Because We’re Not Getting Any Younger

Post Sub­mit­ted by: Häfele Amer­i­ca

Whether you pre­fer to admit it or not, you’ve aged. And you con­tin­ue to. Even as you read this. And the same is true for the pop­u­la­tions flock­ing to mul­ti­fam­i­ly units. In fact, the ease of access, lack of exte­ri­or main­te­nance and includ­ed ameni­ties have equat­ed to a strong rise in aging pop­u­la­tions mak­ing mul­ti­fam­i­ly units their pre­ferred, new home.

In an effort to accom­mo­date this pop­u­la­tion, you’ve like­ly heard many in the indus­try talk about Uni­ver­sal Design. Many hear this term and shud­der as they think they need to upset their designs by adding very cold­ly designed and strict­ly func­tion­al, util­i­tar­i­an con­trap­tions you might nor­mal­ly see in hos­pi­tals or con­tin­u­ing care facil­i­ties. True Uni­ver­sal Design actu­al­ly just means the space is designed in such a way that peo­ple can pos­si­bly age longer in their homes and offers con­ve­niences which peo­ple of prac­ti­cal­ly any age or abil­i­ty could eas­i­ly use or ben­e­fit from. There are a lot of great prod­ucts out there which add func­tion­al­i­ty and bring val­ue to the space and liv­ing expe­ri­ence.

Do You See What I See?
The addi­tion of LED light­ing sys­tems such as Häfele’s Loox line is an attrac­tive addi­tion to almost any area of the unit. As we age, our eye­sight dete­ri­o­rates and we need more light to do every­day tasks. From being able to even­ly and effi­cient­ly bright­en coun­ter­tops to the insides of draw­ers, cab­i­nets and clos­ets, Loox is entire­ly plug and play. Motion and infrared switch­ing options make can even elim­i­nate the need for wall switch­es. Addi­tion­al­ly, peace of mind can be found in items such as light sen­si­tive, motion-activated plinth lights which can eas­i­ly be installed in kitchen or bath­room toe kicks and stay on for a peri­od of four minutes—just enough time to do what you need to do in either space.

Let the Culi­nary Adven­tures Con­tin­ue
From a Uni­ver­sal Design per­spec­tive, the kitchen offers tons of oppor­tu­ni­ty. Base cabinets—and specif­i­cal­ly blind corners—can be updat­ed to include pull-out pantry units which mean your clients will nev­er have to spend anoth­er moment crawl­ing on the floor and hunt­ing for casse­role dish­es. Upper cab­i­nets can include sleek­ly designed prod­ucts such as the iMOVE Pull Down Unit which allows you to bring the con­tents of your cab­i­nets to you by sim­ply pulling a han­dle. Bak­ers will love items such as our Appli­ance Lift which reduces coun­ter­top clut­ter while ensur­ing no one ends up as a bak­ing sta­tis­tic.

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Appli­ance Lift

Be Com­fort­able in the Most Com­fort­able of Spaces
Adding grab bars to areas sur­round­ing toi­lets and in show­ers and baths just makes good sense. And while safe­ty is of pri­ma­ry con­cern in restroom areas, com­fort is impor­tant too. HEWI grab bars from Häfele are offered in a vari­ety of col­ors to match any design and are spe­cial­ly coat­ed to ensure they are warm to the touch which is pret­ty fantastic—especially if you’ve ever felt the shock of grab­bing one that’s cold.

Reach Bet­ter, Store Bet­ter
By their very nature, clos­ets often require a lot of reach­ing in an effort to put away or orga­nize. To help alle­vi­ate some of that stress and poten­tial for injury, the addi­tion of a prod­uct like Häfele’s Clos­et Pull Down (avail­able in both mechan­i­cal and motor­ized ver­sions) means clothes can be eas­i­ly grabbed when need­ed and stored when you don’t. These solu­tions are also a great addi­tion for laun­dry rooms as well.

Hafele’s Clos­et Pull Down

Hafele’s Clos­et Pull Down

In the long run, incor­po­rat­ing Uni­ver­sal Design into your mul­ti­fam­i­ly projects ensures that all clients—regardless of their age and ability—will be able to live in and enjoy their spaces for longer peri­ods of time. And that’s cer­tain­ly some­thing to think about.

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