In September next year, a step free entry and other minor changes for accessibility will be mandated for all new homes. For many people it will minimise the need for home modifications. Where they are needed, it will make it easier and more cost effective. In the 20 years leading up to the code change, many research articles were written to put the case. These articles remain relevant for existing homes and in jurisdictions yet to mandate access features in new homes. They are a mix of magazine and research articles and are listed below.
Ageing in Place: Are we there yet? (2019) Mary Ann Jackson
Your Home: Adaptable Housing Guide (2013) published by the Australian Government
Overcoming inertia to jump start renovations for ageing in place (2020) Louis Tenenbaum
The potential of a home modification strategy – a universal design approach to existing housing (2014) by Phillippa Carnemolla.
The role of home maintenance and modification services in achieving health, community care and housing outcomes in later life (2008) AHURI Report by Andrew Jones et al.
Better supporting older Australians to age in place (2021) AHURI Brief.
Accessible housing – what’s it worth? (2020) by Dušan Katunský.
Ageing better at home (2018) Centre for Ageing Better
Housing and older people: four strategies (2018) Jon Pynoos
Home design and later life (2017)
Adaptable housing for people with disability in Australia: A scoping study (2021) Australian Human Rights Commission. It looks beyond the code change for new housing to the issues in existing housing.
Universal design and existing homes (four articles in this post)