Universal-Design Vs. Aging-in-Place Remodel: What’s the Difference?
If you’ve thought about remodeling your home to improve accessibility, you may have heard of two remodel options: aging in place and universal design. And if you’ve had trouble telling the difference, you’re not alone.
Even the home-design industry doesn’t agree on the dividing points, reports the National Association of Home Builders. But there are some general differences, says Bill Owens, a remodeler from Ohio who helps people in the industry choose which specialty to adopt for their business.
Basically, an aging-in-place remodel is more specific, he tells the NAHB.
Universal design augments traditional design, the use of which offers comfort, convenience and ease of use.
[Certified aging-in-place remodeling] usually targets a specific need whether it is the aging marketplace or individuals requiring home modifications. …
An additional tenet of universal design is adaptability. While aging-in-place remodeling may call for grab bar installation in bathrooms based on need, universal design would include blocking inside the walls so that a grab bar can be easily added at a future date.
Tomorrow, we’ll talk about some cool universal-design fixtures that are available these days.
Leigh Ann Otte is a freelance writer who specializes in health and aging issues. She covers finding and paying for senior care for OurParents. If you have any questions about this post or need help finding senior-care options for a loved one, call 1-866-483-4896 to speak with a care advisor in your area.