In and earlier posting we cited research from the USA that indicates housing designed in an age-friendly manner can command a stubstantial premium over normal houses.
This article from the Business of Ageing blog identifies some basics to keep in mind when designing age-friendly environments.
I’ve summarized the points here:Avoid stairs. keep everything they need on one level of the home.
- Lower countertops for those confined to wheelchairs so they can continue to participate in activities like cooking.
- “Wet room” instead of a bathroom, eliminating all curbs and obstacles in the bathroom. Slip prevention surfaces.
- Traction strips on any stairs or walkways outside.
- Low storage areas that are well above knee level, in kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom areas.
- Install railings and grab bars on stairs, steps, near the shower, toilet, and other areas that might warrant standing up.