“A Locked Door May Not Be The Safest Thing When Designing For AIP”

Children and teenagers love their privacy in the bathroom – and they deserve it. They need to know that when they go into the bathroom that they can securely lock the door and keep anyone else in the home – siblings, for instance – from invading their space. This is just a fact of life,… Read more »

“Think Of ‘Where’s Waldo?’ When Doing Safety Assessments”

In the wildly entertaining and sometimes exasperating picture books of searching for Waldo hiding out among the many shapes, colors, and activities on the pages of “Where’s Waldo?” there is an illustrative lesson here in how to approach our safety assessments for successful aging-in-place for our clients. Whether you offer standalone assessments, audits, or evaluations,… Read more »

“Accessible Means More Than Just Coming And Going”

When we hear the term “accessible,” we tend to think of it applying to whether someone can get in or out of a home easily. That certainly is one aspect of it, but there are other considerations that are equally important to keep in mind as we talk about universal design and aging in place…. Read more »

“Aging-In-Place Isn’t Just For Seniors”

You may remember when growing up that there were certain milestones that either signaled the end of a particular benefit or that meant you were eligible for something you were looking forward to doing. For instance, being 5 or 6 years old was old enough to start school, another age meant being able to play… Read more »

“What Makes Us So Special?”

Ever ask yourself what makes you so special – professionally, that is, and in a market segmentation or customer appeal sense? If you can’t think of anything that really separates, sets you apart, or differentiates you from your competition, or if you have to work real hard to come up with something, how do you… Read more »

“Two Areas Where Product Advances Have Served Universal Design Well – Part II”

As we talked about last time, there have been many areas of home decor, features, components, and design that have witnessed major changes in the past few years, and the two topping the list, in my estimation, as the most significant are flooring and lighting. We already discussed flooring, so now let’s look at lighting. For many years, incandescent… Read more »

“Aging-In-Place Needn’t Be Elaborate”

Remodeling can be as simple or as complex as you choose to make it. It can be as simple as a fresh coat of paint, new curtains or blinds, a new piece of furniture, new chair rail or door trim, a new faceplate on light switches, a new faucet, or so many other simple-to-do, relatively… Read more »

“The Digital Age Is Perfect For Universal Design”

So many things that we use today are digital in their nature, such as cell phones, TVs, clocks, appliances, and thermostats. Very few items that we use are analog anymore. Thus, the term “digital age” certainly seems to apply. With the coming, and now arrival, of so many digital products, aging in place has become… Read more »