Design for life
Smart homes could keep people out of hospital
- By: Oliver Ellis
A publication from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and building researchers BRE has set out guidelines to help ensure older and disabled people can stay in their homes for longer.
The report, A Guide for Assisted Living, shows how good design and new technology in the home can help people maintain their independence and dignity.
RIBA president Ruth Reed says, “Good design has a vital role to play in helping elderly and vulnerable people live dignified and independent lives, and supporting the capacity and effectiveness of professional care providers to meet the needs of those they are looking after.
“The UK’s population is ageing rapidly; one third of Britons are expected to reach age 60 or over in twenty years’ time and this will demand a new way of delivering care efficiently. If people are to be supported to remain in their homes for as long as possible,