What Goes Into Designing an Age-Friendly Home?

10 Apr

Growing old is inevitable. It requires you to plan ahead and get organised in order to efficiently and maturely lead your life in a safe and secure manner. Whether for yourself or for your loved ones, part of preparing for this includes choosing a home that is suitable for growing old in.

The most logical thing to do would be to buy a sprawling single-level home. Properties like these tend to be already age-friendly and if they are not, it would be easy enough to equip them and make them so. If for example you are unable to buy a single level home, there are many ways to still make it age-friendly when the need arises.

Age-friendly design involves the use of comfortable features, assistive technology and supportive design as these can promote ways to remain safely at home as you age. It is the best way of designing a lifelong home that is accessible, beautiful as well as functional. You will need to select helpful technology and functional modifications so that you can spruce up your home.

An age-friendly evolving home can help you to live your life in comfort and style. You need to organise your home in such a way so that it can meet your needs for today as well as tomorrow.

Wide and Open Hallways

As we mentioned in the beginning, it would be great to buy property that is both sprawling and single-level.

Wide and open hallways make it easy for navigation even if one should be in a wheelchair and unassisted. Hallways should remain navigable without too much hassle or inconvenience.

Handrails and Stairs

Hallways should have handrails so the elderly can walk unassisted.

Should your house have different levels and stairs are necessary, handrails on both sides ensure complete safety. Adequate lighting both on top and bottom of the stairs will also help prevent falls.

Good Lighting

All rooms and hallways in the house must have good lighting. Dark rooms and hallways can cause accidents, from minor bumps to maybe, even scary falls.

Floors and Rugs 

Age-friendly design of your home should also stress on the importance of having friendly floors since slippery surfaces can be very dangerous.  Floors should remain slip-resistant, which can be done by avoiding the use of area rugs. If you must, add non-skid mats under the area rugs.

If the elderly member of your family uses walkers then the best option for you is low pile carpeting as it will minimise the chances of walker getting caught on the carpet resulting in a fall.


Apart from having adequate lighting in the home it is also very important to have bench, table and other surfaces near the entryways for putting things down. Carrying a lot of things often cause people to lose their balance when entering or exiting the home.

Also take note of even small details such as doorknobs. They should be easy on the hands since turning a doorknob can be painful and quite a chore for someone with arthritis or any other health conditions. Hence it is very important to opt for lever style hardware or illuminated rocker switches for making the life of the elderly people easier and convenient.

Are you concerned for your safety and comfort when you grow old? Or perhaps, the safety and comfort of your aging parents. If so, what age-friendly changes are you looking to make in your home?