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.
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
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
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.