Northwest Accessible Design in Universal and Aging-in-Place Design
All about Universal Design and Aging-in-Place Design. We are the go to specialists in Universal Design and Aging-in-Place design in the Northwest. We help plan and prepare your home for whatever circumstance you may face. Whether age or disability has you limited in your home, we are here to show you all the possibilities you have to thrive. We specialize in safety, adaptability, comfort, convenience, and sustainability for your home.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Northwest Accessible Design Universal & Aging-in-Place Design Home • Business • Retirement Living • Hospitality: Universal Design | Disability Living | Aging-in-Place
What is Universal Design? Universal Design is a concept in design that products andenvironments are usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without changing or modifying the environment. What barriers do you face?
Accessibility to AllThe home is set up to provide accommodations to everyone regardless of age, size or ability while maintaining an aesthetically pleasing feel. In the near future all homes and products will be built with this design philosophy: meet the needs of everyone.
Universal LayoutExamples of Universal Design: • 36” doorways throughout • Open/Visible storage; flexible and adaptive pantries • Pulls rather than knobs on cabinets and drawers • Variable countertop heights: • Drawer pull-outs 30”, 34”, 36” & 42” • ADA grab bars & handrails • Increased maneuvering space (ie: 5’ x 5’ turning • Photocell light switches circle in kitchens, bathrooms, entries, ect.
Universal Layout • Increased toe kick areas at base of lower cabinets • Raised wall electrical outlets • Front or accessible controls. Example: garbage disposal, range hood vent,• Removing stairs, re-grading or lighting, ect. ramp installation • Access cutouts.• Increased and diversified lighting Example: under sinks options or countertop work spaces
Why is Universal Design Important?• Step less entries are always convenient when you’re bringing in the groceries.• A universally designed door way receives less dings and dents as trip and snag hazards are removed. • Universal design unties household traffic ways in spaces like the kitchens and bathrooms and creates the feeling of openness in your home.
Northwest Accessible/Universal Design Our Goal for your project:
What is Aging-in-Place?• Aging-in-place refers to the ability to live in your current home while maintaining or increasing quality of life. • Aging-in-place Remodeling addresses the continually changing needs and abilities that we face as we age in our homes. Utilizing products and modifications to your home, you can bring ease and grace to aging.
Aging-in-Place Trends• In 2000 438,177 (12.8%) of Oregons 3,421,399 citizens were aged 65 or older, a 12% increase since 1990.• The U.S. Census estimates that by 2030 Oregons elder population will increase by 124.3%
Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists (CAPS) Northwest Accessible Design is a certified Aging-In-Place specialist and we can aid in evaluation and recommendation for modifications you may need or want with consideration to future circumstances.Safety | Adaptability | Comfort | Convenience | Sustainability
Aging-in-Place Planning There are several categories of interest you should think over when planning a remodel for aging in place: • Safety • Moving in and out your home • Moving freely in your home• Ease of access to daily use items Quality of life is our top concern and good planning is essential for a comfortable and accessible home.
Common Aging-in-Place Changes Most homes are not built for senior friendly transitioning, so modifications are necessary as one ages in place.• Removing barriers that may cause a trip hazard (ie: door thresholds)• Installing alternative lighting options (combination of fluorecent & incandescent)• Customizing cabinets and pantries for ease of access• Handrail and grab bar installation
More Aging-in-Place Changes Installing Slip Installing adjustable shower resistant flooring heads and plenty of bracing near slippery surfaces Widening doorways andcommon walkways Installing lever style for use of walking door hardware andaids or wheelchairs facets for ease of use
Our Universal Design & Aging-in- Place ExpertKelly Schwan- Occupational Therapist (ODT) Kelly works at Emanuel Medical Center in Portland with the acute rehab team on the trauma unit, specializing in spinal cord injury. She is passionate about helping improve patients quality of life and is proud to team with Northwest Accessible Design and their remodeling expertise.
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