Universal Design (U.D.) is a design concept that accommodates people of varying ages, abilities and mobility. A universally-designed product can be used by everyone without the necessity for modifications. Whether you are an active adult, a young parent, or a person facing physical challenges, a home designed with changing needs in mind can be comfortably enjoyed by all of your family, neighbors and friends. When it comes to creating an accessible environment, it is important to consider your present and future lifestyle situations.
As the baby boomer population grows, so does the desire to stay in one’s home after retirement. 78% of adults between ages 50-64 would prefer to live in their current residence as they age, according to a 2005 AARP report entitled, “A Report to the National Livable Communities: Creating Environments for Successful Aging.” Depending on one’s needs, there are a variety of home modifications available for those who wish to age in place.
This group is composed of individuals who are not currently experiencing problems with health or mobility and prefer the appearance/function of Universal Design. U.D. modifications from which they may benefit include:
This group is composed of individuals who have chronic or progressive conditions. They are aware of their needs, but do not need immediate modifications. U.D. modifications from which they may benefit include:
This group is composed of individuals who have experienced a traumatic change and need immediate home modifications. U.D. modifications from which they may benefit include:
Handicap accessibility is a key staple in a Universal Design home. ADA-compliant home adaptations help persons facing physical challenges live independently and comfortably. ADA-compliant U.D. modifications include:
Designing a universally accessible home doesn’t mean sacrificing aesthetic appeal. Motion sensor faucets, for example, were identified as growing in popularity according to a National Kitchen & Bath Association survey. A Roman shower adds elegance to any bathroom, and you can select from a variety of tile designs that suit your tastes. Many Universal Design attributes can be seamlessly integrated into your home environment.
Our professional Showroom Consultants have years of experience with Universal Design products. Schedule a Showroom Consultation, and they can help you select the right materials for your bathroom and kitchen. If you are seeking Universal Design, Aging in Place or ADA Compliant supplies in Illinois, Crawford Supply can advise you on which products will best meet your needs.
Our Locate a Professional page can connect you with Plumbing Contractors, Builders, Remodelers, Architects and Designers in your area. These professionals rely on our consultants to provide product selection services and can help with projects requiring design and installation services.