Oklahoma State Home Builders Association

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Oklahoman reporter participates in Aging in Place training

 
Posted on December 5, 2014 by By Carol Hartzog Communications

Real Estate editor Richard Mize of  The Oklahoman attended OSHBA's Aging in Place training and wrote a column detailing his experiences after participating in the class:

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My inner fifth-grader can just go sit in the corner, because I've made peace with the bidet.

Until this week, seeing or reading or hearing about a bidet would automatically make me blush and stammer  or, in some types of company (mainly other guys with assertive inner fifth-graders), send me into fits of snickers and smirks.

One extreme or the other: blushing or hitting bottom.

Oklahoman reporter Richard Mize maneuvers a wheelchair during OSHBA's Aging in Place certification training class. PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN/THE OKLAHOMAN
Oklahoman reporter Richard Mize maneuvers a wheelchair
during OSHBA's Aging in Place certification training class.
PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN/THE OKLAHOMAN

You don't know what you don't know or what you've never had to think about. This week, while studying principles of aging-in-place home remodeling, I thought of something that hadn't occurred to either my inner grade-schooler or 50-year-old, able-bodied me:

If you can't reach yourself, a bidet could be a blessing like no other a preserver of dignity.

As someone said: "Independent living means being able to go to the bathroom by yourself." Even an inner smart-aleck punk kid should get that.

I was taking classes offered for the National Association of Home Builders' Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist designation taught by Jack Werner, A to Z Inspections & Training, at (read the entire article at newsok.com)

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