Accessible housing design accommodates everyone, including those with disabilities, including houses that are minimally accessible, houses that can easily be made accessible at a later date and houses that are completely accessible.
The questions I ask myself and you include:
Is this home visitable?
Does it have features that promote ease of access such as a no-step entrance?
Is this home adaptable?
Can it easily accommodate change?
Does it have removable cupboards to create knee space for a wheelchair? Is there room to add an elevator? Does it have straight-run stairs to incorporate a lift?
Is this home accessible?
Does it have open turning spaces, wheel-in shower areas, or kitchen work surfaces with knee space below?
Is it universal?
Does it have lever door handles, enhanced lighting levels, or easy to grab stair rails?
Together we will focus on what 3 key areas of a home in regards to adaptability. This will determine if it is worth the investment to transform an average home into an accessible home.
The 3 key areas I focus are:
The home’s entrance
The vertical circulation within the home
If you know someone who is looking to find a more accessible or adaptable him that best suits their needs, please contact me and we can get started.
Depending on your needs and preferences, you may want to explore some popular housing options for seniors that offer more support.
- Co-housing involves sharing a home with a friend or family member. In addition to cutting costs, sharing a home can provide mutual benefits like companionship, help with daily tasks and extra support in case of an emergency.
Co-operative Housing (Co-ops)
- Co-ops are legal associations that provide housing in return for a share in the maintenance or other tasks. Some co-ops cater specifically to seniors and may be seniors-only buildings.
Life Lease Housing
- Religious or charitable organizations often operate this condominium-like option. Residents pay upfront and monthly fees for the right to live in the home for a specific period.
- Supportive housing refers to independent apartments with access to services like housekeeping, personal support and healthcare available for free or at a reduced cost. Residents usually pay their own rent and any other living expenses.
- These residences combine independent living with access to support and recreational facilities. They provide a community setting for active seniors.
- Retirement homes are for-profit businesses that offer a full range of accommodations, services and healthcare support. The costs vary depending on the facilities and the level of service and support offered.
Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities
- These are similar to retirement homes but are sometimes operated as not-for-profit residences by the federal government. They also offer a wider range of healthcare and support services for seniors with more demanding care needs.