Aging in Place and Home Design

What is aging in place? Aging in place means “being able to remain in your own home during your later years of life, rather than transitioning to a smaller home, assisted living, or retirement community.” Universal design refers to “design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people regardless of their age, ability or disability. Universal design principles consider the aspects of a home design that will allow a person to “age in place,” such as wider doors and hallways, bathrooms that allow for wheelchair access, and even lighting and interior colors that make transitioning thru a space easier.

Universal design is often applied for persons with disabilities and older generations, but as over 76 million baby boomers prepare to enter retirement in the near future, a significant portion of the US population will want homes that incorporate universal design elements. This generation of active retirees want homes that not only suit their current lifestyle, but also incorporate design aspects that will help them manage aging-related challenges. With the baby boomer generation entering retirement, designing and building homes to accommodate their needs is a growing necessity among home design and building professionals.

Over the years, an increasing number of our clients have actively sought to integrate aging in place and universal design elements in their home designs to address their current needs, as well as anticipate their future needs. To respond to this growing trend in home design, our team has become experts at designing homes that address retirement and aging in place needs of homeowners, by incorporating. With a wide variety of options and products available to incorporate universal design elements throughout the home, the pros at ACM Design guide homeowners through the entire design and building process to completion. Our goal is to create a home that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.

If you are specifically interested in learning more about Aging in Place and Universal Design, contact us today to see how we can help.