It requires a certain level of expertise to design an accessible, comfortable, and safe home for seniors to age in place and be able to live independently for as long as they can. Below is a design checklist to help guide you and your designer/carpenter in the right direction.
Overall rules to follow when designing your space for accessibility and safety. These rules apply to any room.
Bathrooms are where the most falls and injuries happen. Ceramic flooring and bath appliances are slippery and cause 235,000 nonfatal injuries in the US each year.
Kitchens need to be easy to use. Keep in mind that you or your loved one may not be able to reach higher up cabinets and may have a hard time maneuvering around appliances that are not properly positioned.
Getting in and out of bed and getting dressed can be a challenge for those who have a disability or for those with hip or back problems. Consider these factors when you design your bedroom.
Laundry rooms can be cramped and difficult to use to begin with, so be sure not to forget about it when you’re designing a more accessible home!