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.
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.
Designs and technology are also much more stylish than in the past. Sterile, hospital-like products aren’t the only option.
Accessible design is creating sleek, functional items we don’t feel we need to hide. They offer equal amounts of utility and subtlety.
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.
“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
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.
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.
Handles are easier to grasp than knob pulls for someone with mobility limitations.
Are you ready to introduce some practical ageing in place solutions to your home?