A Studio for Aging in Place
Ruth Mullen of The Oregonian brings us this look at a studio designed with future aging in mind. While this may seem more applicable to home care solutions, it does give an eye-opening look at design considerations for the elderly.
Bruce and Carolyn wanted to be able to stay close to their thriving garden and the network of friends and family built over 30 years. But they also understand the physical limitations that can arise with old age — having recently confronted those issues with their aging parents — and wanted to be prepared themselves.
“It’s hard to anticipate what your limitations are going to be,” says Carolyn.
To that end, they worked with architectural designer Michael Wolfe to create a light-filled one-story studio that is as barrier-free as possible, including such things as a motorized sink that raises and lowers at the touch of a button and pullout chopping boards that can accommodate a seated person. In the bathroom, a curbless shower with a built-in seat offers ease of use for a person in a wheelchair, while grab bars double as towel racks.