Are you familiar with “Universal Design”?

April 25th, 2012 No Comments

Practically everyone wants to “age-in-place”–stay in their own home as they grow older. Universal design allows people to live in a home that everyone–regardless of their age or physical abilities–can live in safe and comfortably. Universal Design features items in a home are not only attractive but are also practical in assisting all residents, not just those who need elder care NJ, within the home.

Examples of Essentials in Universal Design:

  • Entries with no steps: This allows walkers, wheelchairs, and those with arthritic knees to enter with ease.
  • Single floor living space: Bedroom, kitchen and full bathroom on the first floor.
  • Wide doorways and hallways: Doors should be at least 36″ wide, allowing large furniture, appliances, and wheelchairs/walkers through. Hallways should be 42″ wide.
  • Light switches and controls within reach: Switches should be between 42-48″ off the floor so that anyone can reach them. Electrical outlets should be 18-24″ off the floor.
  • Easy switches and handles: Rocker light switches, lever faucets, and lever door handles are easier to use.

Other design features:

  • Raised washers, dryers and dishwashers
  • Shower stalls with built-in benches
  • Raised toilets
  • Multi-level kitchen countertops
  • Easy-to-open windows
  • Slip-proof showers, tubs, and floors
  • Side-by-side refrigerator/freezers

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