hi everyone just wanted to share this article from my CRS newsletter
thought you would enjoy it , CRS is Council of Residential Specialist. I have a CRS designation. You have to have extra training for this designation.
here is the article from the lastes issue oc October 2012 CRS your home newsletter.
As more homeowners choose to live in their homes longer as they age, many of them are improving their space with universal design features to help them live more comfortably. Before making any improvements, the National Aging in Place Council outlines the most common universal design modifications. Are the entryways accessible? Adding a ramp or constructing no-step entries can help those confined to a wheelchair or who have trouble climbing stairs. Open floor plans and wider hallways make everyone feel less cramped and allow people to move around easily. Wider doorways provide easier access to other parts of the home and enable people to move large items in and out of the house. To improve safety in bathrooms, install grab bars and elevated toilets. Make sure there’s enough turnaround space for someone in a wheelchair, and consider lowering the bathroom sink and adding a roll-in shower with multiple showerheads. A non-slip floor and shower surface will help everyone stay on their feet. In the master bedroom, consider reconfiguring an existing walk-in closet or building a new one with storage at different heights. In the kitchen, lower cooking surfaces and countertops built at varying heights will appeal to home cooks who have difficulty bending over or have height limitations. Wall ovens and microwaves should be mounted at reachable heights, and storage and shelf space should be abundant and accessible. Well-placed skylights and ceiling lights will aid those with
poor vision and make the home more personable and safe.
Installing rocker switches and door lever
handles can aid people with poor hand
strength as well as those carrying
groceries into the house. A universally-designed home
provides smart solutions for everyday
living that everyone can enjoy.