Universal Design and Accessible Design are now a lifestyle which can be stylish and beautiful as well as accessible and safer for all.
Universal design as well as Aging in Place Design are becoming much more popular. It’s no longer just about current needs for someone with a disability, it’s about planning ahead to live well and safer now and being able to stay in the home you love as long as you can and so desire.
Many of us “baby boomers” have watched our parents age as they could no longer safely stay in the home where they raised us. What a heart-breaking difficult transition and life changing event that is. Some have gone into assisted living, but very few unfortunately can afford the cost. For many who can afford the cost of an Assisted Living Facility, they would still prefer to stay in their own home. An AARP study found that over 75% percent of Americans age 50 and older want to remain in their current residence.
Speaking from personal experience, my mom wanted to stay in the home that my dad built for her as long as she could, and with some stylish changes, we helped her stay there for over 70 years. When the home finally had to sell, it was not difficult to sell it at all (one day) - as you didn’t “see” an “accessible home” you saw a safe and beautiful environment.
That’s why many are planning now with modifications that are now termed “Universal Design” and not waiting for a life changing event. “Universal design” refers to the design of buildings, products and environments that are accessible to everyone, regardless of age or ability. Another term you may hear is “Barrier-free” , and “Aging in Place”.
We at Accessible Solutions have specialized in this field for over 30 years. We are CAPS certified specialists and have been licensed and insured General Contractors over 35 years. We know the products out there that are stylish and can add not just safety, but beauty and value to your home.
As dealers for Bestbath products, among other suppliers, we can help you create a beautiful bathroom with designer options and “invisible” grab safety bars which double as a shampoo shelf, a soap holder, a towel bar, even a toilet paper holder.
Bestbath Lifetime Showers are “showers for Life” as the walls are fully reinforced with plywood fiberglass with a gelcoat finish.
By adding a threshold adapter now to one of their wheelchair accessible showers, you can make it look like a more traditional low curbed master spa shower, but if you are faced with a life changing event down the road, you just remove this adapter and have a truly barrier free shower within minutes. Aging In Place features that are just wonderful and cost saving down the road.
Conversely if you need a wheelchair accessible shower now but are afraid about resale, bring in this adapter now and store it. It will silicone in place when you are ready to sell and the future residents will also benefit from your thoughtful planning.
Call us today, we can help you design a safe and barrier free home you will happy to live in for years to come.
Call Accessible Solutions and we can show you how we can “Make Your Home Accessible”. 888-534-9211