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Design Considerations for Older Generations Aging in Place


Design Considerations for Older Generations Aging in Place

It's never too early to begin thinking about aging in place, and these design tips from Housing Design Matters offer a starting point for older homeowners

April 13, 2023
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Baby Boomers make up the largest cohort of homebuyers in today’s housing market, and according to Housing Design Matters, many are already designing their homes to safely and comfortably age in place. For some, that means adding more accessibility at the home’s entryway with ramps or handrails, and for others, aging in place may require simple additions such as better lighting.

Locating the primary bedroom on the first floor is a great way to avoid future accessibility issues. This isn’t always possible based on the building footprint. However, having one bedroom on the first floor/main living level would be the next best option. 

Eliminating tripping hazards in a room that gets wet is a great strategy. This includes a zero-entry into the shower. You can add grab bars now – or blocking for grab bars later. Fortunately grab bars have come a long way in design and finish to avoid that institutional feel. Adding a seat and a handheld shower head makes the shower more user friendly and more luxurious.

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