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WHEELCHIC: How To Plan An Accessible Bathroom

Another shining example of how function and design can coexist within accessible spaces. The shower is especially unique, with panelled walls that seamlessly blend with the discreet grab bars. A floating vanity allows for wheelchair access, and the contact-activated...

NYT: What Retirement Means Now

As the ageing workforce opts more and more to age in place, demand for care in the home is on the rise. Innovative programming is necessary to help with the rising number of retirees, especially with boomers retiring later and later. Retirement isn't the linear thing...

DailyMail: Kevin McCloud experiences how hard it is to be disabled and living in an inaccessible home – as ex Paralympian spends £600K designing house with a drive-in basement and lift system

We share many articles and videos detailing the difficulties that can come with having an inaccessible home, but this article and video series really nail down the challenges of inaccessible living, and how they can be augmented to make living simpler and easier. The...

FCT: Age in place the Wright way

Open concept living is the cornerstone of accessible design. Tim and Trish Schroeder of Schroeder Design/Build remodelled their entire home to make it more accessible, and the result is a stunning example of style, functionality, and thoughtful design with thoughtful...

Forbes: When I’m 65….Erm 94

It seems like an impossible question to as yourself, how long will I live? The colloquial answer is "as long as possible", but most never picture themselves living into their 90s. Planning for longevity is one of the secrets to ageing in place. What does your future...

DWELL: Accessibility In Micro Spaces

If you live in a large city that's full of tiny apartments, accessibility requires some innovative thinking. This Manhattan home is full of multi-purpose items and thoughtfully placed furniture to make it stylish and yet completely accessible. Read the full article...

HealthTech: How IoT Devices Keep Seniors Safe and Healthy

Innovative technology is one of the cornerstones for ageing in place effectively. Audio and visual research and development are crucial to both mitigating the need for assisted care facilities and also putting the dollars where it counts. Read the full article here.

HGTV: ‘Visitability’ Makes Homes Accessible

Visitability is a movement to change construction practices so that virtually all new homes offer specific features that make the home easier for people with mobility impairment to visit—or to live in. The design principle signifies a move to more universally...

5 Things Every Accessible Kitchen Shouldn’t Have

The kitchen is the hub of most homes. It's where you and your family congregate, and where you spend a good chunk of your time. One of the cornerstones to effectively ageing in place is a kitchen that is both safe and accessible. Being able to continue using your...

VALLEY: An architect’s tips on aging-in-place

When it comes to staying in your home as you age, there's a lot to think about. These great tips from architect Chris Craiker highlight some of the less obvious things seniors should consider, like having a designated bedroom for possible full-time care. Read the full...

5 Easy And Cost-Effective Living Room Updates

Making your living room more functional doesn't always have to involve an entire renovation. Making small adjustments can help you function more easily throughout your home. Here are some easy fixes that make a big difference:   1. Change The Legs On Your Seating...

Proactive Solutions: Best Door Lever Replacements

Almost 20% of North Americans are currently living with some form of arthritis. While the treatments for arthritis are ever-expanding, there are many ways to make your everyday activities easier so that you're not constantly aggravating the problem. As a rehab...

CTV: New app literally puts accessibility on the map

AccessNow is a revolutionary application that gives you the details of the spaces you are going to venture out into. The app details things like accessible entry, entryway widths, and layout of spaces so that those with mobility issues have an easier time functioning...

Accessible Living: 8 Vanities For Function And Style

If you have ever used a wheelchair, or would like to have the option for seating at your sink or vanity, you're going to need space under the sink so that you can roll up and still complete tasks like brushing your teeth and washing your hands with ease. This means...

AARP: Can You Afford To Age In Place?

We all know that most seniors would prefer to stay at home as they age, but is ageing in place a financial reality for seniors? This article highlights the differences between universal design and ageing in place, two key concepts that are important to understand...

Bedroom Modifications: Adjustable Bed Frames

Your bed is one of the easiest and most effective modifications you can make to help with ageing in place. Adjustable bed bases often fit seamlessly into most bed frames, and once installed, look exactly the same as a regular bed. Adjustable bases are a fantastic...

Seattle Times: Build your home for aging in place

Making your home accessible makes it easier to function through, even before you need it to be. According to Angela Palmer, a designer specializing in expertly designed homes: "A lot of the design features needed for ageing in place make any home safer and easier to...

WBEZ: Meet The 21st Century Chicago Bungalow

Affordable housing in Chicago is finally starting to think about accessibility. This week, the American Institute of Architects wrapped up a design contest for affordable housing, and the three finalists have a refreshing take on the future of accessibility. The focus...

Yale Appliance: ADA Compliant Dishwashers

What does it mean to have accessible appliances? When it comes to dishwashers, it means having a machine that is 32 inches tall and has digital controls to avoid difficult hand movements. When you're looking for new appliances for your home, think about how you would...

Forbes: Could A Smarter Home Help You Age In Place?

The smart home is no longer a thing of the future, it's a thing of the now. New advancements in smart home technology may be able to pick up the slack that physical accessibility barriers have yet to tackle. In Lousiville, a smart home prototype is showcasing just how...

CTV: Eliminating accessibility barriers in Timmins

Stop Gap is a nonprofit that provides ramps to make establishments more accessible for those with mobility issues. If you live in an apartment building, stop-gaps like these can really help with steps. Stop-gaps are also a great option if you're looking for a quick...

H.A.T: Don’t be in the dark: Lighting for aging eyes

When it comes to lighting, figuring out what kind is right for your home as you age can be tricky. As we get older, we require significantly more light, but seniors tend to be more sensitive to glare, so lighting choices need to illuminate without doing further harm....

WheelChicHome: How To Buy A Sofa With Mobility Issues

Couches are an expensive purchase, so if you're thinking of replacing your current model anytime soon, it may be worthwhile to consider if your couch will be functional for you as you age. Things like height and depth can make it challenging to sit down and stand up,...

Samsung Is Stepping Up: Accessibility

Samsung refrigerators offer a screen that can be customized to any height, making it easier for users in wheelchairs. The absence of buttons is also beneficial for those who have trouble pressing buttons or gripping handles. Check out the full article here.

Grants: Accessibility Renovations

Mitigating the costs of accessibility-renovation projects is not an easy task. Luckily there are grant programs that you can apply for to help make this kind of transition easier. Read the full article here.

POPSCI: Smartphone Tweaks For Visual Impairments

Making your home and your life more accessible doesn't have to start with a massive renovation. One of the easiest ways for patients to achieve more independence as they age is to start becoming friends with the technology that will become ever-more important as they...

LancasterOnline: Remodeling ideas to help you age in place

It may surprise you to know that baby boomers make up over half of the home renovation market. Many of the adjustments necessary to make your home accessible are simple, and should be done before you actually need them. If you're not sure where to start, check out our...

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