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  •  I think that the folks in NOLA... (3+ / 0-)
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    ...sorta "voted with their feet" on the float-house idea maybe 80-100 years ago.

    Meaning... people in NOLA have been building raised houses - alot of them - for a long time. Some people live on houseboats, it's always been an option here. But the numbers have always been so small a proportion that it seems difficult to get traction for the idea.

    A real, more-or-less normal looking house that floats - seems like it would be more expensive and tricky to accomplish than simply raising the house.

    Cheers to Rose, may she stay happy and healthy and well attended by family like yourself, and cheers to you...

    •  More expensive, likely... (2+ / 0-)
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      But also more livable, I suspect.

      I've seen some of those houses that look like they're sixteen feet or so off the ground.

      Not something that my knees would welcome first thing in the morning....

      That "hopey-changey thing"? Takes a Magic Hawaiian to pull it off...

      by BobTrips on Mon May 10, 2010 at 09:38:14 PM PDT

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      •  My mother's is about 15 ft up... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...she makes the climb daily at 80. She basically refuses to leave her house. Folks get like that, I'm guessing that you might have some experience with that sorta thing.

        •  Knees go... (2+ / 0-)
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          Hips go.

          Balance fades....

          I'm only mid-60s and in pretty good shape, considering.  I'm building my own house and have been cleaning extra fuel out of a few acres of forest.  

          But when I get up in the morning and head downstairs I have to do it one step at a time.  My knees just don't want to bend that much until I'm warmed up.  And I hang on the stair rail almost all the time because I know it now takes my body longer to heal than it did even ten years ago.

          I've got a good friend, ex-Marine, who spends two hours every morning working out.  He's 75 now and while he's in better shape than most 40 year-olds that I know, he's slowing.  

          TV basically destroyed many of our neighborhoods. Air conditioning assisted.  People used to sit out on their front porch or in their yards.  They'd go for walks and chat with each other.  

          I wonder if stilt houses might not add to the isolation.

          (Funny that I'm the one wondering.  My closest neighbor is over a mile away and no one has ever walked past my house....  ;o)

          That "hopey-changey thing"? Takes a Magic Hawaiian to pull it off...

          by BobTrips on Mon May 10, 2010 at 10:26:32 PM PDT

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          •  My sis and I would like our mama... (2+ / 0-)
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            ...in some place more in keeping with what we think are her abilities. Nonetheless, she's gonna make up her own mind about that. I'm guessing you might know something about that kinda issue.

            Cheers.

            •  Sure... (2+ / 0-)
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              It's hard letting go of what one used to be able to do.

              If it kind of sneaks up on you it can mostly be ignored.  You can pretend that it isn't all that different from before.

              But the abrupt stuff, moving to a more "oldster-friendly" home, a retirement home, a nursing home - those are landmarks that one has to acknowledge.  You can't just say "Well, I'm just not having a good day, but tomorrow will be better" when you get packed and moved to a new place simply because your body requires it.

              Let me advocate for her.  If she's happy where she is, then make your first efforts along the lines of making that place work for her.  

              Install handrails, grab bars, non-skid mats, whatever helps her get around safely and without assistance.  Get her tools to make it easy to open jars.  Get her a flashing "doorbell" if her hearing is failing.  Even if she doesn't need them now stick a cane and a walker in a closet.  (She might enjoy using them when no one is looking.)

              Talk to a physical therapist or aging center, google, find ways to adapt her house to her ability.

              If you have to hire a "youngster" of 60-something to come by once a day and take her for a walk, try to find a few bucks to pay for it.

              If you can, let her tell you when it's time to move.

              You might make a deal with her.  If she will go with you once or twice to look at places where you think she would be better off then you agree to not bring up the "moving" subject.  Leave it up to her to say when.  

              And she might never tell you that it's time.  Me, I'd rather kick off where I am right now, even a few years early, than live in a building with a lot of other old people.  

              Her life.  Let her live it....

              That "hopey-changey thing"? Takes a Magic Hawaiian to pull it off...

              by BobTrips on Mon May 10, 2010 at 10:47:20 PM PDT

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              •  You're preaching to the choir, my frien'... (2+ / 0-)
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                koNko, BobTrips

                Her house is well equipped with the necessities - my father had a stroke and a fair number of deficits that required accommodations. My father passed soon after Katrina.

                Mama's had home health, PT, OT at the house when she's needed it. And folks to check in on her. She's shopped the options re: alternative living arrangements and the resources are available to make that happen in fine style, when and if she's ready.

                She doesn't want to leave her house. Ain't no one gon' make her, ain't no one trying.

                And sis and I know what that means.

                And we accept it.

                Cheers.

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