AARP* recently ran a competition to design a home renovation that was both affordable and accessible and suitable for all ages. The competition, Home Today, Home Tomorrow, aimed to do two things: to raise awareness that just one percent of homes are suited to ageing in place, and to produce a toolkit, one for professionals, and one for home owners. In the video below the architects explain how they incorporated the principles of universal design in an affordable design. The homeowners toolkit overview says, “Aging in place allows homeowners to stay in their home and community safely, independently and comfortably. To do so will require some relatively modest renovations. Explore these universal design ideas, small and large, to get inspired about accommodating all family members from young children to aging adults.”
The professional toolkit overview states, “As the U.S. population ages, architects, engineers, designers and builders can make a difference in helping families and individuals age in place. Explore these innovative universal design ideas that are aesthetically sound and provide accessibility for any age.”
*Association of American Retired Persons
Many people know that there is some kind of service to help people live at home if they they’ve had a serious accident or become frail in later life – even if they don’t know what it is called. But fewer people know about services to help with renovating their home to make it more accessible so they don’t have to go into residential care.
The peak body for the home modification organisations, MOD.A has a list of all the local home modification services. To find the one nearest to you go to their website and the Resources webpage
Other useful organisations are My Aged Care help at home page, and Independent Living Centres Australia.
MOD.A National Conference will be held in August 2017 in Sydney.
You can also read MOD.A CEO’s paper on funding home modification services.