Buzz Publisher’s Senior-Friendly Home Upgrades Featured in L.A. Times

Anne and Rocci Lombard, in a photo from today’s LA Times story.

When the Buzz’s co-publisher Patty Lombard’s parents, Anne and Rocci Lombard, came to live with her at her Fremont Place home a few years ago, her family began an extensive renovation to make their space more accessible and easier to navigate for elderly adults.  The results were so successful, they’re featured today in a story in the Los Angeles Times.

“I tell Dad that the changes weren’t just for him and Mom,” Patty told the Times.  “This whole process has really opened our eyes and made us realize that accessibility helps everybody. Having my parents here has been great.”

The property re-design, which included remodeling an old chauffeur’s quarters, turning a poolside lanai into a new outdoor kitchen, and creating gardening spaces that can be accessed without bending over, has brought new energy to the family’s whole property.

You can read the full story (which includes nearly 20 photos of the redefined spaces)  at

Another photo from the Times story, featuring the new outdoor kitchen
Finally, although not mentioned in the Times story, Lombard’s recent yard and garden upgrades are also drought-tolerant and have been featured on several recent local garden tours.
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About Elizabeth Fuller

Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - first in the Sycamore Square neighborhood, and since 2012 in West Adams Heights/Sugar Hill. She was long-time board member of the Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association, currently serves on the board of the West Adams Heights/Sugar Hill Neighborhood Association, spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and is the co-owner/publisher of the Buzz.

One thought on “Buzz Publisher’s Senior-Friendly Home Upgrades Featured in L.A. Times

  1. Moving parents out of their own home and to a new home 3,000 miles away takes a huge emotional toll on everyone. Yet the Lombard’s and the Simon’s did it with incredible patience and grace. Bravo! Anne and Rocci are adorable!

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