One out of every seven people has a disability, as reported by the World Health Organization. As of 2009, about 39.6 million Americans fell into the 65+ age range—a number that the Administration on Aging expects to grow to 72.1 million persons by 2030. Building or remodeling your home following the principles of Universal Design (U.D.)—a multi-generational, multi-ability approach to designing interior spaces—ensures your home will be welcoming to all for years to come. The intent of Universal Design is to accommodate people of various ages, sizes, and abilities, by following seven core design principles. The seven core U.D. principles are: equitable use, flexibility in use, simple and intuitive, perceptible information, tolerance for error, low physical effort, and size and space for approach and use.
Aging in Place allows active older adults to maintain a lifestyle to which they’re accustomed in their own homes. Products such as non-slip bathtubs and showers, bright lighting, and hands-free faucets increase usability without cramping one’s style. Aging in Place is divided into three main categories: persons who do not have immediate needs, persons who have progressive condition-based needs, and persons with traumatic change needs.
This group is composed of individuals who do not require immediate modifications but prefer the aesthetics and function of Universal Design. They may opt for universally-appealing home modifications, such as wider entrances, non-slip flooring and easy-access kitchen cabinets.
This group is composed of individuals who may not require immediate changes, but will eventually require special modifications for progressive or chronic conditions. They may opt for wall reinforcement for possible installation of future grab bars, enhanced lighting for progressive visual conditions and multi-level kitchen counter surfaces.
This group is composed of individuals who have experienced a traumatic change and require immediate modifications. They may opt for grab bars, wall-mounted sinks, and barrier-free showers.
ADA-compliant products follow a set of regulations specified by the Americans with Disabilities Act. These supplies allow persons facing physical challenges to live independently and comfortably. An ADA-compliant product is usually marked with an ADA logo or symbol. Possible home modifications include grab bars for the bathroom, kitchen counters of various heights, and handheld showerheads.
Today’s accessible bathrooms are safe and beautiful thanks to the diverse finishes and styles available to the modern consumer. Design ideas to build a stylish accessible bathroom include:
Built-in wooden shower benches that fold up easily when not in use
The modern accessible kitchen includes organizational aides and multi-level kitchen surfaces for safety, convenience and style. Design ideas to build a stylish accessible kitchen include:
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