Universal Design – Aging In Place

Universal Design – Independent Living for Everyone

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“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.” – The Center for Universal Design – NC State University

Perhaps you haven’t given Universal Design, also known as “Inclusive Design” or “Human Centered Design”, much thought up until now. But as the American population ages (you’ve heard it so many times…10,000 Baby Boomers are turning 65 every day), you start to realize that most existing homes are not designed for the aging population or for anyone with physical or mental limitations.

By incorporating simple Universal Design techniques, Sarasota Interior Design Group ensures that you can live in your home comfortably, safely and independently regardless of your age or ability level.

Whether you need to make a few modifications, remodel an existing home or build a new home, we have the specialized knowledge and skill required to design spaces that provide true functionality and accessibility for everyone. Safety, comfort, convenience and A GREAT LOOK – that’s the way Design should be!

Homeowners choose to include Universal Design elements into their homes for any number of reasons:

  • Immediate necessity due to impaired abilities caused by a medical condition, physical or mental disability or advancing age.

  • Preparation for “Aging In Place” for themselves and/or family members. Most people would prefer to stay at home as they age, rather than going to an Assisted Living Facility or moving in with their children or grandchildren.

  •  Desire to live in a home that is accessible to ALL of their guests, regardless of age and abilities.

Here are just a few Design elements included in Universal Design which make “Aging In Place” a reality:

  • Accessible Entryways – Ramps, Handrails, Wheelchair and Walker Friendly Doorways and Thresholds

  • Bathroom Design – Grab Bars, Accessible Showers, Tubs and Vanities, Proper Height Toilets

  • Kitchen Design – Counter Heights and Shelving Convenient for Everyone, Easy Access to Appliances and Cabinetry

  • Slip Resistant Flooring to Prevent Falls

  • Plumbing Fixtures – Faucets with Lever Handles or Control Sensors

  • Electrical Outlets & Switches – Easily Accessible

  • Barrier-Free Environment that is Easy to Navigate

  •  “Whole House” Technology for Controlling Security Systems, Lighting, A/V Equipment, Window Treatments, ETC.

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