The concept of "universal design" first evolved from barrier-free design concepts in the early 1960s. Since then, it has become a commonly adopted design method to maximise accessibility and usability of buildings, commercial products and environments without the need for modified or special design. It is a design concept that respects all users, and treats them equally regardless of their age, ability or status.
The Centre for Universal Design at the North Carolina State University has established the 7 principles of universal design:
Flexibility in use.
Simple and intuitive.
Tolerance for error.
(Source: Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D. (2015) Universal Design: Process, Principles, and Applications, University of Washington.)
There are Illustrations to show how these principles may be applied to the design of elderly homes.
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