Do you have aging parents who aren’t getting around their home quite as easily as they used to? It may be time to evaluate their home for hazards that could lead to falls.

Universal design senior livingIn-home care givers are uniquely aware of potential problems that seniors can face. And as architects we are uniquely aware of how universal design can be used to lessen their risk of falls and to improve their experience and access in their own homes.

On December 28, 2010, Adeste In-Home Care in Centennial, Colorado published this article on their blog. It’s nice to see design being recognized as a tool available to help our aging family members.

As baby boomers begin to approach their 70’s, how to age gracefully is popping up in a variety of industries. And one of the largest industries to take a strong interest is real estate – how do more people stay in their homes longer, and stay out of assisted living and nursing facilities? The answer may be in Universal Design – the basic skills of creating structures that are safe and convenient, no matter what your age or ability.

Universal design means building an attractive, stylish space that appeals to everyone in the family. It makes it easier to live in throughout the different phases of your life, and does so in a way that doesn’t scream “clinical” or “institutional”.

To read more of the article, follow this link to Adeste In-Home Care.

Dallas Architect Laura Davis, AIA is a vice president and Director of Marketing at HPD Architecture LLC. She and her partners offer custom design services for residential and commercial projects in the North Texas, Dallas area. Laura is also an owner at HPD Design for Living LLC, which offers a turn key service to seniors and their families in evaluating, designing and installing solutions using universal design for the home. For more information please call 214.751.2304.