The U.S. has a huge cohort of independent living seniors, and this segment of the population has become an important customer base for builders and accessibility equipment suppliers. Building an elder-friendly house would mean taking account of their special needs and creating an environment that is conducive to their wellbeing.
According to a 2014 American Community Survey, approximately 6.8 million seniors with disabilities live independently. That number would have definitely gone up since then. The report shows that the total number of seniors with disabilities living alone as a proportion of the total senior population in some states is as high as 17.5%. Up to 20.6 million in this group have serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs. The statistics indicate that builders should take special care while constructing houses for seniors living independently. The focus should be on ensuring elder-friendly design that will allow them to access all areas independently.
The first step should be to locate the target group. Older adults are generally averse to moving out of their existing homes or to a new location. So builders looking to cater to the needs of this group can consider improving their mobility in their current environment with the right type of accessibility equipment.
Leading suppliers of accessibility devices offer myriad options for homes. To choose the right product for a particular home, the builder has to perform a site inspection of the indoors as well as the outdoors. Structural specifications, staircases, availability of space, and the consumer’s specific needs have to be assessed.
The different types of accessibility devices available in the market include elevators, stair lifts, and wheelchair lifts or platform lifts. Dumbwaiters are useful for transporting groceries, firewood, clothes or other materials from floor to floor. All of these are ideal options for homes with staircases and builders should work with their customers to determine the most cost-effective and suitable option for their requirements and settings.
Finally, choosing the right dealer in accessibility equipment would go a long way to ensuring smooth customized installation. Reliable companies provide architects and builders with comprehensive support – right from initial design and engineering, through installation and ongoing maintenance.