Tuesday, May 22, 2007

"Don't let disabilities or age rob you of a stylish home"

In this article about universal design ideas presented at the Atlanta Home Show, the benefits of planning such living spaces - for everyone - are discussed.

It discusses modifications to prevent falling and other ideas for people with disabiilties, elderly people and family caregivers:

"Pam Sanchez, of Pam Sanchez Designs in Atlanta, Georgia, designed the "Safe Home for Life" kitchen. Some of the universal design elements she incorporated were different levels of countertops, elevated appliances, movable work surfaces and shelves that slide out of cabinets.

Sanchez used three different countertop heights in the kitchen, each with multiple purposes. The lower countertops could easily function as an eating area or could serve as a work space for children or people using wheelchairs. Mid-level countertops allowed appliances such as ovens and dishwashers to be mounted at a more comfortable height. The tallest surface is more ergonomical than average-height countertops, allowing people to prepare food without having to bend over the work space.

Candice McNair, of Bright Ideas Interior Design Inc. from Marietta, Georgia, designed the master bedroom and closet installation. It incorporated an adjustable queen-size bed, a hospital bed, comforting colors and many details to make care-giving and living with disabilities easier and stylish."


Interesting how it's becoming more frequently acknowledged - right in the headline of this article and others - that the some of the same products can be marketed toward both groups - and this is the second article I've seen in a "Style" category in the past week linked to the word disability. Click above to read the article.


betterolls said...

I'd like to think this trend would lower prices, but I was recently at an exhibit like this and the prices for things were just as high and unaffordable as ever. The reality that articles like this ignore is that many who could benefit from these products can't afford them or lack coverage to get them.

goldchair said...

When I saw this post on my RSS feed, had to come over and comment. Bette beat me to it! I think articles like this misrepresent what is going on. How many people with disabilities can afford to build universal design houses or buy them with a layout like they need? Most of my disabled friends can't. I work and have some products that help but it's patchwork. Maybe retired people can afford this stuff better, will build homes and then the disabled can buy those.