Fairfax County

by Bonnie Joy, Interior Designer and CAPS

The concepts of Aging in Place and Universal Design are often confused or used interchangeably. However, they are actually two different concepts which share some of the same attributes. “Universal” design means that a room, such as the kitchen, can be used by anyone – young, old, short, tall, disabled and even those in a wheel chair.

The concept of Aging in Place is generally referred to as belonging to the Baby Boomers (and their parents), who choose to do targeted modifications to their homes so that they can live there in comfort and safety for the rest of their lives.


However, as previously stated, there are some “modifications” that cand also be considered “universal” in design. Here are some easy, money-saving ideas that can be done to your kitchen without a complete remodel:

  1. Pull out shelves (pictured here)
  2. Swing out pantry system
  3. Door Mounted racks
  4. Electric waste containers
  5. Swiveling baskets
  6. Pull down shelving
  7. Open shelving  (because, who needs doors?)

Ask your Interior Designer, Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS),  or general contractor how to go about  getting some of these systems installed for you.

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