Aging in Place with The Lott Group:  A Gift from the Mother of Invention

Aging in Place with The Lott Group: A Gift from the Mother of Invention

In 1519, a man named William Horma coined a phrase that many of us use in conversation still today. Horma, the headmaster of two colleges in England: Winchester, which was founded in 1382 by William of Wykeham, and Eton - educating boys 13 to 18, whose former pupils include 19 Prime Ministers, wrote the words “Mater artium necessitas”, in his book Vulgaria.

In 1545, a similar English version was used (convenient for those of us who don’t read Latin): “Necessitie, the inventor of all goodnesse.” We know it now as an English-language proverb: meaning roughly that the driving force behind all invention is a need. Any need. 

Three years ago, Charlie Lott traveled to Fresno to visit his mother; “she’d fallen, broken a hip, and had some other age-related issues. I wanted to make sure she was getting the care she needed.” Charlie found that his mother wasn’t really able to move around at all, and in fact, was so drugged up she could barely carry on a conversation. “I called my wife and told her I was bringing her home with me”. They took her to a Kaiser and weaned her from most of the medication she was on - finding the real sweet spot between managing her pain, and keeping her alert enough to get her moving again. 

But as quickly as she began achieving mobility, Charlie was realizing that their home was impossibly outfitted to accommodate someone with a walker. A licensed contractor since 1981, Lott found himself fortunately equipped to start taking the necessary steps to modify their house: removing doors from their hinges, installing grab bars in the shower, raising the toilet seat. “I just started guessing at what I thought would help her to get around. We did what was needed when she needed it.” Eventually, Charlie went so far as to install motion-sensor lighting in her bedroom, the hallway, and the bathroom. 

“She lived with us for nearly nine months before the illness and some other issues caught up to her, and it became necessary to place her in board care where they could keep an eye on her 24/7,” he says. “The real defining moment was when I came home and she was standing over the stove, with her robe caught in the burner about to catch flame. She didn’t even know the gas was on.” 

Those nine months were a game-changer for Charlie, who suddenly had a very clear picture of the struggles and frustration that senior family members must face when dealing with mobility and/or cognitive issues. 

“It also made me realize how great it felt to help someone make it through a difficult time,” says Charlie. “And how a few minor changes made a world of difference.” 

With his background in construction and realty, Charlie found he was set in an extremely unique place to make a difference for those struggling as his mother had. Researching what he could do to expand upon his 36 years experience in general contracting, Charlie found that an entire movement towards Aging in Place had already begun. Giving clients a Home Safety Assessment and providing them a written plan based off of their performance including detailed specifications, services and products based on their needs and budget became the final goal: and Charlie began checking boxes off on his list. 

“I went through the CAPS (Certified Aging in Place) training and became a SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist) as well, to really set me apart from other contractors who dabble in Universal Design on the sidelines of their other business.” 

Additional certifications in hand, Charlie partnered up with Jane and Dan Zanini to found The Lott Group, LLC. A company that provides specialty plans for clients currently or potentially experiencing mobility issues who would rather age in place than move into an assisted living facility, the Lott Group determines exactly what products and services will best support their ability to carry out everyday activities safely, efficiently, and with dignity.

In 2000, there were 35 million Americans over the age of 65. By 2030, census estimates project that there will be over 71.5 million. The Lott Group is thrilled that they have found a place from which to help, as the number of seniors continues to increase, and folks face the enormous decision of staying in place or heading into a new chapter away from home. 

“When my mom passed away, I realized that the nine months that she spent with our family were priceless,” says Charlie. “She really was part of the tribe: and a huge addition to all of our activities. Dinners, discussions, time with our grown kids. It really was life-changing. And that’s what I want to bring to the table - this priceless gift of freedom to those from whom it has been taken away.”


DSC 0188To connect with Charlie directly, please call (949) 541-1226. The Lott Group is located at 23811 Aliso Creek Rd., Ste. 181 in Laguna Niguel. BRE #01878857. www.AgingSafeAtHome.com

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