Designing homes for aging parents or family members with special needs is an important consideration for many potential homeowners. Here are a few things to consider when designing these spaces.
- Reducing stairs
One of the most important considerations when designing for reduced mobility is the reduction or elimination of stairs. For this reason, bungalow designs are often prefered, however elements such as residential elevators, stair lifts and exterior wheelchair ramps are also options.
- Door and Hallway clearance
Larger Doors and hallway widths need to be taken into consideration for designing with wheelchair or walker users in mind. Also eliminating long hallways or tight turning radiuses is also important to increase mobility.
- Washroom Design
Increased space, providing grab bars and walk in showers as opposed to tub/shower combinations are some of the considerations when designing functional washroom spaces.
- Open Style
Floorplans to reduce potential obstructions.
The appliances chosen should be easy to access without bending. Examples include side by side fridge and freezers, raised front load washing machine and dryers.
- Exterior Considerations
To ensure safety consider adding motion sensor lighting, covered entrances to reduce snow and non slip exterior finishes on walkways and driveways.