Have you ever heard the phrase Universal Design? If you haven’t, chances are you will soon. The U.S. population is aging – every day 10,000 people turn 65 – and with that come some very real concerns about accommodations that are required to help seniors live in the community. One of the greatest challenges is making homes accessible and that’s where the phrase Universal Design comes in. The Wikipedia definition of Universal Design “refers to broad-spectrum ideas meant to produce buildings, products and environments that are inherently accessible to older people, people without disabilities, and people with disabilities.”
What I like about this definition is that it clearly states Universal Design is beneficial for everyone, regardless of age or ability. But, without question, making modifications to a home that someone has spent generations in, thereby allowing them to “age-in-place,” is extremely important.
Here are some items to consider when modifying a home to be accessible to everyone:
Install grab bars
GFCI/Duplex Guide Light