpful in numerous activities including our meetings with Sussex County on the new IRC building code, and recent legislation related to building plan requirements.

Happy Thanksgiving Reminder HBADE Office Closed

Dear members and readers:

In the approaching holiday season, we here at HBADE pause to take a couple days enjoying the holiday season in company with family and friends.  Our office will be closed November 28 and 29, and we will reopen Monday December 2nd.

Best wishes to you for the Thanksgiving holiday, and safe journeys to you and yours if traveling.

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Delaware Today Magazine’s Women In Business Honorees

Wilmington, DEDelaware Today’s 2013 Women In Business honorees will be announced in the December issue of Delaware Today magazine, on newsstands November 28.

 

The December issue of the magazine includes a substantive editorial feature recognizing the accomplishments of 33 professionals from across the state of Delaware. Delaware Today editors chose these women for their proven success and their remarkable strides in business, nonprofit and academic fields.

 

“We feel a great deal of pride when we produce the annual Women in Business feature,” says Dr. Maria Hess, editor-in-chief of Delaware Today. “Our goal is to introduce our readers to outstanding leaders whojust happen to be women. And each of the 33 individuals that we’ll feature has a great story to tell.”

 

Delaware Today will honor the women cited in the December issue at both an upstate and downstate luncheon. This year’s Women in Business upstate luncheon will be held on Tuesday, December 3, at the ChaseCenter on the Riverfront, and the downstate luncheon will be held on Thursday, December 5, at Bear Trap Dunes.

 

Inspirational keynote speakers highlight these events. NBC10 anchor Tracy Davidson will emcee the upstate event, which also will feature Dr. Janice E. Nevin, the chief medical officer of Christina Care Health System. The downstate keynote speaker will be Deborah Brenner, the author and founder of Women of the Vine.

 

The luncheons will also provide guests with the opportunity to network, connect, share ideas and enjoy camaraderie with women statewide.

 

For more information about the event or the Women in Business honorees, visit DelawareToday.com.

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Early Pricing for NAHB International Builders’ Show Ends December 20!

The 2014 NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS), the building industry’s biggest event, will be happening February 4-6 in Las Vegas and this year IBS will have MORE of everything!

IBS is co-locating with NKBA’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) to present the first annual Design & Construction Week™.

This new mega-event will feature over 1,500 exhibitors and more than 600,000 square feet of exhibits. Your IBS registration will give you access to the exhibits of IBS and KBIS as well as a third show, the International Window Coverings Expo. Also new this year there will be a demonstration stage right on the show floor!

There is ONE MONTH LEFT to take advantage of early pricing! Good through December 20 ONLY, an expo pass starts at just $50 for NAHB members.

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One Month Left for IBS Early Bird Pricing!

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Early Pricing for NAHB International Builders’ Show Ends December 20!

The 2014 NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS), the building industry’s biggest event, will be happening February 4-6 in Las Vegas and this year IBS will have MORE of everything!

IBS is co-locating with NKBA’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) to present the first annual Design & Construction Week™.

This new mega-event will feature over 1,500 exhibitors and more than 600,000 square feet of exhibits. Your IBS registration will give you access to the exhibits of IBS and KBIS as well as a third show, the International Window Coverings Expo. Also new this year there will be a demonstration stage right on the show floor!

There is ONE MONTH LEFT to take advantage of early pricing! Good through December 20 ONLY, an expo pass starts at just $50 for NAHB members.

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Collaboration for Successful Aging-in-Place Outcomes

Collaboration for Successful Aging-in-Place Outcomes

By Debra Young, MEd, OTR/L, SCEM, ATP, CAPS  

Research shows that there are more than 124 million homes in the housing stock with a median age of 36 years. Although, America’s aging population is living longer, increasingly poor health and chronic conditions often limit the ability to participate in and complete activities.

As such, it is no surprise that there is sustained  interest in the CAPS designation and that aging in place home modification is the fastest growing segment of the residential remodeling industry.

