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  • In response to Charles Graham's posting, I agree that "Universal Design" isn't quite "Universal". Perhaps "Socially Sustainable Design" is a better term. I've heard that used a lot as well. There is no way that Universal...

  • Richard- I too agree with your comments-- and would suggest going to the paper and talking with them about doing a special feature about houses built to UD standards-- I think a lot of the ignorance comes from our societal perspective that young...

  • Richard, your point is spot on. I speak with residential architects and builders all of the time and they often don't understand the issue, and don't know where to start. I speak with communities that are losing their older residents because they can...

  • The term, "Universal Design" is a misnomer, in that the design is simply not universal. A few examples would be the lack of ablution hoses and eastern water closets, woks in the kitchen, kitchen cabinets designed for the 4'-0" tall person,...

  • The subject as presented is wonderful....except....how many of you have checked the "plans for houses" being offered in many news papers, especially on Sunday, which are absolutely "anti access". In our paper, "Kalamazoo Gazette",...

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  • 2015 State of the Art of Person-Centered Care Benchmarking Survey

    It's been almost a decade since the last national survey explored how care communities are moving away from more traditional systems of care and adopting individualized care practices. Whether it's a change in how meals are served, daily routines, or an enhanced physical environment, the momentum for change is growing. Even CMS is looking to embed Person-Centered Care much more deeply in their regulations. It is time that we take stock of how care communities are adopting Person-Centered Care Practices. 

    Please tell us what you have been doing in this arena. Nursing homes that offer short and/or long term care and assisted living communities are invited to participate in the 2015 State of the Art of Person-Centered Care Benchmark Study. We are looking to recruit more than 2000 care communities, so we need your help!

  • Latest Version of Design Guidelines for the Visual Environment

    Since the Low Vision Design Committee was first convened in 2011 under the auspices of the National Institute of Building Sciences and with the support of the Hulda B. & Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation, this task force has stayed true to their initial objective. Their recent publication, Design Guidelines for the Visual Environment, is designed to inform the regulatory and design communities about the challenges experienced by low vision populations and to provide specific design recommendations regarding the visual environment in order to afford equal access to all facilities through universal design principles.

Community Blogs

  • I recently presented this topic to a group of caregivers in Williamsburg, Virginia. Yes, caregiving - as in what some of you may be doing right now while balancing your busy careers with caring for a loved one like an older parent, sibling, spouse...

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  • Wei Wu, Ph.D., LEED AP BD+C, Department of Construction Management, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA 30458. Email: wwu@georgiasouthern.edu , Tel: (912) 478-0542 The story went back to fall 2011. I received an email from a local...

  • Architects can design homes, but not families. We can only design spaces as stages for stories to take place. Likewise, the blueprint for senior living involves space planning for a safe environment, but a successful blueprint requires more than the...

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  • “Baby Boomers, the first of whom are now over 60 themselves, have adult children living at home not yet able to afford their own place. They also may have aging parents beginning to need care and a safer housing environment. Senior housing in an...

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