LIVESMART Design: “Visitability” – a way of thinking about aging and design

By Carolyn Cook with LiveSmart Design in Charlotte, NC for Davidson Committee on Aging, 2011

As the population ages and faces a greater number of physical disabilities, housing and community development must be re-examined.  Visitability is an affordable, sustainable and inclusive design approach for integrating basic accessibility features into all newly built homes and housing.

Inaccessible homes impede the daily lives of people who are mobility impaired due to illness, accident or age.  Visiting an inaccessible home presents the danger of falling on the entry steps, the worry of not fitting into a bathroom and the embarrassment of being carried up stairs. Read more at