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practical ageing in place solutions for a comfortable home

Many of us prefer the idea of practical ageing in place. Or staying in our own homes as long as possible before entering any kind of retirement or care facility.

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Jeld-Wen: DesignGlide turns any 80-inch door into a barn door. Barn doors are easier to open and close and manoeuvre around.

Part of the focus on ageing in place with independence comes from ageing Baby Boomers. But the Millennial mentality is also shifting the way society views embracing accessibility and diversity.

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Walker Zanger: Calacata porcelain | The solidness of porcelain makes it easy to slide a wheelchair or walker over it. Use smaller tiles so that there are more grout lines, which make the floor less slippery.

Designs and technology are also much more stylish than in the past. Sterile, hospital-like products aren’t the only option.

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Hafele: Magic Corner in walnut from the Fineline Kitchen Accessories collection brings awkward corner storage into easy reach.

Accessible design is creating sleek, functional items we don’t feel we need to hide. They offer equal amounts of utility and subtlety.

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James Martin: Brittany 48″ vanity in Burnished Mahogany | The manufacturer features a number of vanities that are ADA-compliant with space for a seat or wheelchair.

Whether you think of it as accessible design, ageing in place, or universal design, the overarching purpose is to design spaces that are more convenient for everyone to use.

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Brizo: Artesso faucet with SmartTouch technology comes with optional touch control anywhere on the faucet body, handle, or articulating arm. It also features an LED light that indicates the faucet’s water temperature.

“The essence of it is making an environment intuitive, able to be fully utilized by people of all abilities with little physical effort… Make things open and easy to reach, let the young and old exercise their limits of independence.”

Lisa Cini, ASID, IIDA, owner of Mosaic Design Studio

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Fisher & Paykel: Double DishDrawer | Dishwasher drawers keep walkways clear and prevent users from having to bend down to load and unload. The DishDrawer from Fisher & Paykel is available in ADA-compliant models. Drawers can be run separately to accommodate for smaller loads.

Task intensive rooms–like the kitchen and bathroom–are where we most see a lot of practical ageing in place solutions. If an appliance or fixture is hard to reach, everyday tasks become difficult to complete.

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Thermador: MicroDrawer | Hit a button and it automatically opens the drawer so that you can reach down and easily access items.

Swapping doors and drawers in base cabinets and vanities can be a big help. In addition to drawered cabinetry, the use of appliance drawers is on the rise.

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image: Kitchen Krafters

Handles are easier to grasp than knob pulls for someone with mobility limitations.

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Easy Drain: Modulo linear shower drain | Linear drains can make it easier to design curbless showers.

Are you ready to introduce some practical ageing in place solutions to your home?