More Americans than ever are expecting to remain in their homes, either by themselves or as part of a multi-generational family unit. This trend, known as aging in place, has also sparked a growing emphasis on the universal design of homes in order to appeal to residents and guests of all ages.
Essentially, universal design focuses on developing a home environment that is safe and comfortable for all ages, without seeming to be focused on any single age. By doing so, these homes can provide a safe living environment for a senior while also allowing adults, teenagers and young children to enjoy comfortable and visually appealing surroundings. At Columbus Home Care Assistance, we love the universal design concept and want to spread word of its many benefits with our clients.
Universal design includes features that can assist the elderly but are not intrusive in nature. For example, a home built to universal design standards will avoid narrow hallways, awkward stairs, and include abundant and effective lighting. All of these measures are important for the safety of seniors, but are also useful for other household members and their guests.
There are a number of advantages to universal design. The most important is that it allows seniors to remain in the home with their family members without feeling that they have somehow “taken over” the house. Additionally, making senior friendly features integral to the house improves the ability of seniors to make use of the entire house, rather than being effectively banished to those rooms that have been modified for their use.
Finally, when the time comes to sell the house, universal design can maximize its value to potential buyers, especially for those who provide Columbus senior care for an elderly parent or loved one. In fact, the growth of multi-generation households will likely make a house using universal design strategies more attractive than ever to potential buyers.
Rather than cutting seniors off from the family, universal design helps elderly loved ones remain an integral part of their family. As such, it can dramatically improve the senior’s quality of life as they can continue to enjoy the companionship and comfort of their children and grandchildren alike.
Have you or do you know someone who has implemented any universal design features in their home? Share them with us! As the leading providers of live-in home care in Columbus, we’re always looking for ways in which we can help enhance the lives of our senior clients.