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Aging in Place: Design Guidelines for New Construction in Residential Design




Albritton, Margaret Anne

Type of Degree



Consumer Affairs


This study examined the seven principles of universal design (equitable use, flexibility in use, simple and intuitive use, perceptible information, tolerance for error, low physical effort, and size and space for approach and use) represented in existing literature. Three main areas of private homes were examined as well: overall travel and hallways, bedrooms, and bathrooms. The study was qualitative and used a content analysis approach. Several current resources were examined including: codes, model codes and standards writing organizations and other sources. Credible experts in the field were interviewed as well. The study analyzed the current information provided and identified gaps in the research to see what new guidelines were needed. A comparative chart was developed to show the comparisons in the data found. The study found that the universal design principles were significant and there is a need for implementing guidelines for residential aging in place.