Aging In Place and Visitability

Example of kitchen features in CMHC Flexhome (Source: CMHC)                         Example of accessible, visitable entrance to residence (Image Source/Credit: Karnak Pro Builders)

SPH can advise home owners on work related to planning, designing and constructing home modifications that will facilitate aging in place or support visitability – including the preparation of architectural or concept plans using qualified professionals.

Whether you require an adaptation to your existing home environment, or you are planning to construct a new home that is accessible and visitable, contact us for more information on how we can help you achieve your goals. SPH incorporates the principles of universal design to all new construction or proposed adaptations to existing environments, to ensure your home will meet your needs for safety, health, and independence.

VisitAble Housing Canada Initiative

VisitAble Housing Canada logo

SPH supports the VisitAble Housing Canada initiative and their definition of VisitAbility through our ongoing accessibility work and projects in the residential sector. As identified by VisitAbility Housing Canada:

"VisitAbility is a movement to change home construction practices so that virtually all new homes offer a few basic accessibility features making the home easier for people with mobility difficulties to live in and visit. Although there are a few interpretations of VisitAbility, three essential features are commonly identified for VisitAble housing:

1) No-step entrance (at the front, back or side of the house)
2) Wider doorways and clear passage on the main floor
3) A main floor bathroom (or powder room) that can be accessed by visitors who use mobility devices
VisitAbility does NOT offer total access, but does allow people with mobility difficulties to enter a house without assistance from others, and provides access to the rooms and bathroom on the first floor."

Visit the VisitAble Housing Canada website for more information.

Visitable house in the Village of Bolingbrook Illinois(Source: Visitable Housing Canada)  Example of lever door hardware used for as visitability feature  Example of visitable route and entry via garage