Homes for a lifetime

The structure of all new dwellings should take into account the likely need for modifications as the occupants age.

We are entering an era where it is expected that more and more people will be supported at home when they enter a time of reduced ability.  In addition, it is expected that more people will be nursed at home instead of in hospital.  Local authorities should not be expected to provide adapations to new owner-occupied dwellings. 

National planning policy should require that the design of new houses, the means of access to them and the layout of streets facilitate use by people with impaired mobility.  One reason for this is to make it possible for people to continue living in the same house as they get older and find it less easy to move around in their home and to get out and about.  Houses should be designed to be wheelchair friendly and to make it easy to install a stair lift and other essential appliances and aids.  Door thresholds, access paths and public footways should all be suitable for use by someone in a wheelchair.  A minimum of one room in each dwelling should be sufficiently large that a bedbound occupant can receive 24-hour nursing care.

Why the contribution is important

It is clear that we cannot afford to accomodate increasing numbers of people in hospitals and care homes.  Most people prefer to live in their own home rather than in an institution.  

by mirabellemaslin on February 20, 2016 at 05:16PM

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