In 2011, the first of the baby boomer generation turned 65 years old. It’s estimated that 8000 people a day will be turning 65 for the 18 years following that 2011 date. With advanced age there are higher odds of becoming temporarily or even permanently limited in mobility. An
ADAconsultant that I worked with a number of years ago, described able bodied people as temporarily mobile individuals. He himself was confined to a wheelchair. I have never forgotten what he said. All of us will, at some point, experience immobility to on degree or another. The American Disabilities Act that began in the 70’s has made great changes in every aspect of public buildings. More than ever I feel that our private residential designs, whether new construction or remodel work, should accommodate universal design to help everyone transition in the golden years. With creativity, the design solutions can be beautiful solutions. The article below by Karin Beuerlein highlights a number of design considerations.
This bathroom incorporates several elements of universal design, including a curbless shower, wheelchair-friendly sink, and a hand-held shower. Image: Porcher