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  • WE HAVE ALL HEARD THE MESSAGE THAT AMERICA IS AGING.

  • IN FLORIDA BY THE YEAR 2020, ALMOST ONE IN FOUR RESIDENTS

  • WILL BE BETWEEN THE AGES OF SIXTY AND EIGHTY-FOUR.

  • AND ACCORDING TO THE 2012 US CENSUS BUREAU,

  • AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY, ALMOST THIRTEEN PERCENT

  • OF FLORIDIANS ARE CURRENTLY LIVING WITH A DISABILITY.

  • CONSIDERING THE FACT THAT FLORIDA WILL GAIN A PROJECTED

  • SEVEN MILLION RESIDENTS OVER THE NEXT FIFTEEN YEARS,

  • THESE CHANGING DEMOGRAPHICS WILL HAVE AN IMPACT ON A

  • BROAD RANGE OF ISSUES INCLUDING COMMUNITY PLANNING AND

  • BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, AND FUNDING FOR MEDICAL SERVICES,

  • TRANSPORTATION AND OTHER COMPONENTS OF EACH

  • FLORIDA COMMUNITY.

  • THESE CHANGING DEMOGRAPHICS WILL ALSO HAVE A PROFOUND

  • IMPACT ON THE DEMAND FOR HOUSING, ESPECIALLY THE

  • AVAILABILITY OF HOUSING THAT CAN MEET THE EXPECTED NEEDS

  • OF AN AGING AND SPECIAL NEEDS SOCIETY.

  • OUR PHYSICAL FACULTIES ARE AFFECTED AS A NORMAL PART

  • OF AGING. THE DEGREE OF CHANGE MAY VARY

  • FROM PERSON TO PERSON, BUT THERE WILL BE AN IMPACT.

  • HOW WE PLAN FOR THESE CHANGES WILL DETERMINE OUR

  • INDEPENDENCE, OUR CONNECTEDNESS TO OTHERS,

  • AND THE LIFESTYLE WE ENJOY.

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  • WHERE DO YOU PLAN TO AGE?

  • THERE ARE MANY HOUSING CHOICES AVAILABLE TO YOU

  • WHEN PLANNING WHERE YOU WISH TO SPEND YOUR GOLDEN YEARS.

  • MANY PEOPLE OVER THE AGE OF SIXTY-FIVE WANT TO STAY IN

  • THEIR SINGLE-FAMILY HOME FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE,

  • AND MANY BELIEVE THEIR CURRENT RESIDENCE IS WHERE

  • THEY WILL ALWAYS LIVE.

  • HOWEVER, AN INCREASING NUMBER OF SENIORS ARE

  • LOOKING AT OTHER URBAN HOUSING OPTIONS,

  • WHILE OTHERS ARE DOWN- SIZING THEIR HOMES.

  • GENERALLY SPEAKING, THE BABY BOOMER GENERATION

  • IS LOOKING FOR WAYS TO REMAIN INDEPENDENT IN

  • THEIR HOMES AND COMMUNITIES FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE.

  • BUT NO MATTER WHERE YOU CHOOSE TO AGE,

  • UNIVERSAL DESIGN CAN HELP MAKE THAT A REALITY

  • FOR YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES.

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  • UNIVERSAL DESIGN SEEKS TO PROVIDE A COMFORTABLE

  • ENVIRONMENT FOR PEOPLE WITH DIVERSE ABILITIES.

  • A HOME PLANNED AND BUILT WITH UNIVERSAL DESIGN IN MIND, ALLOWS

  • EASY ACCESS TO ALL KEY SPACES WITH A HIGH LEVEL OF COMFORT.

  • UNIVERSAL DESIGN DOES NOT NECESSARILY REQUIRE FOR A

  • HOUSE TO BE BIGGER IN ORDER TO PROPERLY FUNCTION, BUT

  • FOCUSES ON HOW THE SPACES AND FEATURES OF YOUR HOME

  • SHOULD BE CAREFULLY PLANNED FOR DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES.

  • LET'S EXPLORE WHAT A SINGLE- FAMILY HOME LOOKS LIKE

  • WHEN IT HAS BEEN DESIGNED ACCORDING TO THE PRINCIPLES

  • OF UNIVERSAL DESIGN.

  • THE FIRST OF MANY ISSUES TO BE ADDRESSED IS THE

  • ABILITY TO SIMPLY ACCESS YOUR HOME.

  • IT IS IMPORTANT FOR USERS WITH DIFFERENT LEVELS OF MOBILITY

  • TO BE ABLE TO ENTER THEIR HOME USING A NO-STEP ENTRY.

  • A NO-STEP ENTRY INCLUDES A LOW THRESHOLD OF NO MORE THAN

  • ONE-HALF INCH IN HEIGHT, WITH BEVELED EDGES TO ENSURE

  • SMOOTH ACCESS FOR ANYONE THAT

  • MIGHT BE USING A WHEELCHAIR OR WALKER.

  • A SEAMLESS TRANSITION FROM

  • THE SIDEWALK OR DRIVEWAY TO THE FRONT DOOR CAN BE

  • CREATED BY MEANS OF A LOW SLOPE RAMP.

