Aging in Place: Universal Design Ideas for Your Space

Stay in your home sweet home well into your retirement years with these universal design features.

By Jan Soults Walker

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Incorporate these designs, materials, and features into your home so you can live independently—feeling secure and comfortable throughout the changing seasons of life. "Universal design" is a concept allowing products and spaces to be used by all people, regardless of age, and the idea of "aging in place" incorporates this concept into beautiful spaces to be used comfortably and safely as a homeowner ages.

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Clear obstacles that could hinder you from moving about your home, says the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Opt for an open floor plan with passageways and doorways at least 36 inches wide. Designate hallways and kitchen aisles at 48 inches wide for optimum comfort.

Also, space furnishings to accommodate a wheelchair and relocate electrical cords to avoid tripping. Make sure all stairs have secure handrails.
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