6 Ways to Make A Space Elder Friendly

We have compiled a list of the 6 tips to make a home or office senior friendly. The ADA Accessibility Guidelines provide strict technical and design standards for facilities. This post will be a more general overview of what we have learned over the years while working with our clients.

1. Give-up Clutter, Not Style: A space done in good taste can be appreciated at every age. However, try avoid knickknacks or excessive decorative accents as they can become tripping hazards. Pinterest has many home inspiration ideas. They even have boards specifically with retirees in mind and wheelchair friendly designs.

2. Use Solid Colors on Walls: The use of patterned wallpaper or metallic paint can make depth perception and visibility difficult. Try selecting solid contrasting colors between the walls and carpet.

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3. Keep Blankets on Hand: If your space is susceptible to becoming chilly, a blanket can provide extra comfort while creating a cozy environment. We fancy Target's chunky-knit throw and Pottery Barn's plush faux-fur throw.

4. Select High Counters and Tables: Seniors won't have to bend far to reach objects if counters and tables are 26" to 30" high.

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5. Use Sturdy Chairs:The best chairs are ones with four legs that create a stable frame and base. Try to avoid plush sofas that make it more difficult to get up. Pinterest has great ideas for sturdy chairs.

6. Provide an Easy Entrance: The best case scenario is an entrance that does not have stairs or provides a ramp. A more economic alternative would be installing a hand railing or grab bars. 

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This article should not be construed as legal advice. Situations are different and it’s impossible to provide legal advice for every situation without knowing the individual facts.