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If your renovation plans include an aging parent, or if you yourself are an older adult looking to stay in your own home, consider a renovation with universal design. One type of renovation that should include universal design is the “mother-in-law suite.” Whether the space is prepared for a mother or father, in-law or not, a comfortable space designed to be functional for an older adult is the priority. With universal design, the function and safety of a space can meet the same aesthetic as the rest of the home.

Another type of renovation that should include universal design is a home modification. As an older adult thinking about the future, consider renovating your home to ensure your comfort and safety as you age. No one can foresee the future, but using the principles of universal design in your home modification will help to provide an environment to best uphold the function and safety of your daily routine while keeping your aesthetic preferences in mind.

The principles of universal design ensure that most everyone can comfortably and easily function in your home. This means that even if you use a walker or wheelchair to get around, even if you have difficulty with grip strength or grasp, even if you aren’t as strong as you used to be, you can still safely enjoy the home in which you live. Make sure you consult the proper professionals for a home modification or “mother-in-law suite.” If possible, ask for a contractor who is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) because these professionals will be most familiar with universal design.