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What Kinds of Features are in Today’s Senior-friendly Residences?


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What Kinds of Features are in Today’s Senior-friendly Residences?

  1. 1. Brought to you by 45° EASY-ACCESS KITCHENS Universal kitchens reduce the need to bend or reach. 30 –48 Top Features: • Larger, easy-to-grab pulls instead of knobs • Ranges with controls at the front • Varied counter heights • Lever-handle faucets • Drawer-style appliances, such as dishwashers Recommended amount of floor space in front of each appliance, for universal accessibility WIDE-OPEN SPACES Open-space floor plans have fewer hallways and doorways, making it easier to move around. 55% Percentage of residential architects who say open-space layouts are increasing in popularity 2 32 36 2 Minimum amount of clear width through doorways for accessible homes Minimum width of hallways
  2. 2. IMPROVED LIGHTING Well-lit rooms and halls can help prevent falls. 44 – 48 Easy upgrades: $25–$75+ Cost of remote controls for lights $20–$140 Cost of motion-controlled light switches Recommended height for light switches so they’re easy to reach from a seated position FIRST-FLOOR MASTER SUITES First-floor bedrooms reduce mobility challenges for seniors and people with disabilities. Among households with a member age 85 or older, 64% include a person with a disability. 69% Percentage of buyers ages 55+ who don’t want a second-floor master suite SAFER BATHROOMS Bathrooms offer the most accessibility add-ons. Top Features: • Grab bars • Handheld showerheads • Benches or fold-down shower seats • Off-center, easy-to-reach shower controls • Non-slip flooring • Roll-in or curbless showers Sources: Metlife Mature Market Institute, National Association of Home Builders, National Kitchen & Bath Association, NC State Center for Universal Design Age