The most essential features for homeowners who want to age in place By Berit Griffin
If you aren’t building with universal design in mind, you may be making a major mistake. According to U.S. Census data, the number of Americans 65 and older is expected to rise 35 percent from 2010 to 2020. And make no mistake, this demographic has less interest in a nursing home or senior living community compared to prior generations. Hence, aging-in-place is on the rise. As you’ll see in the chart above, using 2013 data from the National Association of Home Builders, BuilderOnline.com has identified seven home features deemed essential for aging homeowners.
Are you including these features in your homes? Have you heard other requests from more senior clients? How does universal design impact your approach to building?