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Accessible housing benefits people of all ages but it has been shown to be essential in facilitating the well-being and independence of disabled and older people who are at increased risk of serious injury from fall hazards.

A recent survey commissioned by the Good Home Inquiry found that half of those aged between 50-70 polled have not been able to carry out necessary home renovations, including much-needed accessibility adaptations, because they cannot afford it.

Vaila Morrison is Inclusive Home Design Expert at Stannah Stairlifts. As an architect, mum, and carer, Vaila is passionate about inclusive design and sustainability.

Her dream, she says, is to see inclusive design move away from being a niche concept, becoming instead a ‘mainstream’ must have, and to break the perception that accessible design is all ‘ugly plastic grab rails.’

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Vaila Morrison, Stannah inclusive home design expert
Vaila Morrison

By Vaila Morrison RIBA

Our homes are probably the biggest single investment that we’ll ever make, so it seems only sensible that we think about making them work for us, on any budget.

By that I mean make them sustainable in the broadest sense, invest sustainably so that we don’t have to throw large amounts of money at them, or find ourselves rushing into inappropriate adaptations, at a time of crisis.

By futureproofing your home in the earlier stages of life, you could reduce the need for costly adaptations later. When searching for your forever home try to consider larger hallways, accessible entrances, and wider staircases; the more open plan, the better.”

We insure ourselves financially against illness and accident, and we invest in pensions for retirement.

Let’s also invest wisely into our homes and provide ourselves with a bricks and mortar insurance policy; a home that can smoothly adapt to our changing needs, while remaining true to our individual styles and creating a beautiful ‘ideal’ home in the present.

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