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Universal Design/Aging in Place

What is Universal Design?

This term refers simply to the design of a building, home, or product that anyone regardless of physical abilities can use. The emphasis of design, remodel, or construction makes the modifications look natural and fit with the home’s style, without looking like a hospital or commercial space.

  •  The design is useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities and accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and abilities.
  •  Use of the design is easy to understand, regardless of the user’s experience, knowledge, language skills, or current concentration level.
  • The design communicates necessary information effectively to the user, regardless of ambient conditions or the user’s sensory abilities.
  • The design minimizes hazards and the adverse consequences of accidental or unintended actions.
  • The design is used to maximize efficiency and comfortability and with a minimum of fatigue.
  • Appropriate size and space provides for approach, reach, manipulation, and use regardless of user’s body size, posture, or mobility.
  • In the case of aging in place, the principles of Universal Design create an accessible home environment, geared towards the safety and comfort of seniors.

What is Aging in Place?

Aging in place is the concept that your home needs to be a place that you, your family, and your visitors can live in comfortably no matter what the physical needs may be now or in the future without your home looking like a hospital or commercial space. 

  • Aging in place solutions include upgrades, remodeling, and convenience features:
  • Consultations and solutions about your growing family's space needs.
  • Consultations and solutions about physical handicaps.
  • Consultations and solutions about seniors that want to stay in their home. 
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