As a health care executive with over 40 years of experience, Dr. Jill Bjerke has always had a passion for helping people in whatever way she can. That was the purpose behind founding her business, Home Transition Solutions Group, LLC. in 2005. She is a health care executive, physician, international author, and aging in place keynote speaker, expert, and consultant. She created her company to help people with the myriad of details and stresses that come with transitioning from the home they have lived in so long to a smaller residence. Home Transition Solutions has provided one-on-one support and guidance in successfully navigating this often overwhelming experience. But so many clients expressed a desire to remain in their homes as they aged that she became a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) in 2011 and is now a nationally-recognized expert in this field.
As a CAPS, Dr. Bjerke’s focus became finding ways to create a safe and secure environment for those who wanted to remain in their homes as they grew older, but needed to make changes to do so. In 2009 she created a checklist that she used with clients in garnering background health, financial and other issues related to aging in place decisions. As this checklist became more detailed and sophisticated, it made sense to turn it into a mobile application, Silver Spaces released in 2015, that everyone could use, whether they are the homeowner, family, caregiver or a professional who works with seniors. Since 2009 when the app creation began, she has received contributions and reviews of it by occupational and physical therapists, orthopedic surgeons, kitchen/bath designers, remodeling/construction contractors, aging research specialists and a whole host of professionals willing to share their expertise and knowledge in designing a user-friendly, comprehensive aging-in-place mobile app. The app was used internationally and has drawn the attention of professionals who care for and about the world’s aging population.
2019 she and Adam Sears partnered to create a new company, Home Without Age, LLC, to extensively expand, modify, and transform the Silver Spaces home assessment, turning it into an unparalleled cloud-based home inspection that will guide users in creating a universally livable home. She continues to explore new ideas and methods that can continually be incorporated into the exploration and planning that we all need to do to remain in the homes we love as we grow older.