Universal Design / Aging in Place
When it comes to planning for homes we generally live in a “here-and-now” society. A family with healthy young children would not typically think about planning for wider doorways, smooth floor transitions or single floor living options, but life can present the unexpected. Good Life's Glenn Meader recalls, for example, when his daughter Ashlyn was five years old and broke her leg, suddenly introducing a wheel chair into home living.
The “comforts of home” are never more appreciated than during an unexpected injury or illness, or later in life when abilities we once took for granted become more challenged. The design elements that can make these challenges easier (or the home more easily adaptable to them) are often planned into a Good Life project as a simple matter of thoughtful design.
Glenn's professional training as a Certified Aging in Place Specialist provides insights into many design aspects that help a space function appropriately for a wide range of abilities while maintaining an appealing aesthetic style.