Is Universal Design the Same as 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.” There’s long been applied the theory of Universal Design, but up until the early 2000s, it was often only considered when designing homes for persons with disabilities. However, we’ve learned that these same principles can be applied to accommodating age-related challenges. You can thoughtfully plan for these accommodations and create beautiful homes for all stages of life.
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