Housing Design and Safety for the Elderly

Hülya Öztop and Sibel Erkal (Editors)
University of Hacettepe, Ankara-Turkey

Series: Aging Issues, Health and Financial Alternatives
BISAC: MED032000

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As an individual ages his or her body changes and the ability to deal with the demands of an environment usually decreases. A well designed, supportive environment may help older persons to utilize their homes more fully, more safely, and allow them to live independently in their homes longer. Use of kitchens and bathrooms may present the greatest challenge and the greatest safety hazard and in order to remain independent, an older person must be able to use these rooms fully and safely.

Based on the concept of ‘aging in place,’ design of houses in the past years are explored. Design features in the built environment become barriers for aging people with functional limitations. Initially, houses were designed according to the required needs of the user with the physical limitations. This new book discusses how housing must fulfill the needs for the daily activities of the elderly and give the feeling of satisfaction, security, comfort and independence. (Imprint: Nova)

Abstract

Introduction

Universal Design and its Principles

Furnishing

Lighting concerns

Safety features

Color

Easy Chair

Floors

Bathroom Areas

Kitchen Areas

Accidents and Injuries

Conclusion

References

Index

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