The Homes for a Lifetime initiative gives aging residents the ability to live in their own homes and communities for as long as safely, confidently and comfortably possible.
The initiative promotes the use of universal design, which makes products and environments as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation without the need for adaption or specialized design. It is the idea of making things comfortable and convenient for as many different people at as many stages of life as possible.
5 Principles of Universal Design
Designs are uncomplicated, safe, well suited to their purpose, and can be easily used by people with differing abilities.
The home can be cost effectively and simply adapted to meet people’s changing needs over time or to suit different users.
Everyone can easily access the home and move around freely within it. Particular attention will have been given to transition points such as pathways and doorways and access to and from transport.
The design accommodates everyone regardless of age, size or ability. Groups are not segregated by the design.
Homes and products remain valuable over time. They save the user money, time and energy through effective design. They can be easily adapted for a relatively low cost.
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