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Universal Design Can Make Life Easier for Aging Adults & Families

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on July 25, 2012 at 10:40 AM

kitchen universal designDesigned to accommodate the needs of its wheelchair-bound owner, a unique home in Gahanna, Ohio, has emerged as a cutting-edge example of accessibility and universal design. Both private home and public showcase, the Universal Design Living Laboratory is packed with amazing features that may have originated as solutions to accessibility issues, but have found wide universal appeal within the general population.

The following list of key features in the Universal Design home provides a template for home design that can accommodate the changing needs of residents as they move through life’'s changing phases. The list can also serve as a home renovation aid for people who would like to age in place and continue to live independently in their current homes.

  • Lower light switches and higher electrical outlets require less bending and stooping and are easy to reach from a wheelchair
  • Sill-less exterior doors eliminate trip hazards and remove access barriers to people with wheelchairs, scooters and walkers, permitting access to patios, porches, decks, backyards, and garages
  • Lower kitchen countertops permit wheelchair access. Knee-hole cutouts at work stations allow wheelchair users to prepare meals and perform kitchen tasks comfortably; multi-level and adjustable countertops can be installed to accommodate the needs of all family members
  • Shallow cupboards and 4-inch deep pantry shelves permit universal access by people with and without mobility issues

Kendal at Home offers people who desire the freedom and independence of living in their own home the security and support of a continuing care retirement community. Contact us to find out more. 

Photo: Oakwood Custom Homes
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Topics: Kendal at Home, aging at home, Senior Independence, long-term care, Universal Design Living Laboratory

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