Answer the following questions:
If you answered “yes” to any of the first three questions, or “no” to the fourth, you should consider Aging-in-Place design now, and not later.
Most people go through their lives each day without being aware of the fact that the world in general has been designed for able-bodied, right-handed young adults, with average height and weight, perfect sight and hearing, and the ability to verbally communicate their needs to another human being.
Aging in Place is the concept that you can (and should be able to) stay in your residence and current living location for the remainder of your life, regardless of changes to your physical, cognitive, or other changes to your body and abilities that may occur with age.
Aging in Place is a choice. Deciding you wish to age in place means you are choosing how you want to spend your retirement years, how you want your home to be set up, what your health care choices will be, which types of assistance are right for you, and what your wishes are for major life events such as sickness, housing transitions, and financial decisions.
Making these choices gives you control over your independence, quality of life and dignity. Most iportantly to note, aging in place does not mean you have to do everything yourself; that’s where the plan comes in. It means you get to plan how your needs are met, who meets them and when.
Aaron Murphy is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist, trained in the unique needs of the older adult population, Aging-in-Place home modifications, common remodeling projects, and solutions to common barriers.
CAPS professionals have been taught the strategies and techniques for designing and building aesthetically enriching, barrier-free living environments. The CAPS program goes beyond design to address the codes and standards, common remodeling expenditures and projects, product ideas, and resources needed to provide comprehensive and practical aging-in-place solutions. CAPS graduates pledge to uphold a code of ethics and are required to maintain their designation by attending continuing education programs and participating in community service.
Universal design is the design of products, materials, systems and environments for equal ease of use by all intended users and people, to the greatest extent possible, without adaptation or specialized design.
For your home, this means design that allows people to live comfortably and easily, regardless of age or physical ability. Features of universal design include:
ADM Architecture, LLC offers on-site consultations; visit our Aging-in-Place Consultation page to learn more.
Additional resources for Aging in Place information are listed on our Resources page.