A passion project for the purpose of developing multigenerational and aging-in-place environments, the Werner House offers a compelling look into just what can be accomplished by combining design and technology in the home. Now, a documentary that has just been released on Amazon streaming services looks to chronicle the house’s amazing transformation at the hands of senior living expert Lisa M. Cini.
Cini is regarded as the leading Alzheimer’s and senior living design expert in the nation, demonstrating how the best products from around the world are designed to increase freedom and quality of life. The six-part documentary, titled Infinite Living Secrets of The Werner House, follows the conversion of the 108-year-old Woodland Manor Mansion in Columbus, Ohio over the course of 18-months.
From the project’s inception to the house’s history, all the way down to the discoveries, challenges and eventual triumph, the documentary explores how human-centric technology and inclusive design can create effective households for multigenerational and aging-in-place occupants. Each chapter of the documentary unfolds a different stage of the renovation process concluding in an exploration of Cini’s own past and what led her to create the home.
“I’m so proud to have this incredible documentation of my journey while creating the Werner House,” says Cini. “It perfectly illustrates the love and passion that went into it, and I’m humbled by the commitment and support from my fellow industry thought leaders, colleagues, and vendors whom all believed in the vision and joined me along the way to make this project a reality.”
The Werner House Provides a Window into What is Possible for Inclusive Design
The Werner House itself is meant to offer a glimpse into the future of aging-in-place environments, with Lisa even having opened the house up to the world through Airbnb. The goal of each stay is to let guests explore all the latest tech-enabled products and accessible furnishings designed for seniors and made by some of the country’s most recognized manufacturers in both design and technology industries.
Products include Pottery Barn, Shaw, JACLO, William Sonoma, Pressalit, Samuelson, Cambria, Brondell and more come together to create unique spaces focused on providing an independent living environment in comfortable residential trappings. There are height-adjustable surfaces and fixtures, circadian lighting throughout the building and even smart flooring, to name a few of the innovations meant to ensure the health, safety and comfort of occupants.
Ultimately the goal of the house, Cini states, is to help people make more informed decisions about technology that can enable independent living, promote safety, security, and mobility, moving them from fear to freedom.
“My mission was to merge the very best design with the most innovative technology for aging in place and senior living all in one elegant residence. The mansion provides a living example demonstrating how the latest tech and accessible design can help eliminate fear and allow aging adults to operate independently while staying connected and remaining purposeful, so they can continue to live their best lives,” adds Cini.
“All generations now have the opportunity to enjoy a short-term vacation stay to experience the latest technology and determine what they might want to incorporate into their own homes.”
For more information about The Werner House please visit www.infinite-living.org.