Easy Living With Universal DesignBy Prince William Area Agency on Aging
(Pages: 22) Publication Date: 2005
Publication offers information and advice on building or renovating a home according to the principles of Universal Design. A universally-designed home is defined as one with features that increase the usability of the home by people of all ages, sizes, and abilities and enhances the ability of all residents to live there independently as long as possible. Features discussed include shelving, appliances, closets, and fixtures designed to accommodate persons of varying heights, ages and abilities; doors, doorways, and halls widened to accommodate wheelchairs; walls in hallways equipped with railings to facilitate walking; and bathtubs and commodes with grab bars attached for ease of use. Advice is given on the financing of home building or remodeling such as a home equity loan or reverse mortgage; the claiming of tax credit for accessibility modifications made to the home; and consultation with a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS), an expert trained through a program created by the National Association of Home Builders and AARP. Also included are a Universal Design home modification checklist for all areas of the home and a resource list of community and national resources such as agencies and businesses; designer and home builder associations; Universal-Design centers and organizations; and design, product, and resource guides.
Prince William Area Agency on Aging (Website:http://www.pwcgov.org/aoa)
Link to text: http://www.pwcgov.org/docLibrary/PDF/003462.pdf