04 | Designing for Specific Circumstances

Housing for older people

Most older people live in general needs housing and, as they age, wish to continue living independently in their existing neighbourhoods. The benefits that Universal Design bring are therefore particularly significant when designing housing for older people, or housing that a younger person will be able to continue living in as they age. Homes designed to Universal Design standards can be easily adapted to meet the evolving needs of most people and thereby allow people to continue to live independent lives in their own homes and neighbourhoods as they age.

Guidance on designing to Universal Design standards will ensure that, with only very minor adaptations, many people will be able to continue living in their own homes and communities for as long as they wish.