If you don’t know about universal design (sometimes called barrier-free design), you should; essentially, it’s creating a home environment that’s easier to move around in, and operate certain tasks. Some examples: no-step entrances; 32” wide doors and wider hallways; installation of grab bars around the toilet and inside the shower; raised dishwasher; casement windows with a crank handle; levered door handles; single-level ground floor; roll-in showers and handheld shower heads.
Universal design concepts fit into the home modification movement – modifying existing homes to accommodate the elderly persons who choose to stay in their homes – but, really, universal design just makes good sense for anyone, regardless of age.
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