  • AS SEEN ON THIS PLAN VIEW, A SLOPED WALKWAY

  • IS CONNECTING THE DRIVEWAY TO THE FRONT PORCH

  • ON THE MAIN FLOOR, WHICH IS TYPICALLY AT LEAST

  • SIX INCHES ABOVE THE GROUND. A GENTLE SLOPE SHOULD BE USED,

  • WITH A MAXIMUM RISE OF ONE INCH PER ONE FOOT OF TRAVEL.

  • FOR EXAMPLE, TO RISE EIGHT INCHES, THE SLOPED WALKWAY

  • SHOULD BE AT LEAST EIGHT FEET IN LENGTH.

  • THIS ALLOWS A PERSON WITH LIMITED MOBILITY OR BALANCE

  • TO SAFELY AND COMFORTABLY USE SUCH A RAMP.

  • ADDITIONALLY, A NO-STEP ENTRY CAN BE USED TO

  • CONNECT THE GARAGE TO THE MAIN LIVING SPACES,

  • EITHER AT THE SAME LEVEL OR BY MEANS OF A RAMP.

  • IN BOTH CASES, THERE NEEDS TO BE ADEQUATE SPACE

  • WITHIN THE GARAGE TO MANEUVER AROUND A PARKED VEHICLE

  • AND SAFELY REACH A DOOR OR A RAMP.

  • AS A GENERAL RULE, THREE- FOOT WIDE DOORWAYS

  • AND THREE-AND-A-HALF-FOOT WIDE UNOBSTRUCTED WALKWAYS

  • ARE NECESSARY FEATURES TO EASILY MOVE BETWEEN SPACES

  • AND AROUND FURNITURE IN THE HOME.

  • OTHER NOTABLE UNIVERSAL DESIGN FEATURES INCLUDE

  • A COVERED AND WELL-LIT ENTRYWAY AND MOTION-ACTIVATED LIGHTS.

  • THESE EXTERIOR DESIGN FEATURES ARE DESIRABLE BECAUSE THEY

  • PROVIDE AN INCREASED LEVEL OF SAFETY AND COMFORT.

  • LET'S TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT HOW UNIVERSAL DESIGN FEATURES

  • CAN IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR EVERYONE IN THE HOME.

  • >>MY SON ADAM IS A TYPICAL ACTIVE TEENAGER, BUT LAST WEEK

  • ADAM BROKE HIS LEG AT SOCCER PRACTICE. NOW HE IS IN A CAST

  • AND MUST USE CRUTCHES FOR THE NEXT SIX WEEKS.

  • >>I CAN'T BELIEVE I DID THIS TO MYSELF. TRYING TO GET AROUND

  • ON CRUTCHES IS THE WORST. BECAUSE OF THE STAIRS

  • I USUALLY JUST SLEEP ON THE COUCH.

  • BUT AT LEAST I AM ABLE TO USE MOM AND DAD'S WALK-IN SHOWER,

  • SO THAT'S COOL.

  • >>WE LOVE OUR BATHROOM WITH A WALK-IN SHOWER.

  • IT IS CONVENIENT FOR MY HUSBAND AND ME, BUT IT HAS BEEN REALLY

  • HELPFUL DURING THIS TIME FOR ADAM. HE CAN SAFELY

  • GET INTO THE SHOWER AND TAKE CARE OF HIMSELF INDEPENDENTLY.

  • >>THE SHOWER HAS A SEAMLESS NO- STEP TRANSITION BETWEEN THE

  • BATHROOM FLOOR AND THE FLOOR OF THE SHOWER AREA.

  • ADEQUATE DRAINAGE IS ACHIEVED WITH A CENTRAL DRAIN

  • IN THE SHOWER ITSELF, AND A LINEAR DRAIN AT THE THRESHOLD

  • TO PREVENT PUDDLES FROM FORMING.

  • THE SHOWER SHOULD INCLUDE A HAND-HELD FIXTURE,

  • AND MAY INCLUDE A PERMANENTLY ATTACHED FOLDING SEAT.

  • THIS BATHROOM DISPLAYS OTHER NOTABLE ACCESSIBLE FEATURES.

  • POCKET DOORS ARE HELPFUL FOR REDUCING OBSTRUCTIONS IN

  • PATHWAYS.

  • A COMFORT-LEVEL TOILET WITH A HIGHER SEAT MAKES IT

  • EASIER FOR ANYONE TO TRANSFER BETWEEN STANDING AND SITTING.

  • IN ADDITION, A LOWER VANITY COUNTER PROVIDES THE COMFORT

  • OF A PLACE TO SIT, AND MAY SERVE AS A MAKE-UP COUNTER OR BE

  • FITTED WITH A SINK. THIS BATHROOM DESIGN ALSO

  • INCLUDES PLANNING FOR GRAB BARS. BLOCKING HAS BEEN ADDED INSIDE

  • THE WALLS DURING CONSTRUCTION TO MAKE INSTALLATION OF GRAB

  • BARS EASIER AND MORE AFFORDABLE IN THE FUTURE.

