It is the year 2017 and yet accessible homes are still a concern for our elders. There must be something done to change this and this is what we will discuss today. The Centre for Ageing Better is wholly dedicated to advocating for a better quality of life for our elders.
When you get past a certain age, mobility can be severely hampered. This is compounded by any illnesses that have manifested over the years. As such, it is important that accessible homes be an option for the elderly.
More and more of our population are reaching their advanced years. However, there isn’t enough in terms of suitable homes. In England, it is expected that by the year 2025 there will be a 54% increase of aged persons in a home. Right now, there aren’t enough accessible homes to meet that rising demand.
As of this year only 7% of homes in the city of London have met basic standards regarding accessibility. One of the reasons as to why accessible homes aren’t being made en masse is due to the high cost in developing them. There aren’t a lot of developers who are willing to take on that project as they do not see the rising need that must be met years from now. More and more developers are leaning towards the trends of high-rises and condos for the present set of workers.
Not enough attention is being paid to those who broke their backs to establish the society as we know it today. This is heartbreaking. This has to change.
What are accessible homes?
The concept of an accessible home is one wherein the construction of the building itself and its access points are amenable to host anyone with disabilities or those who are elderly. This is a cohesive overall design which takes into consideration the height of furniture, cupboards, and other parts of the home.
Accessible homes are necessary for elders who wish to continue to live independently.
Parts of an “Accessible Home”
A home is usually not considered “accessible” unless it has:
- Handrails or grab bars throughout the home
- Easy to reach storage and work areas
- Lever-type door handles
- Walk-in showers
- Seats in bathtubs and showers
- Motorized aid for going up and down stairs
These are crucial in helping those with disabilities or those who are in their latter years. These features will help them live independently with comfort and dignity. These are also helpful for those who are aiding the infirm person living in the home.
Food For Thought
There needs to be a massive campaign launched toward the awareness of the need for accessible homes. The elderly need our help and our understanding. Budding developers, designers, and even government officials need to start serving the whole of society and not just a few.
We need to lobby for good quality and affordable housing that is tailored for our elders. They helped us and it’s our turn to help them.