Here are some interior design tips that can help the elderly. 20% of the population are elderly and it’s our job as designers to make a comfortable and safe environment.
- Furniture should be easy to lean on and placed in a convenient spot.
- Avoid furniture that has sharp ends.
- Select double-rub furniture fabrics with a thread count of 30,000 for added durability and comfort.
- Choose a round table with a solid top- not glass.
- Place frequently used items in a waist-high cabinetry. This eliminates the need to reach high or bend low-which reduces the risk of falling.
- Drawer pulls are easier to grip then knobs.
- Ranges with control at the front.
- Level handed faucets and varied counter heights.
- Drawer-style appliances, such as dishwashers.
- The recemented amount of floor space in front of each appliance is 30″-48″ for universal accessibility.
- Avoid using scatter rugs- It’s easy to slip and fall. This helps prevent an accident.
- Tuck electrical cords behind furniture.
- The recommend height for light switches are from 44″ to 48″ inches.
- Create a strong color contrast between major pieces of furniture, walls, and floors.
- Darker color bathroom walls allow seniors to easily see the white toilet and sink.
- Color also affects mood. Soft pinks and greens can help you feel at peace, while red and orange can improve energy levels.
- Use nightlights or motion senor lights to help with nighttime navigation.
- Grab bars.
- Handhled showerheads.
- Benches or fold-down shower seats.
- Off-center, easy-to-reach shower controls.
- Non-slip flooring
- Roll- in or curbless showers