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What is age-friendly Design

Our homes should be a place that supports our independence and autonomy; allows us to remain active and healthy; promotes our social inclusion and engagement within our communities whilst respecting our lifestyle choices and evolving needs as the years go by. That is what it means for a house to be age-friendly.

According to a recent TILDA report only 13% of housing stock in Ireland is suitable for ageing in place  . With more and more Irish  seniors wishing to age at home and the demand for housing at all time a number of families are now seeking to create additional age friendly living space to help care for a loved ones as they age. 


Why the need for intergenerational house design is growing in Ireland

Age friendly housing is an integral part of our future society. Demographic projections show that Irelands population is ageing and it is expected that by 2040 30% of Irish citizens will be over the age of 65 and approximately 10% of our population will be over the age of 80 . When we combine the projections that tells us Irelands overall population will grow by 17% in the next 30 years it is clear to see that the way in which we live will have to change.

With the demand for suitable housing rising and Irish seniors wanting to age in place it is clear that construction practices towards the built environment will need to change.

The need to design around the changing composition of Irish families and the demand for more holistic and age friendly homes is already a trend that is growing in Ireland.



Intergenrational design and ageing in place

Our living environments have a major impact on our health and wellbeing particularly as we age . Ensuring their suitability and adaptability to people’s needs as they age is a growing issue particularly as most Irish seniors wish  to remain active and healthy in their communities for as long as possible .

The concept of intergenerational design and age friendly housing has many social, economic and environmental benefits .When these factors are combined with our demand for hosing and desire of most to age within their communities their is now a growing movement amongst private home owners  and property developers in how cater for our current and future housing needs as we age.

Private home owners

Inter generational home adaptations

Property developers

• Increased inhabitants’ quality of life and wellbeing

• Improved sense of comfort and safety at home

• Increased value of your property; additional argument for renting

Improved quality of houses is refected in a better work environment for home-care workers, contributing to increase
their job satisfaction,  physical health and propensity to stay with the organisation, while minimizing stress levels

• Meet the growing demand for age-friendly homes due to Irelands  demographic projections

• Increase the market value of your properties

• Add new housing models to your portfolio aligned with current social trends-

Are you interested in discussing the options around inter-generational house design ? Are you refurbishing homes so that they can better support health and well-being ? Are you interested in developing age friendly housing?

Speak to a qualified and experienced age friendly housing or inter generational home design expert today to examine what's possible .

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FAQ Age friendly house design

Intergenerational homes are designed to provide space for multiple generations to live together under one roof. The concept of multi generational living is a growing trend in the parts or Europe , USA and Canada. Given the demand and supply of housing and the desire of many Irish seniors to age in place , the concept of extended and then sharing the home is a practical way for families to live independently yet connected to their home and community. 

Approximately 83% of current Irish housing stick is not suitable for the needs of an OP . When considering the ideas and concepts around intergenerational house design it is advisable to speak with a specialist architect who is experienced in the area of accessible and shared living spaces . 

Approximately one in eight of Irish seniors over 65 say that their home is not comfortably warm during the winter months . Demand for age-friendly homes exceeds supply by far: a European study estimates to 10 million the demand for age-friendly homes in the upcoming years across the continent.

Homes4Life is a EU funded scheme that is examining a realistic long-term vision of people’s needs and requirements in a holistic life-course approach and help develop better living environments integrating construction and digital solutions where this is beneficial.