The dramatic aging of the U.S. population in coming decades is expected to have important implications for the home remodeling industry. Of the over 25 million households age 65 and over today, the Joint Center estimates that 44 percent have some need for home accessibility features due to disability or difficulty using components of the home, such as kitchen or bathroom facilities.
The AARP HomeFit Guide was created to help people stay in the home they love by turning where they live into a “lifelong home,” suitable for themselves and anyone in their household. The guide offers solutions that range from simple do-it-yourself fixes to improvements that require skilled expertise.
Today’s homeowners are better informed about remodeling than ever before, in part due to TV remodeling shows and researching product information online. While all this information has created a more informed customer, it has also accounted for a shift in how remodelers rethink their client communication skills.
Design influences come from everywhere—fashion runways, trade magazines, smart technology, the sustainability movement, and the media. Adaptability, also known as universal design, is showing up in products that allow people of all abilities to use them. In bathrooms, adaptability features show up in spa-like showers without the potential tripping hazard of a curb, integral shower seats and towel bars that do double duty as supports. All of these features are finding their way into residential bathrooms because they provide extra utility, as well as beauty.
When homeowners need modifications of their living space following an accident or diagnosis of a degenerative disease process, one of the smartest things they can do is involve an occupational therapist (OT) into the remodeling design process.
Most people over age 50 desire to remain in their homes as they age, but the homes they live in may preclude that from happening. Learn more about accessibility needs.
Universally designed products do their good works quietly: You won’t even notice how well they function—what you will notice is simple, beautiful and smart design.
Beauty and The Beast: Good looks and accessibility can play together to create spaces that are as handsome as they are functional.
When designing commercial projects, it is easier than ever to create, at all price points, accessible spaces that look as good as they perform. While accessibility rules on both state and federal levels, with their stringent dimensional requirements governing maneuverability and reach, come into play in commercial multifamily projects, those rules don’t have to be a hindrance in creating beautiful bathrooms.
From assisted living and healthcare facilities to hospitality, universities, and multi-family construction, large commercial projects have unique demands and many must be fitted with barrier free, ADA, UFAS and ANSI compliant bathing products. This course will provide an overview of intelligent design solutions with regard to relative code.
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