What is accessibility? The thing that comes to mind for most people is the accessibility to public buildings. What about the accessibility to your home, or a friend’s home? Would you be hindered in your own home if you became disabled and had to use a wheelchair? The purpose of this article is to raise awareness to the lack of accessibility to people’s homes. Every home should be built using at least the standard code for accessibility, because health conditions could change and the home could become less accessible to the owner or family.
Article 27 of the Visitability Rule for one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses is something that people of all ages should be asking their builders about. The codes are standard and would make the house accessible to someone in a wheelchair. Unfortunately, most people do not know that this code exists. It is not mandatory for a builder to disclose the option of accessibility to their clients and that is why this frequently gets overlooked.
Ultimately, it is the goal of Aging in Place to update Article 27 so that the builder is required to disclose the information. While we fight that battle, we want to also educate people about this matter so that at least the people that read this can be informed and pass the information on. By educating other people we can slowly build momentum for the ultimate goal: and that goal is to have your home accessible to you so you can age in place. Please continue to read these articles monthly for new information.
The Aging in Place Committee meets at 8 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the LaGrange County Council on Aging. For more information, call Cheri at 463-4161.