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Posted by Positive Aging SourceBook on 06/15/2022

Home for all Generations

Home for all Generations


The optimal home would have all living areas on one level with no stairs. However, most homes in the region feature living areas on multiple levels, which makes the stairway a critical element of design. Some solutions include:

 Adequate grip rails on both sides that extend beyond the landings

 Lighting on and around the stairway

 Contrasting colors to provide visual cues

 Floor treads

 Chair lifts, platform lifts, elevators


Well designed kitchens can accommodate the different heights and abilities of family members or visitors to the home. Some designs and products to consider include:

 Varying counter heights

 Elevated dishwasher

 Roll-out & pull-down shelves

 Swiveling cabinet doors with lazy Susan style shelving

 Rolling carts

 Dark and light colors for visual contrast

 Pull-out countertops 

below ovens

 Side-by-side refrigerator

 Knee space underneath cook tops and sinks

 Front control touchpad appliances

 Heat-proof surfaces

 Eliminating sharp corners

 Additional lighting including under-cabinet lighting

 Ergonomic utensils & products

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