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Aging In Place

Aging in place is defined as the ability to live in
one's own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably,
regardless of age, income, or ability level.

Most adults would prefer to age in place—that is, remain in their home of choice as long as possible. Purposeful Aging In Place (AIP) has grown in popularity and promotes the positive outcomes of older adults having a choice in their care and living arrangements. Livability can be optimized through the incorporation of Universal Design (UD) principles.

Universal Design is the design of products and environments
to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible,
without the need for adaptation or specialized design.

CRD Design Build is well versed in AIP and UD modifications and Denny Conner is a Certified-Aging-in-Place (CAPS) specialist.  Denny’s and CRD’s expertise includes accessible kitchen and bathroom remodeling, accessible home modifications, independent living solutions and home mobility solutions.  We create aesthetically pleasing home renovations/remodels and innovative barrier-free living environments.

Some examples of AIP home modifications you may wish to consider for your home include: increased lighting, accessible switches at both ends of the stairs, additional railings, grab bars, nonskid flooring, a hand-held, flexible shower head, walk-in bathtubs.

Other AIP modifications to the home – especially those that require retrofitting – are a little more costly due to increased complexity of installation. These can include: ramps for accessible entry and exit, walk-in shower, sliding shelves, stair lifts, or even home elevators. Many homes are built or retrofitted with the Universal Design model in mind, which makes everything in the home accessible to all people with or without functional limitations.

By instituting simple Universal Design techniques, our Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists can insure that you live in your home comfortablly, safely and independently for as long as you want.  When it’s time for your remodel consider incorporating UD/AIP principles into your design during the remodel so you can stay in your home for the duration.  The following modifications are easy to incorporate into the remodel of your kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms and main living spaces during the design of your remodel.

  • No-step entry. No one needs to use stairs to get into a universal home or into the home's main rooms.
  • One-story living. Places to eat, use the bathroom and sleep are all located on one level, which is barrier-free.
  • Wide doorways. Doorways that are 32-36 inches wide let wheelchairs pass through. They also make it easy to move big things in and out of the house.
  • Wide hallways. Hallways should be 36-42 inches wide. That way, everyone and everything moves more easily from room to room.
  • Extra floor space. Everyone feel less cramped. And people in wheelchairs have more space to turn.

Some Universal Design features just make good sense. Once you bring them into your home, you'll wonder how you ever lived without them. For example:

  • Floors and bathtubs with non-slip surfaces help everyone stay on their feet. They're not just for people who are frail. The same goes for handrails on steps and grab bars in bathrooms.
  • Thresholds that are flush with the floor make it easy for a wheelchair to get through a doorway. They also keep others from tripping.
  • Good lighting helps people with poor vision. And it helps everyone else see better, too.

Lever door handles and rocker light switches are great for people with poor hand strength. But others like them too. Try using these devices when your arms are full of packages. You'll never go back to knobs or standard switches.

Here are some links you may find helpful as you consider incorporating Aging in Place and Universal Design in your next remodel:      
AIP remodeling checklist 
NAHB AIP Check List

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