Articles on "Remodeling and Universal Design"

Living Independent: How To Create a Home For All Generations
May 7, 2007 12:00 am

Living Independent: How To Create a Home For All Generations

Families know life is full of unforeseen obstacles. Modifying the home to incorporate cutting-edge, barrier-free living features will help enrich the lives of active families as they change over time. Homes with universal design features aren’t just for those who want to grow old and stay put. They are for families at any life stage, who want the peace of mind that they won’t have to move as their circumstances change. Families with young children, people with temporary or permanent […]

How To Age in a Unique Place with Universal Design for Retired Seniors
December 21, 2005 12:00 am

How To Age in a Unique Place with Universal Design for Retired Seniors

A gently sloped, semi-circle brick walkway provides an important and accurate first impression of a home that stands out from its neighbors. Well-kept ramblers line the streets of the well-established neighborhood in Arlington, VA where Rick Barry and Linda Cox built their very practical dream home. The wide walkway doubles as an accessible entryway and a parking area for large family gatherings and is the first introduction to the themes of dual purpose design and attention to detail that are […]

December 16, 2005 12:00 am

How To Prevent Falls in the Home of Elders

You may be only a step away from becoming a victim of the leading cause of unintentional home injuries-falls. The Home Safety Council reports, that nearly 5.1 million Americans are injured each year as a result from falls in and around the home. While people of every age are vulnerable to falls, older adults are particularly at risk. However, there are a number of steps that older adults can take to identify and correct potential falls hazards in and around […]

July 25, 2003 12:00 am

Universal Design for Seniors with Disabilities

We hear all the time about the “graying” of America, as Baby Boomers get set to retire. And these Baby Boomers, for the most part, plan to stay put in their own homes. In fact, a recent AARP survey examining the opinions of Americans over the age of 45 on current and future housing situations found that the majority plans to stay in their current residence for as long as possible. Combine this information with the Center for Disease Control’s […]

July 24, 2003 12:00 am

A Daughter’s Lesson: Assisted Living

As a homemaker, wife, and mother, Elizabeth Firth spent her entire life caring for others, but after her husband’s death several years ago her daughter, Lynn Jenkins, realized that it was time to take care of her mother. She decided to have her mother move from her lifelong home in North Carolina to Maryland to live with her and her husband: “I didn’t want my mother to remain in North Carolina because of the distance, and she didn’t want to […]