Home modification is very much a team process, in which each player on the home modification team provides valuable information on the client’s behalf. Increasing our knowledge of each player’s role is integral to successful home modifications.

Occupational therapists bring a unique perspective in addressing the needs of older adults who wish to continue to live at home. Collaboration between CAPS occupational therapists and CAPS remodelers provides a marriage of the medical and building industries for the benefit of home accessibility.

What is the value of having an occupational therapist on my home modification team?

By using a science-driven, evidence-based background, occupational therapists are able to assess how a person may function in their home and participate in daily living activities. Our education affords us a holistic understanding of how an individual’s  environment impacts their participation in meaningful activities and life roles.

This is what occupational therapists call the person-environment fit.

Occupational therapists also bring knowledge of products, both assistive and mainstream, including their usability and the ability to feature-match those products to meet a client’s current and potential long-term needs.

This feature-matching comes from an evaluation of a client’s physical, sensory and cognitive abilities and the subsequent interaction with a particular piece of equipment, within a space.  Having knowledge of the spectrum of equipment, devices and technology on the market is important; having knowledge of how your client will use that equipment within the modified space is key.

Providing recommendations from an occupational therapist not only integrates current and long-term client needs, it also limits liability for the remodeler as well as maximizes the client’s safety.

Creating rapport with the homeowner is paramount in any home modification project.

Part of the preliminary discussions with a homeowner may include delicate topics such as toileting and bathing.  Occupational therapists, as medical professionals, bring a level of comfort to homeowners when talking about intimate details regarding their daily living skill abilities.

It is this sense of comfort and trust, along with the completion of the occupational therapy evaluation, that translates into home modification recommendations that help to meet a client’s current and long-term needs, while maintaining privacy and dignity throughout the project process.

How do I locate an OT?  How do I know she/he is right for my project?

When attempting to determine if an occupational therapist is right for your project, it is important to consider the same criteria you would for any other professional consultant you might engage for collaborative work.

We recognize that there are practitioners with different levels of expertise. All occupational therapists have a baseline knowledge of environmental modifications from their educational background, however, not all therapists specialize in environmental modifications or assistive technology for home modifications.

It is recommended to contact the therapist to build rapport and learn more about their background knowledge and experiences with regard to home modifications.   For instance you might ask:

  • How many years of experience do you have in the field of occupational therapy?
  • In what settings have you worked?
  • Have you worked collaboratively with building professionals?
  • What experiences have you had with home modification projects and what kind of recommendations have you made for previous projects?
  • Have your recommendations leaned toward the more basic environmental modifications such as basic adaptive devices, or have you had experience with more complex environmental modifications such as a complete remodel of a space in the home and/or providing recommendations for more specialized equipment that may be needed?
  • Do you have any relevant certifications (i.e.: NAHB CAPS, AOTA Specialty Certification in Environmental Modifications, etc.) and/or professional development? (Some therapists may have completed courses and additional education to advance their knowledge in construction and design/build, accessible building guidelines, universal design, and architectural plan review to support their work within the environmental modifications specialty area of occupational therapy practice.)

Occupational therapists work in a variety of service delivery settings such as inpatient rehabilitation, home health and private practice.  Each of these settings may have a different level of service that can be provided with regard to home/environmental modifications.

For example, a hospital inpatient occupational therapist may complete a report with recommendations for adaptive equipment and home modifications, however, may not be able to follow up with the remodeler once the client is discharged from the hospital.

This is a situation that may require another occupational therapist, perhaps one that works in private practice, to take the reins and continue the work within the home environment. The new therapist would then collaborate with the homeowner and the remodeler on the report recommendations, ensure that training is completed with the client within the home environment, make additional recommendations as appropriate and be available from start to finish for a project.

The key is to make that initial connection with the occupational therapist early on in any project.

The occupational therapist can provide guidance regarding the scope of services that she/he would be able to offer for your project.

OT and remodeler collaborations come in different packages. The spectrum runs the gamut of being a source of referrals to a complete partnership.

In some cases it is the home owner who is independently contacting the occupational therapist requesting home modification services.  That homeowner may or may not have a remodeler on the team.

