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universal designAurora Custom Homes Provides Expertise In Universal Design And Aging In Place Accomodations

Baby Boomers and maturing Americans agree there is no place like home. According to a recent poll by American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), nearly 80 percent of Americans hope to stay in their current home as long, and as comfortably, as possible.

Enter the latest trends to hit the custom home market in decades - Aging in Place and Universal Design. Aging in Place is a concept that allows homeowners to remain in their home safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level. Complementing that concept is the principle of Universal Design, which is the design of products, services and environments usable by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation. Both design principles work together to ensure that Americans who want to stay in their current homes as long as possible are able to do so.

There are three Aging in Place (AIP) segments including: those without urgent needs who wish to age in place but have no immediate or significant health issues; those with progressive, condition-based needs who have a chronic or progressive condition that requires special modifications to age in place; and those with immediate needs who have experienced an abrupt or traumatic change that necessitates accommodating modifications. Each segment requires a different level of design considerations, which can include appropriate bathroom fixtures, lowered kitchen cabinet heights, good lighting, appropriate doors and entryways, user-friendly HVAC systems, vehicular accessibility and large utility/laundry rooms. Homeowners who have debilitating injuries, health problems or physical handicaps need to consult with a health care professional and an experienced builder or remodeler to create a comfortable and accessible home environment.

To create comfortable living environments for aging homeowners, Aurora Custom Homes follows the principles of universal design that include flexibility of use for those with diverse abilities, simple and practical use of the products and the design, and the creation of a design that is appropriate for each individual's size and space in relation to their body size, posture or mobility. 

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