How Universal Design Can Help You ‘Age in Place’

Universal design is a new type of architecture used to create homes that are suitable for all ages. Senior citizens often have to purchase new homes because stairs, narrow hallways, and crowded bathrooms become hazards. Universal design is focused on accessibility and features like waist-level appliances, walk-in showers and bathtubs, integrated ramps or lifts, and limited stairs. Remodeling tends to cost the same amount with or without universal design, and a home with safe accessibility features for the elderly may be more valuable in the real estate market.

Key Takeaways:

  • Outfitting your home with universal design features makes financial sense, as it will increase resale possibilities to elderly Americans.
  • Universal design features include soft-closing drawers and cabinets, standalone showers, automated lighting and a limited number of stairs.
  • Your home can still look modern when universal design features are incorporated without drawing attention to themselves.

“While it’s not considered a one-size-fits-all approach, incorporating elements of universal design can make your home functional no matter what stage of life you’re in.”

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