Ah, another acronym….well, this one means, Inclusive Design for an Aging Population. And we know that Nova Scotia is certainly an aging population.
What does one need to do to design in this way? What is the benefit for you as a homeowner? Those are frequently asked questions.
By 2030 more than 1 in 4 Nova Scotians will be aged 65 and older! We now have longer life expectancies than ever before (and lower birth rates), so we know the aging population is here to stay.
Think of it this way: if this is your “forever” home, and if you are NOT a senior right now, you will be one day, and it will happen a lot sooner than you think.
If you design your home in a way that you can adapt it to meet your needs down the road, you’ll never have to worry about moving later, or having to find the money when you’re living on a fixed income!
IDAP is also great for resale value. You open up the market of who could purchase your home (if this ends up not being your “forever” home). If your design meets the needs of a wide range of potential users it will allow for you to age in place OR have a home that would be attractive to an older demographic when you sell.
What is aging in place, you ask?
Well, essentially it is the ability to stay in your own home, comfortably regardless of age or ability level.
We all know we want to stay independent for as long as possible — so why not plan ahead?
Any house that is designed based on the principles of universal design will be safer and more live-in friendly to everyone.
A benefit of universal design is that as spaces become more open, it gives the impression of freedom and provides room for a wider-range of recreational activities. Whether that’s dancing in the kitchen with your partner, or your grandchildren running around playing tag.
Who doesn’t want to have room for activities in their home? I know I do!