A Queensland architectural business has developed a new building assessment tool to help older people continue to live in their own homes.
The appraisal system developed by Ageing in Place Australia (AiPA) founders, Tanya Harris and Wim van den Herik, measures a home’s suitability for an ageing person and suggests any modifications that need to be made.
The Cairns architects came who have worked extensively in aged care design and construction, identified a need for conventions in the domestic setting.
“The 80-plus age group is the fastest growing population sector and our baby boomers are entering an age where they should be seriously considering their options into the future,” said Ms Harris.
“It makes sense to proactively seek measures that help our older people remain healthy and active.”
Specially trained field officers use the data collection tool to inspect homes.
Detailed reports are then provided on how to fix or renovate, and a building brief may be provided for the preferred architect, designer or builder.
“Modifying your home according to your changing needs can be far cheaper than relocating to an unfamiliar environment,” said Mr van den Herik.
“On average 35 per cent of our recommendations are DIY jobs, the remainder may need a trades person or architectural consideration.”