Everybody deserves to have a safe, accessible home. No matter one’s age, size, mobility or ability, the purpose of Universal Design (U.D.) is to create a product or environment that is usable by all people to the greatest extent possible. Universal Design is compiled of seven core design principles:
Each Universal Design principle can be applied to a variety of lifestyle situations, whether it be Aging in Place or independent living for persons facing physical challenges.
A growing segment of older active adults are opting to stay in their homes after retirement. This can be achieved safely and comfortably with a few lifestyle modifications. According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), housing upgrades that seniors find especially important include safety features such as non-slip floors (80 percent) and bathroom aides such as grab bars (79 percent). In order to determine which products best fit their needs, retired persons can identify themselves as fitting into one of three Aging in Place categories:
This category includes individuals who have no immediate need for home modifications, but are planning to remain in their current home and/or plan to accommodate friends, family, or neighbors. Some home modifications that may benefit this group include:
This category includes individuals who require modifications for progressive medical conditions. They do not have immediate needs, but are planning to age in place. Some home modifications that may benefit this group include:
This category includes individuals who have experienced an abrupt or traumatic change requiring immediate home modifications. Some home modifications that may benefit this group include:
ADA-compliant products abide by ADA requirements specified in the Americans with Disabilities Act and are typically marked with an ADA logo or symbol. These products are designed to help persons facing physical challenges live independently with confidence. ADA-compliant U.D. modifications include:
Universal Design features can be seamlessly and tastefully integrated into any home. Products such as grab bars are made in a variety of finishes, styles and size that suit your preferences. Smart toilets are gaining a following due to their simultaneous elegance and easy accessibility. A few modifications can go a long way in improving the appearance and usability of your home.
Our professional Showroom Consultants have years of experience with Universal Design products. Schedule a Showroom Consultation, and they can help you select the right materials for your bathroom and kitchen. If you are seeking Universal Design, Aging in Place or ADA Compliant supplies in Michigan, Builders Plumbing & Heating Supply can advise you on which products will best meet your needs.
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