  • ROSA IS VISITING HER DAUGHTER'S HOME TODAY TO BAKE COOKIES

  • WITH HER GRANDDAUGHTER SOPHIA.

  • >>I LOVE BAKING COOKIES WITH GRANDMA ROSA. MY FAVORITE PART

  • IS CUTTING OUT THE SHAPES AND ADDING THE SPRINKLES.

  • >>I REALLY ENJOY VISITING MY GRANDCHILDREN,

  • ESPECIALLY WHEN WE MEET AT MY DAUGHTER'S.

  • SHE HAS THE NEATEST KITCHEN, WHICH IS PERFECT FOR OUR

  • BIG BAKE-OFFS. THE COUNTERS ARE JUST THE RIGHT

  • HEIGHT FOR ALL OF US, AND THE ROLL-OUT DRAWERS,

  • WITH THE CUSTOM HANDLES... THEY MAKE IT AN ENJOYABLE,

  • PAIN-FREE EXPERIENCE FOR THESE ARTHRITIC HANDS OF MINE.

  • AND THE RESULT, IS AN FUN EXPERIENCE FOR ALL CONCERNED.

  • >>A KITCHEN PLANNED WITH UNIVERSAL DESIGN ALLOWS

  • EVERYONE TO JOIN IN. A LOWER COUNTER SURFACE

  • CAN PROVIDE A PLACE TO SIT WHILE TENDING TO KITCHEN TASKS

  • OR A PLACE FOR CHILDREN TO MORE EASILY JOIN IN THE

  • COOKING ACTIVITIES. A COUNTER SET A FEW INCHES

  • BELOW STANDARD COUNTER HEIGHT, AND WHICH PROVIDES AT LEAST

  • THIRTY INCHES OF CLEAR SPACE BELOW, ALLOWS ONE TO PULL UP

  • A STANDARD CHAIR OR A WHEELCHAIR TO THE WORKING SURFACE.

  • INSTALLING ROLL-OUT DRAWERS FOR CABINET STORAGE MAKES IT EASIER

  • FOR ANYONE TO ACCESS POTS, PANS, AND KITCHEN TOOLS.

  • IT IS ALSO HELPFUL TO SELECT EASY-GRIP D-SHAPED CABINET

  • PULLS. OTHER OPTIONS TO CONSIDER

  • WHICH MAY INCREASE COMFORT, INCLUDE LEVER-STYLE

  • OR TOUCH-FAUCETS, AND STOVE UNITS WITH THE CONTROLS

  • LOCATED ON THE FRONT, RATHER THAN BEHIND THE COOKING SURFACE.

  • ALL OF THESE FEATURED ITEMS ARE AVAILABLE AT ANY LOCAL BIG-BOX

  • HOME-IMPROVEMENT STORE, AND CAN EASILY BE INSTALLED IN YOUR HOME

  • JOE AND BEVERLY PLANNED AND BUILT A HOME WITH MANY

  • UNIVERSAL DESIGN FEATURES.

  • >>WE LOVE OUR NEW HOME. IT HAS SO MANY CONVENIENT FEATURES.

  • WE CAN COME HOME FROM THE GROCERY STORE AND EASILY CARRY

  • OUR THINGS RIGHT INSIDE FROM THE GARAGE, WITHOUT HAVING TO USE

  • ANY STEPS. WHEN WE'RE COOKING,

  • OR REALLY WHEN MY WIFE IS COOKING, I DON'T HAVE TO

  • KNEEL DOWN ON THE HARD KITCHEN FLOOR ANYMORE TO GET POTS AND

  • PANS OUT OF THE LOWER CABINETS.

  • >>JOE LOVES THE ROLL-OUT CABINETS. AND WE ENJOY

  • HAVING OUR KITCHEN, LIVING ROOM, BEDROOM AND BATHROOM ALL HERE

  • ON THE GROUND FLOOR. IT KEEPS THINGS SIMPLE AND

  • EASY NOW, AND IT MAY BE A LIFESAVER ONE DAY WHEN WE

  • GET OLDER. THIS IS THE HOME WE PLAN TO

  • SPEND THE REST OF OUR LIVES IN. WE CAN STAY RIGHT HERE AND

  • CONTINUE TO DO ALL OF THE THINGS WE LOVE TO DO TOGETHER.

  • >>THE SINGLE-FLOOR LIVING CONCEPT DESCRIBES A HOME

  • WHERE THE KITCHEN, DINING, LIVING, AND A BEDROOM WITH

  • FULL BATHROOM ARE ALL LOCATED ON THE GROUND FLOOR,

  • THEREFORE ALLOWING EASY ACCESS TO ALL MAJOR HOUSE ACTIVITIES.

  • IDEALLY THESE SPACES ARE ADJACENT TO ONE ANOTHER

  • AND ORGANIZED ACCORDING TO AN OPEN FLOOR PLAN LAYOUT,

  • WHICH MAXIMIZES THE USE OF THE FLOOR AREA.

  • ON THE FLOOR PLAN SHOWN HERE, THE LIVING ROOM IS CENTRALLY