Universal Design and Visitability concepts seek to support seniors, those with disabilities, and other individuals with unique needs by implementing design accommodations in new and existing homes.
Universal Design (UD) involves designing products and built spaces so that they can be used by the widest range of people possible.
It is meant to make it easier for residents with particular needs to use and enjoy a home by creating a more accessible, productive space.
A UD home includes amenities that are more functional and user-friendly for everyone, and particularly helpful at advanced ages.
Some of the elements incorporated into a UD home include:
Visitability is a less stringent standard than UD that focuses primarily on the entryway and a first-floor bathroom.
The full set of design elements recommended for each category is included in the checklists.