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Aging In Place And Universal Design: The New Trend In Remodeling

  • According to a recent study by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), nearly 80 percent of Baby Boomers surveyed said they place to age in place, which means living in the home safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age or ability level
  • According to recent data gathered and reported by the National Association of Home Builders’ Remodelers:
  • 70 percent of remodelers surveyed reported making universal-design home modifications – a significant bump from 60 percent in 2006
  • The two most frequent aging-in-place modifications include adding grab bars (78 percent) and installing higher toilets (71 percent)
  • 84 percent of homeowners have at least some knowledge of universal design solutions
  • The majority of aging-in-place remodels are for those age 55 and older although younger audiences are becoming more interested to make it easier for older visitors or children
  • 70 percent of homeowners started remodeling projects for aging in place to plan for future needs
  • According to a survey by the Home Safety Council, the most common reasons given for not taking action to increase the safety of their homes include: not having time (48 percent) and not knowing what actions to take (28 percent)
  • Homeowners looking to remodel with universal design can hire a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS), a specialist trained in designing to meet the unique needs of the older adult population and adding aging-in-place home modifications

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