This is a potential referral source for CAPS remodelers.  On the flip side, the home owner may have already contacted the remodeler, and not the occupational therapist.  This is an opportunity for the remodeler to either reach out to the therapist and/or discuss with the home owner the value of having an occupational therapist on the home modifications team.

In more developed collaborations, the remodeler and occupational therapist may already have a working relationship. Although they remain as separate entities, continue to collaborate on home modification projects to maximize the outcome for the home owner.

A twist on this scenario is the occupational therapist working as a subcontractor for the remodeler versus as an independent, separate entity.  One step further brings us to collaboration as a full partnership, whereby the occupational therapist may work for the remodeler’s company and/or they have created a mutual company specific to meeting the needs of aging in place home modifications.

Whatever the collaboration, it all starts with getting to know one another.  One place to start searching for an occupational therapist and create that dialogue is the NAHB CAPS directory.

Currently there are 193 self-identified occupational therapy practitioners with CAPS designations.  Locate and contact one, or a few, that may be in your local, state or regional area and begin to create a dialogue.

Another resource is the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).  You can contact the AOTA home modifications liaison, Karen Smith, at ksmith@aota.org for information regarding professionals within your area.

Debra Young, M.Ed., OTR/L, SCEM, ATP, CAPS is the owner of EmpowerAbility® LLC in Newark, Delaware, specializing in space planning and design for inclusive housing and communities.  Her background in occupational therapy affords her the unique knowledge of the person-environment fit.  She can be contacted at dyoung@empowerability.com.

Happy Thanksgiving

Dear members and readers:

In the approaching holiday season, we here at HBADE pause to take a couple days enjoying the holiday season in company with family and friends.  Thus our office will be closed November 28 and 29, and we will reopen Monday December 2nd.

Best wishes to you for the Thanksgiving holiday.

t giving

DSHA Builder – Realtor – Lender Seminar

HBADE was proud to help DSHA put on a breakfast seminar yesterday in Wilmington, to help educate homebuilders, realtors and lenders about their widened product menu to promote and encourage homebuying and homeownership in Delaware.  The secret is that they’re not just for first time buyers anymore and they are available in the entire State.

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DSHA has a variety of programs for mortgages, down payment programs and homebuyer tax credits.  Homebuilders should check this out to see how they can help you sell more new homes.  If you weren’t able to attend check out their website at http://www.DeStatehousing.com.  They will even come to your builder or realtor sales meeting and present to your staff.

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Affordable Care Act – General Membership Meeting 11/21/13

Final Notice.

Are you as confused about all the new rules, regulations, requirements of health insurance as we are?

Our next General Membership dinner meeting will focus on the Affordable Care Act and the solutions to it from our Benefits Connection insurance program.  John Allen of Allen Insurance will break it all down for us.The meeting will be November 21, 2013 at Noble’s Pond Clubhouse in Dover starting at 5:30pm..

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Reminder: DNREC Public Hearing New Regulations for Septic Systems

DNREC has scheduled a public hearing for November 21, 2013, beginning at 6:00 pm in the DNREC’s R & R Building’s auditorium located at 89 Kings Highway, Dover, Delaware.  DNREC has made numerous revisions to the Regulations Governing the Design, Installation and Operation of On-Site Wastewater Treatment and Disposal Systems in order to thoroughly address comments and concerns received to date.  The final draft regulations are uploaded and available on the DNREC web-site for your review.

When you visit the web-site (link below) you will find the final draft version (Draft Clean Version of the Amended Regulations (October 24, 2013)) showing what the final document wording is with all the changes having been incorporated.  A final version of the draft Exhibits (Wastewater Regulation Exhibits (October 24, 2013)) are located on the web-site also near the bottom of the list (alphabetical order).

If you build on lots with septic systems you should take a close look at these.

http://www.wr.dnrec.delaware.gov/Information/GWDInfo/Pages/GWDS%20Design%20Install%20Operate%20Info%20For%20Proposed%20Wastewater%20Treatment%20Regulations.aspx

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