Universal Design and Health

The Center for Health DesignThe logo of Center for Health Design based in California has an excellent checklist that focuses on design features specific to older people. Of course, such features will generally benefit others. The checklist supports a universal design approach to environments for ageing populations. It is not designed as a list of comprehensive specifications, but a “thought starter”. It is probably best used to guide the discussion of design teams at the outset of a project. The checklist covers Home and Community including dwellings, Healthcare and design of clinics and emergency rooms, and Workplace designs and strategies.

The checklist matrix lists the strategy or goal, design considerations for the built environment, and the universal implications (benefits for everyone). For example, the goal of ageing in place in one’s home requires (among others) features that are easy to clean and maintain. The universal implication is that it increases the suitability of housing for a wider range of users and potential buyers. The checklist has a comprehensive reference list to support the content and for further reading.

 

 

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