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Now that you are more familiar with what it means to age in place, you may be wondering what exactly age friendly homes look like.   Here are just a few pictures of home designs that are both stylish and practical.

The Kitchen

Kitchen_Aging_in_Place_Design_1This kitchen from Life Connect at-Home is a great example of a beautiful design that incorporates features that will increase your accessibility and allow you to safely age in place.  Notice the lowered countertops that provide enough room for someone in a wheelchair to roll under for easy access to sinks and appliances.

 

kitchen2Here is another beautiful example of a kitchen that has been especially designed for those looking to age in place.  This kitchen was built by Oakwood Custom Homes and follows the basic principles of Universal Design including making the space equitable to those of diverse ages and abilities and making sure that it requires low physical effort to comfortable and efficiently use the space.

The Bathroom

When it comes to aging in place, perhaps the most important room in your home is the bathroom.  Being able to care for yourself and complete daily tasks is an essential component to maintaining your overall health and avoiding a nursing facility for as long as possible.  Chances are, when you picture a mobility friendly bathroom, you envision a whole host of unsightly grab bars and other less than aesthetically pleasing equipment, but that doesn’t have to be the case.  Here are some stylish bathroom designs that incorporate subtle elements that will help increase your safety and mobility.

This bathroom from Libertas Interior Design Solutions features a contemporary design that is barrier free, allowing for easy access for any user.  The roll-in shower eliminates the need to step up and over any tub ledges and the built in shower bench and stylish grab bars can provide extra assistance.  Another great feature of this bathroom that is worth taking note of is the improved lighting.  One of the least expensive changes you can make to your home that will help you to age in place is to increase lighting throughout your home.  By simply improving visibility, you can decrease your chances of tripping and falling.  This bathroom is a great example of how color choices and lighting can combine to increase safety.  Even simple changes can make a big difference when it comes to improving your safety.
The Future
Unfortunately, some home designs may prevent people from being able to make simple and inexpensive home renovations.  Depending on the fabcabstructural demands of your home,  even seemingly small changes may require you to make major modifications.  This problem has given rise to affordable, prefabricated housing that will allow boomers to design and move into an age friendly home for as little as $145,000.  A company named FabCab is leading the way when it comes to marrying universal design and green building.
Hopefully, as aging in place becomes a more mainstream trend, builders will begin to incorporate universal design into new homes.  In the meantime, prefabricated homes may represent an affordable alternative.  Check out some photos that highlight the simplicity of universal design:
fabcablivingroomThis main living area incorporates all the basic principles of aging in place design.  The space is well lit and features smooth surfaces that are wheelchair friendly, wide doorways and pocket style doors to help create privacy and separate living spaces, wood floors that are wheelchair friendly and a variety of other sensible and practically invisible features that increase safety and mobility without sacrificing style.