What does "aging-in-place" mean for home design?
DEFINITION OF “AGING-IN-PLACE”
The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention defines “aging-in-place” as “the ability to live in one’s home and community safely, independently, and comfortably regardless of age, income, or ability level.”
“AGING-IN-PLACE” FOR HOME DESIGN
Homes designed for “aging-in-place” should have built-in features that prevent the need for expensive home modifications that often force seniors to relocate, such as at least one zero-step entry, wider doors (32” minimum clear width), and 60” diameter wheelchair turning space in the living area, kitchen, a bedroom, and a bathroom, and blocking for future grab bars. They might also include a suite for a future caretaker or a separate apartment for rental income.
There are many other features that enhance the safety and affordability to consider including when building a home, such as levered door hardware, ample lighting, low maintenance finishes, varied height counters, and knee clearance (or removable base cabinets). See our Aging-In-Place Checklist for more suggestions.
HOW ARE NEXT HOME PLANS DESIGNED FOR "AGING-IN-PLACE"?
Click here to read about the features that we incorporate into our home plans. Also, check out our Aging-In-Place Checklist for more suggestions you may want to incorporate as you finalize your fixture and finish selections with your builder.
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