Designing and Modifying Residences for Aging in Place
In Designing and Modifying Residences for Aging in Place, you'll learn ...
- Physical challenges that make aging-in-place more difficult
- Indoor and outdoor residential modifications needed to accommodate the needs of persons with limited mobility
- The impacts of different choices in finishes in reducing dangers faced while aging-in-place
- Design choices that make common areas in multi-family housing more user-friendly to the aged
In millions of homes across the country, and in the homes of people we love, existing residencies are slowly but surely becoming prisons for their occupants. This happens as the aging process inevitably removes our ability to successfully navigate stairs and perform daily tasks required to live and survive independently. Societal options exist to move from private residences into congregate living facilities, where oversight and care are offered at various levels for those facing challenges. However, few are interested in thus surrendering their independence. People naturally prefer to just age-in-place.
It is possible to remain at home, even as physical and mental deterioration makes doing so more challenging. Given the amount of research that preceded establishing design standards to accommodate the handicapped, new structures can be designed which are far more user-friendly to the elderly. Changes to existing homes can also be made in incremental steps as needs arise.
This course provides insights on how to make private residences safer and more accessible for elderly persons who wish to age in place. There’s also a section of the course that covers design choices that make common areas in multi-family housing more user-friendly to the aged.
Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained
This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:
- Minimum space necessary to navigate and make a 180 degree turn in a wheelchair
- Kitchen and bathroom modifications needed to accommodate the needs of persons with limited mobility
- Layout and material selection criteria for living room, bedroom and foyer spaces
- Stair, ramp and handrail design criteria
- Laundry room modifications to improve safety and accessibility
- Changes in typical lighting strategies that are beneficial to an aging population
- Options for flooring materials based on care, hazards in use, and ease of mobility
- Proper design of exterior amenities to facilitate increased enjoyment of nature by an older population
Certificate of Completion
You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 44 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.
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