It’s no surprise that aging-in-place home design has become a hot topic as of late. The aging population in North America is on the rise, with the number of seniors in the U.S. ages 65 and older projected to more than double over the next 40 years, reaching 80 million in 2040.
New home builders see an opportunity to create accessible, comfortable and safe spaces so that seniors can own a home that enables them to live independently and with dignity for far longer than they could in a traditionally designed one. The Cuyahoga Land Bank has embraced the aging-in-place trend and is currently putting the final touches on two new homes in Cleveland’s Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood. The Cuyahoga Land Bank recently hosted an open house and ribbon cutting at the homes. Attendees got a first-hand look at all of the unique aging-in-place features, including:
- First-floor master suites
- Easy-to-operate windows, door handles, and faucets
- Slip-resistant flooring in bathrooms and shower
- Wheelchair-friendly doorways and open floor plan with few obstructions
- Low doorway thresholds and the ability to accommodate a ramp