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education as framework for individualized design. “The

National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) identifies

minimum width requirements for hallways, doorways

and walkways intended for Aging in Place allowing for

wheelchairs or other mobility options. Rather than simply

satisfying these requirements; I take a lifestyle into great

consideration and use the NAHB specifications as a

guideline. You should always design for the continued

enjoyment of everyday living. Your home should be

functional, assessable and most importantly comfortable!”

Shifting outside, Certified Aging in Place design is

about minimizing maintenance while increasing ease of

accessibility. Oftentimes overlooked, the landscape and

outdoor living areas that may surround your home are

no exception. As supported by the National Association

of Home Builders (NAHB), self-sustaining shrubbery and

a low-maintenance vinyl or brick facade are beautiful,

no-hassle options for maintaining curb appeal.

BATHROOM:

Aging in Place has become synonymous with bathrooms,

and rightfully so! According to data collected by the

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year

about 235,000 people over the age of 15 visit emergency

rooms because of injuries suffered in the bathroom.

Moreover, research shows that the number of injuries

sustainedbetween the ages of 65 and 75more than doubles

between the ages of 75 and 85. Ultimately peaking within

the 85+ age group, bathroom injuries are easily combatted

with thoughtful Aging in Place design.

What may seem like a nonissue now,

the ease with which you step in

and out of a shower area may change

with age. When possible, a curbless

shower can solve accessibility

concerns without sacrificing style.

For areas that call for balance support, especially in the

shower and around a bathtub, grab bars offer secondary

stabilization and are now offered in a variety of fashionable

options. As you age, vision issues can impair one’s depth

perception. Consider using different colored flooring

materials where there is a step or change in floor level.

In the shower, an adjustable or handheld showerhead,

offer comfort and safety allowing for one to be seated

or standing.

While selecting your design materials, be mindful of

textures. With an understanding of the differences in tile

materials and fishiness, professional design guidance

from a Certified Aging in Place Specialist is invaluable

to making slip-resistant selections. Similarly, mindful

decisions should be made when selecting plumbing and

lighting fixtures. Various toilet heights are available as well

as touch faucets making everyday use easy and stress-free.

A proper lighting plan is also an important element that

should be considered including general room lighting and

task lighting.

Whether you’re planning for the next three years or fifteen

years, designing with the future in mind deserves serious

consideration. Kitchen and bath designers who have an

Aging in Place education will expertly guide you through

the remodeling process, adding style and safety to your

“forever home” vision.